2 years ago
Last edited at 10:07AM on 6/8/2011
The problem isn't the ticks breeding indoors. It's your dog that keeps reintroducing them to your home. Being an exterminator myself I have ran into this problem a lot. Here's what to do. Vacuum your entire house once a day for 5 days (if you have a bag vacuum, dispose of the bag after each session, and not in the trash inside the house. If it's bag-less, empty the canister into an outdoor trash container. Next, apply Advantix on your dog instead of Frontline, over the past two years studies have shown that ticks and fleas are becoming resistant to fipronil. You can additionally buy lemons, remove the fruit from the rind and rub the exterior part of the rind all over the dog's coat, the citric acid will burn the ticks as well as deter them. If you call your exterminator, ask them to use these two products inside your home. Demize EC and Ultracide. They are professional use products only. All humans and pets will have to be out of the house until the products have dried and disbursed. Demize EC is made out of linalool (extract from lavender flower oil) but can cause irreparable eye damage if contacted or rubbed in the eyes while it's still wet. Ultracide is a product that will disrupt the ability for the ticks to breed, it's an aerosol that's applied to floor areas. It works like frontline and Advantix, but is for the interior surfaces of your home. Once they treat, repeat the vacuum process as this will suck up any eggs and ticks that you can access on the floor.
You should have promising results with this method.
2 years ago
Last edited at 10:35AM on 6/8/2011
Put your dog out of the house in a restricted area and treat it regularly with insecticide spray or insecticide dust. Spray both outside and inside the house, especially at the corners, on weekly basis. You should remove the carpet before spraying so that they will not hide there.