The first step in effective cat tick control is to understand where ticks are most likely to be found.
Ticks live in moist, humid areas. This means that for most of the US, the time when ticks are active is in the months of May through September. However, if you live in an area such as Louisiana or Florida, ticks can be a problem just about any time of the year.
Because ticks love moisture, they are most likely to be found in or near wooded or grassy areas. Your cat might come in contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your house or when walking through leaf litter or by shrubs.
Cat Tick Control Outdoors
The best way to protect your cat from ticks is to keep it indoors. However, this just may not be possible if your cat is used being outside. In this case, your best bet is to try to take your cat for a walk on a leash. Some cats will permit this but many others won’t.
If your cat won’t walk on a leash, the next best thing is to free your yard from ticks. There are many good insecticides available that will kill ticks. One example of these is acaricide. Just a single springtime application of this product can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by as much as 68% to 100%.
There are any number of other insecticides you can use to kill ticks in your yard. Some of the more popular of these are Catylst EC, Carbaryl (aka sevin dust) and Specracide.
There are also several natural ways to kill yard ticks. One of these is a product named Cedarcide that was created for the U.S. Army and may be the most effective parasite control ever developed. Cedarcide is all natural as it is composed of food grade aromatic red cedar oil and quartz rock.
A second way to handle cat tick control in the yard is diatomaceous earth, commonly called Fossil Shell Flour. It is a good organic way to control ticks and other insects and is said to be safe for the environment, pets and people.
Cat Tick Control And Your Yard
You can actually create tick-safe zones in your yard. To do this you will need to make sure there are no piles of leaves or other dead vegetation lying around, as ticks love warm, moist places. You should also keep grass and weeds cut short to increase tick desiccation during hot weather. Remove abandoned birds’ nests in and around your property and this will reduce the number of ticks, especially soft ticks. Be sure to also remove all clutter and debris on your property as this discourages the rodents that can be tick carriers. Also, remove any nesting material left by rodents.
Cat Ticks And You
You should also take steps to avoid tick bites. For example, when you are camping, hunting or fishing be sure to wear shirts with long sleeves, as well as long pants and socks. It is important that you use a repellent with DEET or permethrin. When you choose a repellent, make sure that it contains 20% or more DEET.
Make certain you do a tick check after being outdoors, even if it’s just in your own yard. When you return from potentially tick-infested areas, conduct a body check by searching your entire body for ticks. You can use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body and remove any ticks you find.
Preventing Ticks In Your Home
Since ticks on cats can lead to ticks in your house, it is important that you take steps to prevent this. One good way to do this is by using a topical flea and tick medicine treatment such as Frontline Plus BioSpot or K9 Advantix on your cat. You should apply one of these topical treatments to your cat first thing in the springtime and then every 30 days thereafter. The second way to protect your cat from ticks is with a cat flea and tick collar. These are available in all pet stores and even some drugstores and supermarkets.
Cat tick control is not an easy task. However, if you follow the advice given in this article, you can prevent your cat and yourself from becoming the victim of a tick bite.