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National Tick Bite Prevention Week

Posted by Wormers-direct on 25th Mar 2020

National Tick Bite Prevention Week

Tick bites are a common issue for many household pet owners; not only in terms of their pet’s health but also as the ticks can actually carry diseases that affect humans too.

In order to help you combat ticks on your pets, Wormers-Direct provide a wide range of tick repelling products ranging from sprays to injectable fluids.

Sprays such as the Barrier Tick Control Spray are a more proactive method to deal with tick bites on larger animals such as horses, ponies or large dogs, as the spray acts as a repellent. We recommend products like this as the best way to protect your animals from tick-borne diseases is to prevent the tick bite from happening completely.

To find their host, many tick species do something called “questing” which is where they will hold on to grass, leaves, or any household item whilst they hold their first pair of legs outstretched, waiting for the host to brush past their legs.

In order to find the best place to begin questing, ticks detect suitable hosts by sending vibrations, sensing body heat, or an animal’s breath and body odor and will then position themselves accordingly.

Once they have climbed on board, the tick will find a suitable place on the body to feed which can take up to 2 hours. Once the tick has found the optimal place to feed from, it will begin the feeding phase which can go on for days.

The main areas to check your pets for a tick infestation are as follows:

  • Under the collar.
  • Around the eyelids.
  • On or around the tail.
  • Between back legs and under the front legs.
  • Between the toes.
  • Around or in the ears.

It is advised that you carefully inspect these areas on your pet after you have been in a potentially tick infested area such as fields with long grass or woodlands.

If you do find tick bites or infestations on your pet, using products such as Frontline Spot On is the best way to prevent major issues from presenting themselves.

Not only will Frontline Spot On treat your pet for a variety of tick borne diseases, it also contains active insect growth regulator (IGR) technology to ensure that flea eggs don’t hatch in your home and potentially spread diseases to yourself or your family.

It is important to check and treat your pets for tick bites and infestations regularly, as the ticks also pose a threat to you as well as your pets. Tick bites have been known to cause lyme disease amongst many other illnesses that can have serious repercussions on humans.

As previously mentioned, prevention is the best cure to tick-borne diseases, so be sure to browse our range of products aimed at protecting you and your pets from the potential illnesses they may cause.