How to get rid of ticks in the house

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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.

Treat your pets with preventive 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.