Among many health issues that may adversely affect the lives of our beloved pets, the risks presented by infected ticks is at the top of the list. These blood-feeding arthropods, found throughout most regions of the world, are not only visually repulsive and unnerving, they can transmit dangerous tick-borne diseases to your beloved pet. As pet owners, we want to do everything we can to keep our furry best friends.
Knowing how to identify and remove a tick safely, easily, and quickly, is vitally important to the well being of our pets. In this guide, you will learn how to do these things, and much more. We’ll cover common tick prevention tips for your outdoor activities and steps that may be helpful in protecting your pet. At the end of this guide, we’ll also provide information on the revolutionary TickZapper®, which removes the entire tick (including mouthparts!) – quickly, easily, safely – without risk of direct, human contact! Read on to learn more about ticks, and how you can buy your very own TickZapper®, today!
What Are Ticks and Where Are They Found?
Ticks are small, parasitic arthropods. Biting into the skin of larger animals, they secure their mouthparts in preparation for host feeding. Although most ticks are only 3–5 millimeters (roughly 0.1 – 0.2 inches) in length pre-engorged (pre-feeding), they may engorge to ten times their pre-feeding size. In addition, ticks may also carry and transmit a number of dangerous diseases, including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan, and many more.
Ticks are found on every continent in the world and can survive in a number of climates. Most tick species prefer to inhabit heavily wooded areas with thick grass. This type of foliage provides an opportunity for them to latch onto hosts. Some of the most common tick species in North America are the Blacklegged tick (also known as the Deer tick — Ioxdes scapularis), Western Blacklegged tick (Ioxdes pacificus), and the Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis).
Ticks and Your Property
An important step in tick management is attending to your yard. This will be helpful in keeping them – and their tick-borne diseases – away from your pets. Most dogs and outdoor cats are able to roam freely within the safety of their owner’s yard, which could lead to tick encounters, tick bites, and the need for quick tick removal – to avoid disease transmission. Making your yard an undesirable place for ticks to exist is a good way to prevent issues for your pets. Helpful hints are as follows:
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
In addition to the above-mentioned items, keeping wild animals off of your property is key, as well. They may carry a variety of diseases as well as ticks. Seeking professional advice from your exterminator is another preventative measure. These recommendations will go a long way in the tick prevention effort! Don’t forget, some animals – such as birds and larger insects – are natural tick predators, and, are natural allies for any property owner looking to rid outdoor spaces of ticks. Learn More HERE.
Keeping Ticks Off Of Your Pets
Try as you might to keep ticks off your property, there is always a chance that your cat or dog may come into contact with a tick. Thankfully, there are easy steps you can take to help mitigate those chances. Dog owners should always use discretion when taking their dogs out on trips. If you’re traveling, keep your dog on a leash and steer it away from long grass and foliage, if possible. Don’t forget…do a thorough tick check after any outdoor activities! Run your hands down all surfaces of your pet’s body, gently but firmly feeling for irregularities on the surface of the skin. If one is found, part your pet’s hair at the targeted region to get a better look at the source. If you find a tick, it is vitally important to remove it as quickly – and safely – as possible, to prevent the spread of disease.
Quick, Easy & Safe Tick Removal with TickZapper®!
While there are many tick removal methods, there are none easier or more effective than the revolutionary TickZapper®. Removing ticks from dogs, cats, horses, or other pets, has never been easier! TickZapper® removes entire ticks (including mouthparts!) – safely, easily, and quickly – without risk of human contact. Buy your very own TickZapper®, today!