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Main Street Pet Care- Ticks Pt. 2- April 22, 2014

Dr. Ben Leavens has several products to help control ticks and some ways to decrease the population around your home.

Controlling Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease

Ticks are hard to kill.

Almost all come from the outdoors: "wildlife ticks."

Brown Dog Tick is only indoor tick.

Cannot control tick reproduction with current science.

Several different life stages infest dogs and cats.

They are active a different times of year as well.

Tick diseases can transmit in as few as three hours from the tick to the host. 


Treat the Animal!

Various treatments have variable effectiveness.

Review Products.

Apply year 'round by calendar (NOT just when you see ticks)!

For disease prevention, it is too late if you only treat when you see ticks.

Routine use has been shown to decrease new cases of tick borne diseases.


Minimize exposure:

Prevent roaming. 

Limit tick habitat.

·  Remove leaf litter.

·  make barrier between woods and yard.

Quickly remove attached ticks.

Discourage wildlife by removing debris and nesting materials near the home.

Some experiments in treating wildlife.

Dogs can act as tick vacuum cleaners.

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