9 Tick Control Tips For Cats

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We discovered a great article by Pet Education which provides us with in-depth info on how to keep our cats (and other pets) tick-free. The link follows after our introduction to the topic…

Ticks are small arachnids (eight-legged insects) that are widely regarded as one of the most annoying, nasty pests on the planet! They can carry any of a number of diseases that may affect both pets and humans. Ticks are vectors of diseases such as Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever and Rocky mountain spotted fever and African tick bite. Lyme disease, in particular, is extremely dangerous if it’s not treated properly.

Here are some additional preventative measures that will keep your home safe from these pesky bugs (especially during the peak season):

1. Keep your home as clean as possible. These bugs tend to live in warm, dry conditions and they can hide almost anywhere. Vacuum your carpets or any areas that need to be thoroughly cleaned. Continue to upkeep your garden. Ensure that dead leaves are brushed and fix your fences; because stray deers or other animals can carry ticks.

If there are cases of infestation near your area, you may wish to consider pest control – however be aware that there are also natural methods which may be beneficial and avoid toxic chemicals. In particular, a molecular component of grapefruit essential oil (nootkatone) was found effective against fleas. Nootkatone is also found significantly in essential oils of vetiver (thus supporting its traditional use in this regard!) and alaskan yellow cedar (cedar chips too have been used as an anti-flea remedy in pet bedding!) Nootkatone has also been found effective against ants, termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and ticks, including Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick) – a tick that can transmit the dreaded Lyme disease. [1]

2. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible – especially in areas with vegetation. Ticks are also more prevalent in springtime. In areas where they may be ticks, don’t let pets wander around unattended, especially if you have cats that love to go outside. Before letting them outside, make sure that you’ve already placed your tick collars or apply products that will help repel these pests. Perform a tick check on your pet and yourself before going back inside the house.

3. If you want to make sure that your used bedding/clothing are free of ticks, place them immediately in the washing machine and apply the highest temperature setting (depending on the type of fabric) and wash them.

A list of various tick products are also mentioned in the article. These products are very essential, especially if you’ve discovered that your cats have already been infested with them. But be careful with chemicals designed to kill ticks. Some topical (drops/dust) flea/tick medicines may be toxic to animals and humans may be toxic to animals and humans. Phenothrin in combination with methoprene was a popular flea/tick treatment for felines. Phenothrin kills adult fleas and ticks. Methoprene is an insect growth regulator that interrupts the insect’s lifecycle by killing the eggs. However, the US EPA required at least one manufacturer of these products to withdraw some products and include strong cautionary statements on others, warning of adverse reactions. [2]

Ok here is the link: to the full article of 9 Tick Control Tips For Cats: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2127&aid=600


[1] http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/natural-ways-to-keep-fleas-out-of-your-home
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick

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