Ticks in summer - be prepared!

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When is Tick Season in the UK?

How to Prepare for Tick Season

Tick Advice for Your Pets

How to Prevent Ticks

Ah, the joys of Summer – long dog walks in the evening, weekend naps in the sun with your cat, and unfortunately, the return of pesky ticks. Despite being tiny, ticks can pose a real threat to both us and our pets.

When is Tick Season in the UK?

Tick season in the UK typically peaks during the warmer months of Summer, from June to early September. However, ticks can remain active year-round, so it is crucial to have regular and routine protection. Places like woodlands, grassy fields, and farmland are exactly where ticks hang out and unfortunately for us, exactly where our pets want to be. If you and your pet are the outdoor kind, it's essential to be vigilant and take preventive measures against tick bites in Summer.

How to Prepare for Tick Season

Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with ticks. Before heading out into tick-infested areas, ensure you're equipped with the necessary gear. Wear long sleeves, trousers tucked into socks, and closed-toe shoes to minimise skin exposure. Applying insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin and permethrin to clothing can provide additional protection against ticks.

You can also regularly tick check on yourself, your family members, and pets after spending time outdoors. Ticks often lurk in hard-to-reach areas like the scalp, behind the ears, and along the hairline, so be thorough in your examination.

Tick Advice for Your Pets

Our furry companions are just as susceptible to tick bites as we are, if not more so. Dogs, in particular, love to frolic in tall grass and explore wooded areas, making them prime targets for ticks.To keep your pet happy and healthy, we’d recommend using a tick preventative treatment, such as the Itch Flea treatment to keep fleas, lice and ticks at bay.

Regular grooming is also essential for detecting and removing ticks from your pet's fur. Pay close attention to areas where ticks are most likely to hide, such as around the ears, between the toes, and under the tail. If you find a tick embedded in your pet's skin, use a tick hook to grab it and pull straight out. It’s important that you avoid squeezing or twisting the tick, as this can increase the risk of disease transmission. For embedded ticks and tick head remnants, proceed carefully and chat to a vet if you're worried - Find out how to remove a tick here.

How to Prevent Ticks

Being one step ahead of ticks is super important, by taking the right preventative measures you can avoid having to deal with pesky ticks and not worry about more serious implications, like Lyme disease.

  • Use Preventative Tick Treatments

    Use spot-on treatments like Itch Flea Treatment for dogs and Itch Flea Treatment for cats, which kills adult ticks attached to your pet (as well fleas and lice) within 48 hours.

  • Regular Grooming

    Regularly groom your pets with a fine-toothed comb to help detect and remove ticks before they attach.

  • Inspect After Outdoor Activities

    After outdoor adventures, thoroughly inspect your pets for ticks. Pay attention to areas where ticks are likely to attach, such as ears, neck, and underarms.

  • Tick-Repellent Sprays

    When heading to tick-prone areas, consider using tick-repellent sprays designed for pets to provide an added layer of protection.

  • Tick-Proof Your Garden

    Keep your garden well-maintained by trimming grass and shrubs. Consider using pet-safe tick repellents to reduce tick populations.

  • Year-Round Vigilance

    Ticks can be active in various seasons, so maintaining consistent tick preventatives year-round is crucial, especially in mild climates. You should protect your pet in all seasons but most important, peak tick season in the UK is from June to early September.

While ticks may be an unwelcome presence during the Summer months, they don't have to ruin fun adventures with your pet outdoor adventures. So, grab your bug spray, apply tick treatment and get ready to make the most of that (not so warm) British Summer.

Get rid of fleas, ticks AND lice... and stop them coming back!

Fleas, ticks and lice can be a nightmare, but with the right approach, you can take control and rid your pets and home of these bothersome pests. Remember that parasites can be persistent, so patience and regular treatment will be your best friends! By addressing both your pet and their environment, you can ensure a flea-free and comfortable living space for both your furry companion and your family.



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