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Tick Season Is Almost Here - Make Sure You Keep Your Pets Safe
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Tick Season Is Almost Here - Make Sure You Keep Your Pets Safe

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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In Nebraska, peak tick season begins in mid-April and runs through September. To keep your pets safe during this time, you'll want to regularly inspect them for ticks after spending time outdoors, paying close attention to areas such as the ears, between their toes, and around their legs. If you find one, you should remove it immediately using tweezers or a specific tick remover. For the best line of defense this tick season, consider signing up for a tick control program to minimize the risk of ticks taking up residence on your property and latching on to your furry friends.

Regularly scan your pets for ticks during tick season.

Regularly scanning your cats and dogs for ticks is a simple and effective way to keep them safe and healthy during peak tick season. After all, ticks can carry various diseases that can be dangerous for both pets and humans—most notably Lyme disease. To effectively scan your pets for ticks, start by running your fingers slowly through their fur, feeling for any bumps or swollen areas. While you should check their torso, it's important not to overlook other areas such as between their toes, around their legs, inside their ears, and all over their face and neck. These areas are often where ticks tend to attach themselves. If you feel a bump on your pet, part their fur to see if it's a tick. Ticks can be very small, so it's important to thoroughly check your pets. Additionally, using a fine-toothed comb can help remove any loose hair and make it easier to spot ticks.

What should you do if you spot a tick on your pet?

Tick found on a dog in Hickman, NE.

If you spot a tick on your pet, it's important to act promptly to remove it and prevent any potential health problems. Here are the steps you should take:

  • Get the right tools: You will need a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick remover, such as “tick hooks” and “tick pliers.” These specialized instruments are typically made of plastic or metal and are designed to effectively remove the entire tick.
  • Remove the tick: Using the tweezers or a tick remover, grasp the tick as close to your pet's skin as possible and pull it straight out with steady, even pressure. Avoid twisting or jerking the tick, as this can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in your pet's skin, which can lead to infection.
  • Clean the area: After removing the tick, clean the area with soap and water.
  • Monitor your pet: Keep an eye on your pet for any signs of tick-borne illnesses. If you notice any symptoms, consult your veterinarian immediately.

You can help keep your pets safe from ticks by using preventative products like tick collars, liquid treatments, or oral medications.

Enroll in a tick control program to keep your pets safe during peak tick season.

Happy dog in a safely treated lawn in Hickman, NE.

Enrolling in a professional tick control program is the best way to safeguard your property against these pests and keep your pets safe during peak tick season. Pros will apply highly effective treatments to your property multiple times during this time to provide consistent, overlapping protection against ticks. That way, you can rest easy knowing that these pests will stay off your property, and your furry friends will be safe from them.

Give us a call today to sign up for our tick control service.

Since 2008, our pros at Yard Boss have provided a reliable flea and tick control service to homeowners and business owners in Lincoln, Hickman, Seward, Crete, and other surrounding areas in Nebraska. We use top-of-the-line products that have been proven to provide effective protection from these pests. Call us today at (402) 418-2233 to enroll in our tick control program before the upcoming tick season arrives so you can make sure your pets are safe!

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