How do I Get Rid of Deer Ticks in the Home?

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Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the most common carriers of Lyme disease. Deer ticks are found in grassy fields and the areas where the fields join wooded areas, according to entomologists with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. Deer ticks end up in the home when they hitch a ride on your pet or on your clothing. They are very small, about the size of a sesame seed, so are easily overlooked until someone in the family is bitten. Getting rid of deer ticks in the home can be challenging because of their small size and ability to hide in tiny crevices.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Insecticide
  • Remove all pet bedding and any other linens where you think ticks may be hiding. Shake them outside and wash them in hot water in the washer.

  • Vacuum the home thoroughly. Use the attachments to get into cracks and crevices and ceiling corners. Remove cushions from the sofa and vacuum into the recesses. Remove, seal and dispose of the bag when you are finished.

  • Spray the vacuumed areas, including baseboards, with insecticide, such as Permethrin Pro or Petcor. Spray according to the manufacturer's instructions and follow all cautions.

  • Reapply the insecticide, according to label instructions, if needed. Ticks can go for long periods without feeding and may not emerge from hiding until the pesticide wears off.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pesticides can contain harmful chemicals. Read and follow all label directions, wear protective clothing during application and keep the product out of the reach of pets and children.

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