Pesticidal control of ticks may require both pet treatment and treatment of the infested area. If a heavy tick infestation occurs it is necessary to treat pets, home, and yard at the same time. Established brown dog tick infestations of homes and yards are frequently difficult to control.
Pets should be treated by using dusts, dip or sprays. Rub dusts into the fur to the skin being careful not to allow chemicals to get into the eyes, nose, or mouth. Heavy infestations of ticks on the animal should be controlled by spraying or dipping. See your veterinarian for products and recommendations for direct pet treatment.
People entering tick infested areas should keep clothing buttoned, shirts inside trousers, and trousers inside boots. Do not sit on the ground or on logs in bushy areas. Keep brush cleared or burned along frequently traveled areas. Repellents will protect exposed skin or clothing. However, ticks will sometimes crawl over treated skin to untreated parts of the body.
For the Premise
Premise sprays are registered for tick control. Read the label thoroughly to be certain that the site and type of application (lawn, house, crawl space, kennels, etc.) is on the label.
Insecticides should be applied inside the house carefully as light, spot treatments to areas where ticks are known to be hiding. These can be applied indoors as crack and crevice or surface treaments. For heavy infestations indoors, or when egg masses of ticks hatch, space sprays can be applied to give quick knockdown. Outdoors, infested areas should be treated by applying a broadcast treatment of insecticide to the landscape. Special effort should be given in treating areas frequented by pets. Applications at 2-4 week intervals may be necessary to eliminate the ticks. Pets should be kept off treated surfaces until dry. Apply products according to label directions. Do not apply these products directly to pets.