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The Tick - Part Four
Tips for Tick Prevention
Keeping ticks under control can be complicated, especially since a female tick's reproductive prowess is nothing short of impressive and scary. A female tick can lay thousands of eggs at a time in between the crevices in the walls of your home or deep in the shady habitat of your back yard. By living a tick conscious lifestyle, it is possible to keep these parasites under control:
  1. Be weary of tick havens like tall grass, bushes, unruly weeds and woods. When going camping, light colored clothing (so you can see ticks before they reach the skin) and permethrin-based tick repellents sprayed on the outside of clothing may be helpful. DEET based repellants can be used directly on the skin, but not the face.
  2. If you've been out in the tick's habitat, before coming indoors brush off your clothing. Once indoors, remove clothing, check for ticks and promptly wash the clothing. Buddies can help each other with tick inspection. Look especially behind the knees, in and behind the ears, along the hairline, between fingers and toes, under the arms and any place where clothes stick to the skin. For dogs, pay closest attention to their legs and their ear region. Don't be worried about the transmission of ticks from the dog to you or you to the dog. It's not an issue.
  3. Keep in mind that if your front and back yard are akin to these wild habitats, you should make a more conscious effort to keep your lawn trimmed to expose the ticks to the direct sun, which destroys many of them. Insecticides are also something to think about, though beware of anything that can potentially poison your pet.
  4. In general, ticks are transmitted on our pets from outdoors. Some prevention devices you can look into are tick collars, tick and flea spot-ons, sprays (both natural and synthetic), and monthly tablets.
  5. If you live in an area that has a high-risk level for contracting Lyme Disease, vaccination may be a good idea. A typical schedule for at-risk dogs is a shot at 9-12 weeks of age, repeated in 3 weeks and then annually for preventive care. Ask your vet how he or she feels about the vaccination of dogs. It's a rather controversial decision and not all veterinarians do it.
  6. In essence, the most effective tick prevention is you. If you're in a high tick area, you should groom your pet daily using a flea comb. Ticks small or larger, empty or engorged will get caught in the teeth. Pay closest attention to your pet's legs and the ears are ticks' favorite hangout spots.

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Part One: Introducing Ticks

Part Two: Tick-Related Ailments

Part Three: Removing Ticks

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