It’s that time of year again! Tick season! I hate the little buggers (sorry about the pun). I was hoping that the bitter cold winter we had in the Northeast killed off some of the ticks, but I understand that might be a false assumption. I have not had any ticks on my dog yet this year, but I sure had them last Fall. I found this article about 5 easy ways to get rid of them in your yard. As the popular saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I’m going to try some of these ideas.
The TickEncounter Resource Center at the University of Rhode Island has also suggested the idea about tick tubes. You can buy tick tubes online, but you can also save money and make them yourself. Basically a tick tube is filled with cotton balls that are treated with a pesticide. Field mice living in your yard are attracted to the cotton balls to use for their nests. Mice may be carriers of ticks and tick eggs. Permethrin kills ticks, but it is safe for mice. Stuff the treated cotton balls down the mouse holes, or stuff them into empty toilet rolls and scatter them for the mice to find.
I also like to treat some articles of clothing and wear it on the dogs when they are out. I purchase Permethrin at Tractor Supply. Tractor Supply sells concentrated Permethrin at a great price. You dilute small amounts of Permethrin with water, and it goes a long way. A bandana treated with Permethrin will kill ticks if they come in contact with it, or you can also treat a vest or reflective leg bands for your dog to wear. The best way to treat articles of clothing is by soaking them in the Permethrin mixture, but you can also spray it on and let it dry. If you soak the clothing, allow it to soak for about 2 hours before wringing out and drying. The treatment will last through many washings.
This article from the TickEncounter Resource Center provides instructions and videos on two methods to treat clothing against ticks. Clothing can be treated for yourself, as well as for your dog using the same methods.
Have fun with your dogs this Summer, and make sure he is protected against ticks and harmful pests. ShopForPuppy also sells flea and tick treatments if you prefer a topical medication. A portion from each sale is donated to Rescue, and helping pets in need.