Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Ticks may seem like a mere annoyance ̶ irritating pests who afflict pets, once in a while, but otherwise of little consequence. Not true, by any means!
Ticks are actually disease carriers that may go unnoticed. And that’s where the danger lies. They have been linked to such infections such as typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Q fever and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, an infection or inflammation of the brain which can be fatal if not properly identified and treated. Getting rid of ticks is extremely important in preventing a large number of diseases.
How to Get Rid of Ticks, Step by Step (Indoors)
Ticks generally make their way into your home by hitching a ride on a pet. They wait for host animals (or people) on grasses and shrubs, and when an unsuspecting victim brushes against them quickly, they let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. Ticks, by the way, cannot fly or jump. They can only crawl.
If you (or your pet/home/office) has been smitten by ticks, there are a number of steps you can take to eliminate these unwanted pests.
Here's how to get rid of ticks in five easy steps:
Treat animals with a spray or medicine designed specifically for getting rid of ticks on animals. Treat your pet with a product designed especially for animals. Keep in mind that pets, especially dogs, are the main source of tick infestations. Not only can dogs bring ticks in from outdoors, they can also pick them up easily from other animals. Ticks may not be able to hop, but they can certainly get around! Removing a tick from a pet is not only important for their health, but is also essential to protecting your health and that of your family. Removing ticks from an animal is fairly simple, but if you have any doubts it’s best to consult a vet beforehand. After you’ve gotten rid of the ticks treat you dog with a topical tick-killing product that contains ingredients such as fipronil, amitraz or permethrin. Again, ask your veterinarian for advice. The vet may well suggest that you purchase a tick-repelling collar for your pet. These prevent ticks from fastening onto your cat or dog, usually for three months or so.
Remove any clutter from your home, including stacks of paper and laundry piles. While ticks are generally found outdoors, latching onto the family pet gets them into the warm, dry conditions they prefer. And, because these pests can, and do, hide almost anywhere, the first thing you should do as part of your tick treatment is de-clutter your house. Remove unwanted newspaper and magazines, collect any items that are lying on the floor or in corners. And don't leave dirty laundry sitting hampers or on chairs or beds.
Clean thoroughly, including sofas, blinds and carpets. Once you’ve de-cluttered, you should clean in thoroughly, leaving no part untouched. That means you have to dust shelves, moldings and baseboards; vacuum the floors, in corners, under tables, then mop systematically. Remember to do the same to sofas, blinds and carpets. And one last tip: Make sure you empty the vacuum bag when you’re done and deposit it the outside trash. Do not leave it in the house.
Treat all inanimate objects with Sterifab. Once you’re sure that you’ve cleaned and decluttered your house completely, the next step in the process is use a pesticide like Sterifab. This is the only way to ensure that you have eliminated any remaining ticks and their eggs. Note: Sterifab cannot be used on wood or furniture with wax or shellac finishes. Cover these surfaces before applying Sterifab.
Wash all sheets and bedding in HOT water. If you think any of your clothes or bed linens might have ticks, best not to put them in them in the laundry hamper to begin with; doing so may