Ticks area annoying and even frightening to homeowners because they can often be seen on walls and furnishings if the pet is infested.
The brown dog tick for example, is red-brown in color and 18th inch long when not engorged. Its mouthparts are easily seen when viewed from above.
The body is flattened and shaped like a tear drop. The female’s shield like area remains unchanged, but the rest of her body stretches and changes from re-brown to blue-gray, and body size increases to almost ½ inch long when she engorges with blood while feeding.
Successful control of a tick infestation is three-fold. It involves sanitation, tick control indoors and outside, and tick control on the pet.
Pet bedding and resting areas should be given special attention. Kennels and dog houses should be thoroughly treated.
Infested pets should be seen by a veterinarian, a pet groomer, or the owner should treat the pet on the same day on which the premises is treated.
Careful and thorough application of residual insecticides are effective in gaining control.
A professional control process will include:
- Inspection – Inspect the areas where the pet lays, plays and stays.
- Identification – Identify the areas to be treated.
- Determination – Once you have identified the hot spots you must determine the proper treatment process.
- Control – Making the correct application of product.
- Communication – The last part of a successful tick control is communication. Our technician reports, what was found during our inspection, what we did about it and what you can expect from our treatment. He will also discuss if further follow up treatments should be scheduled to make sure the problem is solved.