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Scorpion King Exterminating is sending this to you because you may have already inquired about Tick service or need to know how Ticks should be treated for optimal results. We not only treat, we like to educate our customers. So here are some great truths and pro tips moving forward.

Ticks may attack your yard or pets and transfer into your home. They are ready to crawl their way to a blood meal from the succulent flesh or flesh of your dog. If not caught soon they will lay their eggs and can quickly get out of control to avoid potential exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Pro tip: It’s not the heat that kills them! It’s the dryness!! Ticks require moisture to survive and will rapidly desiccate and die in dry conditions—and a quick spin in the dryer is all that’s needed to crisp ’em to death. (Ticks can actually survive a hot-water run through the washing machine.) This is why you don’t want to shampoo your rugs or wash any items as they can survive moisture. We do not recommend shampooing rugs. Treating rugs for ticks does not require a spray of product on your rug as you would with Fleas; this is because Ticks do not have the same type of larvae, as fleas. Interior we would only treat the baseboard areas as Ticks like to reside in cracks and crevices for safety. On our exterior service, we treat the entire property as if it may be hiding under rocks, near edges or turf, under shrubs, and any voids. As we stated above they hide in areas for safety unlike fleas, which can be all over.

And there’s one surefire way to kill any ticks that might have hitched a ride on your clothing. Throw any potential tick-bearing clothes or sheets, blankets, or dog beds in the dryer and run it on high heat for 10 -20 minutes on the highest setting.

So anytime you’re out in tick country—hiking, gardening, or being otherwise active in known tick areas—consider stripping down as soon as you get back inside, firing up a tick dryer death cycle, thoroughly checking yourself in the process, and always checking your pets.

Of course, there are many other ways to defend against ticks, including treating your pets by a visit to your Vet, so he can prescribe an oral Tick medication. These orals given by your Vet usually fare far better than a collar and down-the-back targeting methods with over-the-counter products.

Make sure the property around your home is unattractive to ticks. Because ticks are sensitive to dry conditions and do not thrive in short vegetation, they are seldom a problem in well-maintained lawns. Keep your grass mowed and keep weeds cut. Clean up items that attract rodents that can carry ticks, such as spilled birdseed, and hide in places like old wood piles. If ticks are present in vegetation along the edge of the property, insecticides labeled for control of ticks can be applied to small areas of high weeds that cannot be mowed. Often, one or two applications per season will be adequate to control ticks in these areas. Once we apply our initial service on the exterior, we will have already scheduled you for a 2-week follow-up service. After your follow-up service, our products should take hold and kill off any hatchings that may have occurred after your initial service. We always have had great success when your pets are being treated with reputable oral Tick prevention from your Vet and with our products we should have a good success rate. Note some areas beyond your property may have the actual tick problem. We highly recommend keeping your pet treated by your vet in the event you have surrounding areas that may be infested and of course, following the above guidelines for yard tidiness is best. Just remember, moisture is not good for Ticks, keep an eye on how much you are watering and at what times of day or evening. We do not recommend watering before 7 AM and after 5 PM for control of Ticks. If you are interested in a seasonal or need to tackle an ongoing problem call Scorpion King Exterminating at 480-750-3082