How to Get Rid of a Tick Infestation

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A tick infestation might be more of a serious problem than you realize. Many people are aware that a tick bite can cause Lyme disease, but there are also many other serious diseases that can result from a tick bite, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and tick-borne relapsing fever. To help protect yourself, your family and your pets, it's very important to get rid of a tick infestation as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Tick medication or collar
  • Fence
  • Chemical control agent
  • Treat your pets to reduce the number of ticks in your home and yard. Pets can be treated with medication, similar to medication used to control fleas, or a tick collar. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best method for your pet.

  • Clear away vegetation in your yard that promotes tick population growth. This includes bushes, shrubs, tall grass and leaf litter.

  • Put up a fence to keep deer out of your yard. Deer will bring ticks with them and likely add to the tick infestation.

  • Find an effective chemical control agent for ticks, such as acaricide. Apply this control agent to your yard in the spring to get rid of the tick infestation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a tick repellent that contains DEET or permethrin when outside until you can get the tick infestation under control.

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