ticks in the house

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Skilos's picture
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Hello,

Our dog no longer has ticks on him due to Frontline. But, we are finding ticks in the house and on us.

Any suggestions on what we can do to get rid of the existing ticks and prevent new ones from coming in?

Thanks in advance.

OmegaWolf's picture
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Vaseline and cigarette lighter?  I don't have experience with ticks, but have heard this works well for at least removal.

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Oh boy, have we been through the tick hell before, I feel for you.  I am in FL where the ticks and fleas are bad year round and frontline is the only way to go, so that is a good thing that you have your dog on frontline.  Has your dog continuously been on frontline or have you just recently started using it?  I know that once the ticks have been on the dog, I believe that if they have bitten the dog they become sterile?  That's the way I remember it, someone feel free to correct me if I am not remembering that correctly.  Do you have carpet?  It sounds like they may be living in the carpet, which is what happened to my family once.  My springer spaniel NEVER had so much as a flea or tick on him, until we boarded him at a new facility and he came home with them, but we didn't realize that for weeks.  Then one morning we woke up to them crawling up the wall near where he slept and they were in the carpet, it was beyond gross.  I had never wanted to put anything on him because he was mostly an indoor dog and we had him groomed every 4 weeks, so he was not protected.  The groomer must have pulled 50 ticks off of him.  We put the frontline on him and we ended up having to pull all the carpet up in our house after spraying it about 4 times and they kept coming back. Like you, we found a few of them on us too.  My daughter was only 3 at the time and they seemed to get to her the quickest. I put white socks on her so that we could catch them as soon as they got on her.  It was repulsive. We put in pergo floors.  Then they had no where to hide, and once the dog is on the frontline the problem just sort of went away.  Greta, my doberman, she is all in the trees and bushes outside so I have to put the frontline on her religiously every month.  I can't remember if it is 7 or 10 days that they hatch, but you have to spray on the day that the eggs hatch or they will get out of control again.  I want to move to Montana or somewhere were ticks are non-existant! I sincerely hope you get control of your tick problem.

Lee Ann

Oh my gosh I didn't know that they could get that bad to have them in the house like that! We have them in the woods but none of my dogs have ever gotten any. Can you bomb a house for it? I'm shocked, glad I live where I do. :)

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Housefrau - you need to get a good exterminator in to spray your house. Let them know you have pets and have a flea and tick problem. They have additives they can put in the spray to take care of that. It basically upsets the reproductive cycle as well as killing the adults. You may want to ask your vet who they recommend. You should not have to use any aerosols or even leave the house. I had a friend who used to be in the business and once he got my house started, I never again had problems. He's been retired now about a year and I am going to have to start looking as his last spray is about to wear off.

Most over the counter sprays will do an ok job, but for your infestation, a professional strength job is what you need. In Florida the training they get should cover your situation as is does here in S. Georgia.

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Oh, I wasn't the one with the problem, just telling about the problem that I had about 8 years ago.  I was just mentioning how bad they CAN get into your house.  Been there done that.

I just never knew that they GOT INTO the house. I thought they were something that lives in the woods, I'm still shocked and glad I live where I do lOL.

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They don't come in unless they hitchhike on your or your dogs. So far this season, I have only had one and yet to find one on the dogs. Of course the one I had could have come from the Scout Camp rather than my yard. My biggest problem is the squirrels. If anyone wants some I can send a dozen or even a gross. I have a lot of oak trees and hence a lot of squirrels. They drive the dogs crazy when they go outside.