How to Get Rid of Ticks



There are many different types of ticks. However, we will talk about Brown Dog Tick, the American Dog Tick and Deer Tick. Ticks are small, reddish-brown in color and you can see the mouth from above. They are flat and shaped like a tear drop, when they get filled with blood then they will swell. All ticks are blood feeders and they can transmit many diseases. The American Dog Tick does not carry Lyme disease; however they do spread the Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The Rocky Mountain spotted fever usually takes about 2-3 days for symptoms to appear. It would start off with a sudden fever, headache, and muscle ache. A rash will usually appear on the wrists and ankles on the second or third day of the fever.

The rash will start to spread, if you have been bitten by an American Dog Tick, then it is strongly advised that you to go see a doctor because late treatment can be fatal. To control American Dog Ticks can be extremely difficult because most of the pesticides labeled for outdoor use for ticks will not exterminate them if they are in large numbers.

The Brown Dog tick and Deer tick will carry Lyme disease. When a person is bite by a tick, they might experience flu-like symptoms and will develop a red rash shaped like a bull’s eye. Since Lyme disease can be mistaken as a flu, most of the time people ignores the symptoms, however if it is not treated immediately then it can lead to more serious health issues. The preferred host for ticks is dogs. However American Dog Ticks will use humans as hosts too. They will attach themselves to ears and between the toes on dogs and lay their eggs on the back, but that area is not the only place that they can. Ticks can be transferred from other dogs as well.


Ticks usually live in areas that are high in humidity and commonly found in grassy, bushy, wooded, and shaded areas.


Few steps that you can take to control the infestation of ticks is to

  1. Well clip grass
  2. Remove the bush near your home
  3. Pruning trees to allow more sunlight to go through the soil surface and it will not be attractive to the ticks because the sunlight makes the humidity disappear.
  4. If you have a dog, after a walk or a vacation, make sure to inspect the dogs fur coat thoroughly to see any sign for a tick.

To control ticks outdoors so they don’t get transmitted inside, you can use liquid spray (LambdaStar 9.7% CS, FenvaStar EcoCap ) using a hand sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER), or granule (BIFEN GRANULES) using a hand spreader (HANDLE SPREADER).

Using the amount instructed on the label for liquid spray and granule. Apply the solution and granule uniformly on the lawn entire lawn, large turfs, and other landscaped areas. Apply on bushes, wooded and shaded areas as well. If there is already a tick infestation inside the home, you can use liquid spray (LambdaStar 9.7% CSFenvaStar EcoCap ) using a hand sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER) with a mist and pinpoint nozzle, dust (DELTA DUST) using a duster (BELLOW BULB DUSTER ) and aerosol ( ULTRACIDE AEROSOL ).

Using the amount instructed on the label, apply the liquid solution and aerosol around window/door frames, window sills, cracks and crevices, near pet areas, baseboards, corners, storage areas, closets, around utility pipes, attics and eaves, cabinets, sinks, furnaces, stoves, behind and under refrigerators, and carpets. Pay special attention to pet areas.

Ticks may be on the bed and furniture as well so we suggest STERI-FAB, it is safe to be used on beds and furniture. After the application of liquid solution, aerosol, and STERI-FAB, leave the house for about 3 hours and ventilate the house once you come back only if you sprayed the whole entire carpet, or mattress. After you come back home, steam vacuum the home thoroughly.

Reapplications may be needed. If that is the case, reapply to retreat the home. If there is a tick attached to your dog we suggest you use PETCOR FLEA SPRAY (DOGS AND CATS), you will spray individual tick thoroughly until wet then give the dog a bath.

LambdaStar 9.7% CS FenvaStar EcoCap
LambdaStar FenvaStar

These products can be used with this item:

Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer
Bifen Talstar EZ

These products can be used with these items:

Handle Spreader

These products can be used with these items:

Bellow Bulb Duster
Ultracide Steri-Fab Petcor Flea Spray

Date: Thursday, 14. January 2010 13:24
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    How it save for dogs.

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    Are you asking whether it’s safe for dogs?
    I cannot know which product you are talking about, so let me just go over all of them.

    You cannot use any pesticides directly unto the pets except Petcor Flea Spray.
    All the other spray / aerosol products (Cynoff WP, Cyper WP, Demon WP, Suspend SC, Masterline Bifenthrin 7.9, Bedlam, Alpine, Ultracide, Precor 2000, V Clean-Out, Steri-Fab) are
    Pet-safe once they are dried.

    Granule products are pet-safe after 24 hours after you water it.

    If you can let me know which product you are talking about,
    I can give you more in details.

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    We have a 45 acre property, about half woods and half grass. Ticks are everywhere. You cannot sit on the grass without getting one or two on you. It is disgusting and discouraging.

    I would like to treat the grassy areas to knock down the tick population. I am concerned, however, with runoff into our lake. I see that some of the products (like Suspend SC, at least) are dangerous to fish. Is this true for rain runoff or only if directly sprayed in the water?

    Do you have any suggestions about how to proceed?


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    I am very sorry to hear about the tick infestation.

    For your case, I would recommend using a granular insecticide along with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator). You would spread the Talstar EZ Granular Insecticide usuing a Handle Spreader. If the granular were to get wet, perhaps from the rain, it is alright because the insecticide will soak into the ground and we usually recommend that you hose down the area after application.

    We also recommend the Archer Insect Growth Regulator for the discontinuation of the reproduction of your targeted pest. You would have to spray this with a Chapin 1 Gallon Sprayer; 1 oz of the Archer IGR to 1 gallon of water. This actually prevents the ticks from being able to reproduce which will ultimately rid you of your pest.

    You do not have to worry about the rain and insecticide running off into your pond, as long as it has been left to dry for 2-3 days it should be fine.

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    I have 3 cats, 1 dog and both the dog and I have had a few rounds of Lyme disease. I don’t want to use chemicals because the animals eat the grass. I have heard of EcoExempt IC2. does it work at killing the ticks. Is it toxic to the well water and animals. How about Astro permethien ?

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    EcoExempt IC-2 is very low in toxicity and pet- safe.
    The active ingredients are rosemary oil and peppermint oil.
    Althought it is very safe, I would not recommend that EcoExempt IC-2,
    or any liquid insecticide for that matter, is safe for the well water.

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    I was trying to read and understand your article but I still have questions. Is it possible to have a tick infestation in your house?

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    Yes it is possible to have a tick infestation anywhere, including your house.

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    We found 1 tic on our dog and 1 tic in the house. Is this cause for alarm and should we spray the house?

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    Lately I have been finding ticks everywhere, we have two indoor small dogs and a cat who likes to sneak inside. Ive found ticks on me and on our furniture. I also have a toddler so I am wondering what would be the safest method to treat tick infestation both in the house and in the yard? We bathe the animals often and spend hours picking out the ticks from the dogs. Ive also purshased an outdoor/indoor insecticide spray but it doesnt seem to be helping.

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    ticks, ticks, ticks, I have had more than I can handle. I take care of cats, and dogs only for them to jump off of them on to me. I have scars all over me from those little rascals. April to August all I have are ticks I have one inside dog I have to pull ticks off of constantly. I have 20 yes, 20 grandchildren I can’t have here because I do not want them sick with ticks. I have a stocked pond, chix and cattle. Give me something safe!!!! Where do they go in August????

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    Hi Heather,
    You can use a granule to treat outdoors and prevent ticks from entering your home ( For indoors, you can use a liquid insecticide such as Talstar Pro or Suspend SC. Unfortunately, all pesticides contain some level of toxicity, but as long as you keep your pets and children out of treated areas for at least 3 hours, it should be safe for re-entry. However, please thoroughly read the product labels to get a more precise time frame.

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    Hi Gayle,
    It’s probably the weather that kills them off in August. For starters, I think you should start off on the outside. As I mentioned in my previous comment, you definitely want to look into our granules that will target ticks: Just apply them outside as directed by the product label and you will hopefully see a good decrease in tick numbers. Check out the rest of our flea products here: Among these products, I recommend using the Suspend SC or Talstar Pro for indoors. You can also use the Petcor spray on your cats and dogs! However, because I don’t know the exact specifics about your situation, I think you should call the manufacturers of every product you decide to buy and make sure that it is safe to use near your animals and plants and grandchildren.

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    I’ve found 3 ticks on me now in the past 2 weeks while in my bed. I’ve been bitten once by one of the three and now have lyme diseas and am taking antibiotics… My concern is the third tick I’ve founf on me was after the first tick which bit me.. I don’t want to be bitten again.. Any suggestions for my sleeping arrangments? or to protect myself?

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    We need a really need a super strong spray to get rid of them ,my parents and I are sick and tired of them they are all over our backyard,we need support. Thank you

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    Hello Jesus,
    The best spray that we can recommend is Demand CS. If you have animals, pets, or children, all treated areas must be avoided until that area is completely dry. Archer IGR should be used with the Demand CS. These two sprays are sprayed once every 3-4 months. Treat only ornamentals and lawns but not in gardens that bear fruit or vegetables. If you have any other questions about tick control or other recommend products, feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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    Hi Danielle,

    Unfortunately, we don’t have any preventatives for your bed, but we can recommend the Bed Bug Tent. The tent has a mesh that is small enough for even the nymphs of bed bugs and so it will definitely keep ticks out. If not, we recommend spraying Demand CS around the base boards of the room and around the immediate area around the bed. Unfortunately though, you cannot use Demand CS directly on the bed. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us again.

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    My daughter went camping in N.H.and now she keeps finding ticks on her.. She thinks their in her truck from the camping gear.. what should she do to get rid of them ? she went to pick up her dog, and from being in the truck, the dog has since had four ticks on ????

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    Hi Kim,
    Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of options for control inside a car or a vehicle. The best we can recommend to you is the Precor 2000 Plus spray. It’s normally a spray that is used for fleas but it is labeled for ticks as well so we know that it will kill the ticks. It’s a pressurized aerosol. It cannot be sprayed on the seats themselves but can be sprayed on the floor mats and on the floor of the truck as well as in the trunk and etc. You should spray and not use the vehicle for at least one day and before she uses the truck again, she should ventilate it for about an hour. Precor 2000 Plus spray should be sprayed once a week. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again!

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    I have 3 dogs and a baby on the way within a month. I have noticed that one of my dogs is carrying WAY too many ticks, and i have found plenty of them on the couches and rugs she sleeps on. Im worried that there may be more ticks around the house where i cant see them. Everything but the rooms are tile and we are changing the carpet in both my room and the babies room. But I want to know a good product that i can use around the house and outside just to make sure there will be none for the babies arrival, but that wont also break the bank. In that case what should i do with my dogs? 2 of them are due from grooming and medicated bath. But i dont want them coming home to more ticks.

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    Hi Margie,

    First and foremost, you should definitely get your dogs treated at the vets. They will have different options for treatment and many treatments have a repellent type that will keep ticks off or prohibit them from attacking your pets. However, since we do not specialize in veterinary services, we will not have much information on treatment for your dogs. As for the insecticide, we recommend using Demand CS. It is safe to use inside on the base boards and in cracks and crevices. You also want to apply Archer IGR along with the Demand. All treated areas must be avoided until the treatment as completely dried. You can also use Demand outside to create a barrier around the entire house. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    hello, thanks for the article.i have a question though. whats a pet friendly way to get rid ticks indoors and outdoors?

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    Hi Angel,
    If you are referring to pet friendly as non-chemical, then the only way would be glue boards. But even glue boards only really monitor for ticks, but does not eradicate the infestation. You will need to do a chemical treatment to get rid of the pests from the inside and outside of the house. Many products are safe to use around pests when you use it as labeled and allow time for each product to activate and dry completely. If you have any questions on products to use for tick control, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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    I live in Bangkok Thailand, and have five dogs. They stay outside in the yard all day and come indoors to sleep at night. We are seriously infested with ticks to the point of me waking in the morning with at least three ticks attached to me. I can’t find your products here – what can I do?

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    Hi Sharon,

    Unfortunately, we are unable to ship any chemically based products internationally. You will have to find a professional who can help you in Bangkok. I apologize that I’m not able to better assist you.

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    I had a dog that had so many ticks and we got rid of him. I am pregnant and haVe a 4month old baby so I freaked out when I saw them on the sliding door coming in. They are everywhere outside by the sliding door and now coming inside. Please help me. What can I do to getrid of them I’m scared for me and my baby.

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    Hello Jenny,
    We recommend the products called Demand CS and Archer IGR on the outside of the structure and they should be applied to the isolated areas of infestation. Demand and Archer IGR can also be used indoors for crack and crevice treatment around the baseboard and under & behind furniture. All product labels must be reviewed before applying any pesticide. Also, all treated areas must be avoided until the treatment has completely dried.

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    We run a dog kennel and about 6 months ago whelped a litter for a friend.This is where the trouble began. We now have an ongoing explosion of ticks in our whelp facility. It has been completely emptied and we have bombed with Adam’s 3pk fogger’s twice already, treated the yard several times with tick treatments and no matter what we still keep seeing little baby ticks that have hatched in the building. They must be in walls or crevices and nothing seems to work. We repeatedly have sprayed the walls, loft and everywhere possible. Short of burning down the building,(lol) we need a cure fast!! I have a month before I need the building for a new litter coming. Please, please give me a solution that will work once and for all!!

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    Hello Lynn,
    We don’t believe foggers to be very effective, especially if you are looking for long term control. They have short residuals (a week at most) and will stop killing once that residual goes away. We recommend using Demand CS as well as Archer IGR for the kennels. Keep in mind that all treated areas must be completely dry before reentry by people or by pets. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know! 🙂

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    I had a dog which died last week he had too many ticks on him
    we used many sparys but cudnt save him now i find ticks all inside
    My house i realy dont know to get rid of them my mother is a old
    lady im realy worried for her

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    Hello Mary Peters,
    The product that we usually recommend for tick infestations is Demand CS and Archer IGR. Demand CS and Archer IGR can only be applied around the base boards, window sills, and door frames as well as other non-accessible areas. As long as all treated areas are completely dry after application, it will be safe for reentry. These two products should be applied every 3-4 months. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi. Having a tick problem too. Could you recommend a product that can be applied directly to carpet? And in which order should the house and pets be treated for maximum benefit?

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    Hi Bob,
    Pets should be taken to a veterinary service to be treated as soon as possible. They will be able to give you topical or ingestion medication to treat ticks on your pet. For your home, there is just one product we carry that is labeled for broadcast application inside the house. That product is called Zenprox EC. It is a liquid concentrate that you must dilute with water and apply with a pump sprayer. We also recommend the Archer IGR. This is not labeled for broadcast application, but it can be applied around door frames and the baseboards of each room. It is crucial for tick control because ticks reproduce quickly. Archer does not have a killing effect, but it does prohibit the ticks from maturing into the adult stage and ultimately, prohibits them from reproducing. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to let us know! 🙂

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    Hi… Im from the Philippines and Im having problems with ticks. I have a 2 months old shi tszu and got lots of ticks even after pulling them off, they still come back. Our 5 month old dog died because of ticks and Im worried that history repeats. We tried applying Frontline from the vet – but nothing. Please help.

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    Hi Chona,
    I’m not sure if you are saying you are from the Philippines because you are there now. If you are, we will not be able to send you any chemical products. Ticks are a huge problem when there are overgrown grasses and natural forestry around your home or around the area that your pets will play and run around. Unless those areas are treated, it is difficult to say that your pet will not have a tick problem. We recommend that you continue to take your pet to the vet regularly and have it groomed and checked out on a regular or more than regular basis. We also recommend a product called Demand CS in conjunction with Archer IGR to kill the ticks on the structure or outside around the lawn. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    my brother brought home a dog and now theres ticks in my room! my dad says theres no tick in any other room but the dogs been in the whole house. whats happening?

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    Hi Brad,

    I’m not sure why they are limited to just one room, but we do recommend treating the dog immediately and also advise that you begin treatment in the room as soon as possible. We recommend Demand CS with Archer IGR to spray around corners and baseboards of the room and other tight cracks and crevices. It is not likely that they can survive indoors without a food source, but it is important that you do treat the room. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    My sons play baseball so they are outdoors a lot . Their father just found a tick on my 7 yr olds bed. I checked their baseball uniforms and found nothing. Should I be concerned? I also have a 9 month old baby, who I don’t want being bit. What am I looking for as signs of an infestation?

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    Hi Asia,

    It is not likely that ticks can survive indoors, however, we do recommend getting your home treated by a professional, especially if you have pets as well. Unfortunately, for ticks, the signs of infestation indoors would be the ticks themselves so there is no way but to inspect thoroughly around cracks and crevices to see if you can locate any ticks. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    We have 13 acres of ground an lots of trees.we have 3 cats wich get it possible that ticks can live in your house.I found these little tiny bugs in our room by the french doors I looked at them through a mgnifine glass they look like baby ticks.but not that possible.thank u

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    Hi Brooke,

    It is absolutely possible for ticks to enter your home, but it is unlikely that they will be able to reproduce and thrive inside the house. We recommend using Demand CS with an additional product called Archer IGR to kill and control ticks.

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    I just woke up to a dog tick on my back I felt something crawling on me while holding one of my newborns I looked up a whole bunch bedbug tick fleas and a whole lot of other pics trying to find out what this thing was and it was for sure a dog tick I have to adult pitbulls and 5 children my dogs dont barely go outside there always in the house and when they do go for walks they go by the cementary I guess but lately my boyfriend been working at a construction site could it be that hes bringn them from work or walking the dogs im worried should I seek a doctor ? This is the 7 tick I find now its on my bed I started seeing them in the bathroom now they are in my bedroom we always wake up with red bite marks anything I can do

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    There can be numerous possibilities of by which the ticks may have foraged in to your house. It is possible they may have hitched a ride with your dogs or from the construction site. If it is a dog tick, you may want to first check your pitbulls because they would be the most favorable hosts for the dog ticks. I would try to stay away from insecticides since you have a new born. The best remedy I can suggest is that you do a thorough inspection and clean out around the home and wash all your sheets in hot water. Extreme heat can also kill bugs and ticks usually do not infest in large numbers unless they have a host they are settling on.

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    My kids and i just moved in with my boyfriend and while setting up their beds i noticed a couple of ticks on the carpet. I started to vacuum and i noticed ALOT of them. Since i vacuumed i didnt rly see anymore the that certain room but im scared to even stay, i dont want my kids getting any diseases! My boyfriend says we can just buy a bunch of chemicals to spray inside and use sulfur outside…? He does have two outside dogs that are covered in these nasty things. Please help! I want them gone!

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    Hi Paige, Sorry to hear about the sudden infestation of ticks! First I would like to advise that you throw out the vaccume bag. Pyrethroid insecticides are best recommended for flea/tick treatments. I would highly recommend you also use an insect growth regulator with the contact kill insecticide. I would recommend products like the Dragnet SFR with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) such as Precor IGR. You should also use these products and spray around the outside of the house especially around the bushes, trees, and shrubs.

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