Tick problem!!!! Help!!

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Ok here is the scoop. We have a major tick problem this summer and it seems like no matter what we do I still pull ticks everynight. We have treated our back yard once a mont for 4 months now and now results. we have treated our dogs a number of different ways, (flea and tick collars, the drops down thier back and flea and tick shampoo during baths once a month) Has anyone else had this problem this summer? What so you all recommend we do. Iwant to gt this problem fixed before I bring my new puppy home in Oct. Nov.

 

PLEASE HELP!! we have gotten lucky so far and neither one of our current babies have had any illnesses due to the tick problem but at this rate I feel its just a matter of time.... (hangs head and cries) I pull at least 3 off each of dogs a day! Granted most of the time they are dead already but still. I also have to wash my bed on a daily basis as well and would like to save on the wear and tear on my bedding. 

 

Thank you all for your input!!

 

Amanda, Babys and Britches

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if they are already dead then that's a good sign, I've heard that ticks have to be attached for more than 12 hours to transmit diseases. As long as they are not fat and kicking I think the dogs are safe. I've pulled a few dead ones off of Jade too, seems like a particularly bad summer for them. 

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My dogs are on Advantage because Frontline just sucks for me. I think the pests in our area are building a resistance to it. I would talk to the vet about changing flea/tick treatments. THere are so many out there, you should be able to find one. Other than that just pick pick pick! Crossing my fingers and knocking on wood, they haven't been bad here. (Which surprises me, because of my 11 acres, 9 are heavily wooded and 1.5 is unmowed meadow.)

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I don't know what will kill them in the yard this year, we have never had any problems and yet I have found ticks on me, the chihuahua who never goes much further than the front steps on a lead and one off of Ben's eyelid. We all had a fairly warm winter which didn't kill the eggs so this summer is worse than normal so pray for a cold cold winter. Not necessarily snow but cold for long periods..... i do know that tea tree oil will kill fleas instantly not sure about ticks. We always burn them till they pop. And all a tick has to do is bite the victim and that can be the instant it sets sticky little legs on the dog or later on.

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We are lucky in WA- Aus because we don't have here, but when we were over east they were EVERYWHERE! I have always used sentinal as it does fleas, ticks and worms. I still use cause I trust the brand and we have had good results with them so far. I had a border collie get sick because of a tick and luckily we caught it in time. But man is it scary! 

I suggest talking to your vet as others have mentioned :)

Sian and Harley

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Thank you all for your input.... we greatly appreciate it. I have an appt with the vet on august 8th. hopefully we can stay healthy till then.  (fingers Crossed) just really scary thinking that they might get on my kids too.  husband found one on his toe this morning so if we are getting them then so will the kids. 

but thank you all for your input!!!

The White Family

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A couple of things to think about.. Some people ( including our Vet) recommend switching flea and tick meds every three months.. we go from Advantix to Frontline.

Not a lot of ticks here as the weather is dry but occasionally we do see them.. I've used the cotton ball soaked in dish detergent method of removing them.. that way I'm sure to get the entire tick off.. ( the soap smothers the nasties and they just let go)

HATE them just totally hate them and am so thankful there aren't a lot.

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Please make sure they get their lime vaccine.

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Thank you for the cotton ball technique, Ill try it tonight.... here in New Mexico they have been just brutal this year... last year we hardly saw any, but we had a extremely cold winter though to.... reached and past record low of -2F  we got as low as -10..... dont look forward to doing that again and hope we never do.... . this last one was more like a normal fall for us. 

Again thank you for your input.

Amanda

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DO NOT SUFFOCATE THE TICK!!!

They breath through their behind while feeding and if you put something on them they can't breath, and will let go. BUT!!!! Before they do so, they will release some of the blood they sucked so far back into the dog and with that whatever disease they might carry! 

Use tweezers to pull them off by the head and make sure you get the whole thing! 

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Also when ticks burrow in they go in clock wise in order to guarantee that you get the head you need to unscrew them so to speak by using tweezers and turning counter-clockwise.  Just like the old saying righty tighty lefty loosy.  If you do not get the head out itwill also leave any diseases present and can cause a sore which in turn can become infected.

Just my 2 cents

Jeri