Tick Prevention Guide

How to Prevent Ticks

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Tick Prevention Steps

Now that you have completed the tick treatment, and your pet, home and yard are free from ticks, you will want to make sure you prevent another infestation. There are steps you can take to insure that you stay tick free.

Step 1

Tick Prevention For Dogs & Other Pets

Be sure your pet is protected from a tick infestation by putting them on a monthly flea and tick treatment such as flea drops or sprays. There are many pet flea control products available on the market so be sure to read the label of the product you select as some sprays only last a few days. Inspect your pet regularly for ticks by manually feeling them and visually inspecting them for live ticks.
Pro Tip

If you take your dog to the dog park or walking in the woods, it would be a great plan to give them a quick rub down to be sure they are not bringing back any ticks back home. You can also apply a repellent spray on your pet fur just prior to venturing out to keep ticks away.

Step 2

Indoor Tick Prevention

How to Keep Ticks Out of Your House
You can help prevent ticks indoors by doing regular checks on your pets and yourself. It just takes one pregnant female to cause an infestation indoors so careful pet and self inspections are key, especially after going to dog parks or walks in the woods.

Step 3

Outdoor Tick Prevention

Tick Prevention for the Yard
Preventing ticks in your yard can be a bit difficult because animals such as rabbits, raccoons, deer and stray cats may wander on to your property and leave behind ticks.

You can help keep ticks off of your property by creating a tick free zone:

  • You should have an area that is at least 9 ft wide between your yard and any wooded area.
  • Trim back trees to allow as much sunlight as possible into your yard.
  • Keep grass as short.
  • Remove as much leaf litter, wood piles and other yard debris as possible.
  • A clearly defined, well manicured border between your yard and any wooded areas or weedy lots will reduce the chance of ticks infesting your yard.
  • The addition of wood mulch or pea gravel to this border area will help deter tick infestations
  • If your yard becomes infested most years you can preventatively start spraying the hot spot areas in the spring and continue once every 30 days through to the first frost
You can learn more about preventing ticks and other pests from infesting your yard and home by reading our General Pest Prevention Guide.

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