The past month, I'd been fighting a tick infestation in my home... NOT FUN. The thing I hate most about living in the tropics is that we have every single kind of bug imaginable. I hate using chemicals on my dogs, but here we have no choice. I miss the days in Vancouver when I never had to use anything at all on Cadence. We'd go walking in the trails and parks and I'd never find anything on him, ever. Hell, I didn't even know what a tick looked like!
The past month though, I found many ticks on the dogs and saw some crawling on the floor.. GOD, it was disgusting!! I picked everything off their bodies (mostly on their feet, in between their toes), sprayed them with Frontline, and sprayed my entire house and yard with a combo of Frontline, Accurate, and Bayticol. The annoying thing is that I am very, very vigilant with ticks/fleas. Never had a flea problem, but I'd find a couple of ticks on them once in a while. I ALWAYS apply their flea/tick meds every month without fail. This time, Advantix totally failed me! I found 20 ticks on Lyra one day. It was disgusting. When I was done pulling all the ticks out, she was bleeding all over her feet =(
I think I went psycho after that... I am really creeped out by creepy crawlies, and ticks top that list. I HATE them with a passion. I like nothing better than to squish them between a piece of tissue, and watch their insides splat out. Disgusting parasites they are! So I spoke to several good friends who’ve faced this problem before, and went out to buy EVERYTHING they recommended. 2 giant bottles of Frontline, 2 bottles of Bayticol, and because they don’t sell the Accurate spray here, I got the spot on instead and diluted it in a spray bottle with water. Sprayed the yard for a week with Bayticol, mopped the floors with it as well, and sprayed all the walls/closets/dog beds etc. with Accurate cos it doesn’t stink like Bayticol does. Laundered ALL my clothes cos I saw some ticks in my closet… and when they came out of the wash, sprayed everything with Accurate as well.
Oh, and I also found out that Eucalyptus oil is a good tick repellent so I went to the drugstore and got LOTS of it, poured everything into all the spray bottles with the chemicals and sprayed everywhere. It has a really strong smell, but at least it still smells better than Bayticol.. Here's my tick fighting arsenal:
This is the only brand of Eucalyptus oil that's sold here in Malaysia (it's made in Thailand). It's cheap, only about RM10 ($3 USD) a bottle, so I pour maybe 3-4 ml to every spray bottle... the stronger, the better!
Accurate spot on. It's a Singaporean brand--made with a new chemical that's pretty strong, so it does the job well. Since the dogs are getting Frontline sprayed on their fur (works well) already, I diluted 1 bottle of this in maybe 400ml of water. If you can find the spray, get that instead. This is what the spray looks like:
If you don't know what Frontline spray looks like, here's a picture:
The spray stinks a little, but is overall much better than Bayticol. It's also REALLY expensive, so I couldn't go around spraying my entire house with it.. I used it to spray the dogs, their beds, and my bed. Works well! I found dead ticks on their beds the next day.
Now this stuff... is usually used to kill ticks on livestock (cattle, swine, etc.). It smells VERY BAD. Pungent and makes my nose feel like it's going numb. It is really cheap, however, and you only need to use a little bit each time. The vet told me to dilute 3-5ml in 1 litre of water. I used the higher end of the scale to water and spray my yard, and the lower end on the floors/walls/closets, etc.
In addition to all these chemicals, I also took to checking the dogs over for ticks twice a day for the first week, and once a day thereafter.I was still finding a couple of ticks on them each day until last week. Man, these ticks are HARDY!! It takes a LOT to kill them, and insect growth regulators (IGRs) used to kill eggs/nymphs/larvae don't work on them cos they are arachnids (spider family) and not insects. So the key was to keep up the spraying until all of them died. I sprayed everywhere almost everyday for a week, then every couple of days for the following week, and right now am doing it once a week for the house/walls and every 3-4 days for the dog beds, etc.
Finally happy to report that it's been a week since I found any ticks on the dogs. YAY! Also found dead ticks on the floors etc. so it looks like my regime is working. Hope this helps you out with your tick problem if you happen to have one... GOOD LUCK, it's NO FUN. I have a renewed dislike for ticks. Why can't they just die as easily as fleas do?
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