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What are the best products to use to kill ticks on my dog?

All Vet-Kem® products labeled to kill ticks will be effective, but some formulations work faster or last longer than others. It can take as long as one to two days for a tick to die, once exposed to the active ingredients in a product. The quickest way to kill ticks is to expose them directly to a wet product like a shampoo or spray. While collars or topical spot type products may kill ticks a bit more slowly, they provide the longest-term protection, from one month to several months depending on the product.

If ticks have infested my home, how long will it take before the problem is under control?

Once ticks infest a home, it can take several weeks before dramatic results are seen. Even if you're consistently using a tick control product on your pet, you may see ticks from time to time. It's very easy for pets to pick up ticks from infested areas indoors, as well as outdoor environments that cannot be controlled. You can help prevent an infestation of the home by using tick control on your pet throughout the entire tick season. If your home does become infested, we recommend weekly treatments until the infestation is brought under control.

What areas of my home should I treat for ticks?

Ticks can move around a house quite easily, so it's important to be very thorough when treating. Vet-Kem® premise products should be used on all carpeting and upholstered furniture. Ticks often hide in the crevices and underneath furniture, as well as in the baseboards. They climb vertically, so it's important to treat the sides and backs of upholstered furniture. Ticks can also be found on walls and other smooth vertical surfaces. These areas should be checked so that the ticks can be physically removed. Special attention should be paid to closets, storage places, and other areas where ticks can hide under or behind objects.

What areas of my yard should I treat for ticks?

Treating your entire yard will give you the best protection against ticks. However, since ticks are usually found in brushy, woody and tall grass areas, these areas need special attention. Treating with an adulticidal product, such as Vet-Kem® Siphotrol® Yard Spray, and keeping your lawn well mowed and trees and bushes well trimmed would be helpful in reducing the local tick population.

Where does my pet usually pick up ticks?

Ticks can be found in a variety of places, but they are most prevalent in thickly vegetated areas outdoors. Many of the places we take our pets for recreation, like parks, wooded areas and even our own backyards can be hotbeds for tick infestation. They are often found on vertical surfaces, like the sides of fences, trees or tall grass. Ticks can then easily attach themselves to a pet or person who is passing by.

What can I do to help prevent a tick infestation?

Products that kill and repel ticks are extremely helpful in reducing the number of ticks your pet may pick up. In most cases, effective tick control will not be achieved unless both the pet and its environment are properly treated. Avoiding woody or grassy tick habitats will reduce your pet's chances of encountering ticks. Checking your pet regularly for ticks will give you the best chance of finding and removing them before they can cause a problem. In addition, keeping your yard well mowed and clear of woodpiles, leaves and other debris will help reduce the tick population. Heavily vegetated and moist, woody areas around your home can be a haven for ticks. Treating your yard with an adulticidal product such as Vet-Kem® Siphotrol® Yard Spray will help prevent an infestation.

I have treated my pet and the ticks are not falling off. What’s going on?

Ticks may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to die. Attached ticks take longer to die and detach than unattached ticks, which usually die more quickly. Ticks also die more quickly if they are saturated directly with a “wet” product such as an on-animal spray or shampoo.

Does (S)–Methoprene kill tick eggs?

No. Ticks, along with spiders, mites and scorpions, belong to the Arachnid family and will not be affected by (S)-Methoprene or any other insect growth regulator. The best way to prevent tick eggs from hatching is to protect both your pet and your home environment from adult tick infestation. Mechanical cleaning (vacuuming, sweeping or mopping) is recommended to remove tick eggs that may already be present in your home.

Will using two products on my pet kill ticks faster?

Using two insecticide products on your pet, at the same time, will not kill ticks twice as fast. Each product is designed to contain just the right dosage of active ingredient to kill the ticks that come in contact with your pet. In general, ticks die more quickly if saturated directly with a “wet” product such as an on-animal spray or shampoo. If you are continually seeing ticks, this usually means that there are infestations in your home, yard or other areas that your pets frequent. Controlling the infestation, while killing the existing adults, will provide your pets with quicker relief and long lasting protection.

How often should I bathe my pet for tick control?

When ticks are first seen, bathing with a flea and tick shampoo will often provide quick relief. Repeat every 7 to 10 days, if necessary, for adult tick relief. Shampooing will quickly kill unattached adult ticks, but may take longer to kill ticks which may have already become attached. Once the lather is rinsed, it will not continue to kill any new adult ticks that crawl on your pet. For longer-term protection, we recommend following up with another product, like a collar or on-animal spray. These products will provide continuing control of any adult ticks that your pet may pick up. It's usually not necessary to shampoo the pet again when following up with another product.

Why do I sometimes continue to see ticks even after I've treated my pet, my home, and my yard?

Since ticks usually develop more slowly than fleas, ticks eggs developing in your home or in your yard may survive your initial treatment. These new tick larvae, also called “seed ticks”, emerge from their eggs in search of a host, like your pet. These larval ticks, as well as any nymph or adult ticks, will be killed once they've been exposed to the active ingredients in the Vet-Kem® products you've used. Re-treatment of your home and yard every 2-4 weeks for up to 2 months may be necessary to get a tick infestation under control.


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