There are several products for tick control, removal and prevention available in the market. Most of these provide excellent spot-on tick control for pets and humans. Many have been especially formulated to give excellent protection against fleas and other insects as well.
Come summer months, the tick nuisance can escalate out of control. Not only do ticks cause extreme itchiness in animals; they can also harm humans by spreading dangerous diseases like Lyme’s Disease, spotted fever, Rocky Mountain Fever etc.
Here are some of the best products for tick control, removal and prevention:
1. Tick Combs
Tick combs are especially designed to remove ticks and fleas from fine coats of pets. Tick combs can be used safely on cats, dogs and rabbits. Nicely rounded with no sharp teeth, the combs capture most parasites without causing injuries to pets. You can remove dozens of fleas and ticks with regular use!
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2. Tick Collars
Veterinarian recommended tick collars with Amitraz as the active ingredient can help detach and remove ticks from dogs and cats. Most tick collars come in 25 inches measurement, so if you have smaller pets, simply cut them to size to fit. Win the war against ticks using the tick collars. (Do note that separate flea control might be needed as most Tick collars give no protection against fleas).
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3. Tick Control for Dogs
There are many brands of tick control tablets and spot-applications for dogs and they vary based on the size of the dog as well as other factors like the time for which they remain effective. Most tick control products work like a charm on fleas as well as ticks; others might need additional flea control. Tick control tablets start working in less than 4 hours and remain active for up to a month. Make sure to keep the pet indoors for a few hours after administering the product.
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4. Tick Control for Cats
Like tick control products for dogs, you can buy tick control for cats in form of oral or topical products. Topical applications could be licked by the pets, so make sure you apply only where the pet cannot reach it. Some methods of tick control are available in form of vials and syringes. Follow the instructions on the label to administer the medicine to your feline. Most tick control remedies work effectively for up to one month after which you need to re-administer it. These not only act as preventive tick control remedies but also work against existing ticks and fleas getting rid of their eggs and larvae. Make sure to repeat application every month for ongoing tick and flea protection.
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5. Tick Remover Twisters
Reduce the risk of harmful and serious diseases like Lyme’s and Rocky mountain fever by using tick removers such as the Tick Twisters. These are safe and easy to use and specially designed with a notch to help you grab and pull the tick out completely. This ensures that you get all of the tick out and not leave behind its mouthparts in the skin. Tick twisters also have bowl shaped tick catchers so you can keep the detached tick to dispose it off later. Best to use on fully engorged ticks. The twisters can be used on pets, adults and kids to safely remove deer ticks and wood ticks.
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6. Tick Remover Keys
This is another fantastic tick remover product that I simply must mention. Shaped exactly like a key, the tick remover (known as the tick key) is perfect for getting the parasite out with its head intact. The key is especially recommended for pet owners living in heavily wooded areas. No matter how much tick prevention you do, keep the tick key on hand. A safer alternative to dangerous methods of tick removal such as burning matches and tweezers (which rarely get the ticks out in the first attempt), the tick key brings out ticks each and every time. Keep you and your pets safe from diseases using this tick product!
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7. Tick Repellent Lotions
Humans are no safer from ticks any more than pets. If you are the types who loves going outdoors on long hikes in wooded areas and grassy trails, this repellent is a must have. Formulated specially to be splash and sweat resistant, tick repellent lotion repels deer ticks as well as mosquitoes both of which are known to cause serious diseases in humans. Basic active ingredient in Tick repellent lotion is DEET; however, it is made even more effective with the use of unique 3M polymer technology. Always opt for tick repellents without alcohol- alcohol simply dries off after a while, making the product ineffective.
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8. Tick Repellent Sprays for Clothing
Permethrin based sprays are ideal for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, etc. Spray on socks, clothes, gloves, and all other exposed parts of your hiking gear. Works like a charm- never bring a tick back home after trekking or hiking in the woods or on grassy trails.
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9. Insect Shield Apparel
Fabrics with insect shield technology are amazing and especially recommended for active people who often go on treks and hikes in tick infested areas. The fabrics are treated with Permethrin and can be machine washed nearly 70 times before their bug repellent effect fades. Insect shield apparel is one of the EPA approved tick prevention methods which also work effectively against mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas and flies.
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10. Herbal/Non-Chemical Tick Control
If you are wary of using chemicals for flea and tick control, opt for the all-natural herbal tick sprays. Note that direct contact may be required for the product to actually work. On the plus side, these all natural sprays have multiple uses in that; they can kill mosquitoes, flies, fleas, chiggers, and spiders besides ticks. The best part is they are eco friendly; contain no pyrethrins and hence can be used safely around pets and kids. Directly spray on the pets, carpets, yards, kennels and pretty much everywhere around the house for a fresh smell and total tick control. Most natural tick remedies contain peppermint oil, clove oil and harmless surfactants.
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