How to Get Rid of Ticks in the House

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Tick infestation inside the house is not common and is usually caused by a tick dropping off a pet and then laying eggs. Once infested, ticks are hard to get rid of, and they carry several diseases, some of them quite serious to humans. Fortunately, ticks are not as persistent as fleas, and you can often get rid of them with one treatment.

A boy feeds his dog a biscuit.
A boy feeds his dog a biscuit. (Image: John Howard/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Dealing with a tick infestation

Step 1

Spray the entire house thoroughly with insecticide. Much like fleas, ticks can lay an unbelievable number of eggs and the infestation will spread rapidly if not controlled, but a single thorough spray treatment will kill both eggs and ticks. Spray all fabric surfaces like carpets and furniture (including the sides and backs).

The interior of a living room.
The interior of a living room. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Spray walls and baseboards. Ticks climb and will hide in baseboards, waiting for opportunity.

A close-up of baseboards.
A close-up of baseboards. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Step 3

Treat storage areas like cupboards, closets, trunks and boxes. Ticks can hide anywhere. Wash bedding in hot water.

A close-up of closet shelves.
A close-up of closet shelves. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Prevent Re-infestation

Step 1

Mow your lawn and trim your bushes. Ticks prefer long grass, so keeping your yard groomed helps keep the tick population down. Animals and people pick them up by brushing against them; ticks do not jump.

A man trimming bushes with shears.
A man trimming bushes with shears. (Image: Sam Royds/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 2

Spray your yard and bushes with an insecticide made to kill ticks. Ticks are arachnids, eight-legged insects, more closely related to spiders than to fleas. Check the label carefully to be sure you're spraying the correct type of insecticide.

A close-up of ticks living in long grass.
A close-up of ticks living in long grass. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 3

Treat your pets with preventative care like Preventic. One Preventic collar should kill ticks for about three months without harming the animal. You don't need a prescription to buy it, but it's hard to find in retail stores. Shop online or ask your vet.

A Golden Retriever sits on the front porch.
A Golden Retriever sits on the front porch. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Special tweezers are the best way to remove attached ticks. Most other home remedies, like burning, are inadvisable and don't work as well.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks and wear gloves when trying to get rid of ticks to help keep them off your skin.

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