Tick advice please

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Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 09:31:30

I found a tick on my dog last week and brought him to the vet, who removed it. The dog is confined to 2 rooms in the house always. I washed the sofa covers, all his bedding, cushions and bleached the whole place. I also washed the dog in tropiclean and used tropiclean on sofa, dog bedding, around base boards etc as well as treating dog with bravecto , as recommended by vet.
This was last week and I saw a tick last night near the dogs bedding.
I obviously killed it but what else can I do to decontaminate the house.
Feeling a bit freaked out cos I have 3 kids.
I've checked them and can't see any ticks on them . The dog is 6 years old and this my first time having to deal with this.
Anyone had this experience and can advise me?

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BiteyShark Sun 28-Jul-19 11:04:24

We have lots of ticks around here and I don't do anything other than treat him monthly with nexgard spectra (similar to bravecto) which kills the ticks in around 24 hours after they have bitten him.

Ticks can be found on long grass etc so if you really want you could check his fur for ticks after he/she has been out. However, you or your DC could also bring them in if they have been playing out in grass/forest areas although my dog gets far more of them then I do.

Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 11:16:59

Thanks Bitey, he's treated now ( a week ago) but found a live one yesterday near his bedding.
Could they have nested there ? I'm spraying like mad in an attempt to get rid.
Hate the idea of them in the house.
Dog seems fine, not sure how long he had the ticks for. Was groomed 5 weeks ago , so not before then ..... I must have missed it on him sad

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BiteyShark Sun 28-Jul-19 11:22:43

I sometimes find crawling ones on BiteyDog before they have attached to him. I suspect your dog or even you simply bought in the second one and you happened to spot it before it attached.

It's definitely tick season at the moment as there are a lot of them about.

The worst was finding one attached to my stomach after clearing some high foliage from behind the garage angry

Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 11:27:39

I'd never cope Bitey!!! .... can't stand the things. Will keep a watchful eye ..... keeping the kids away from the dog bed ( not the dog) until this is sorted !
Thanks again

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Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 11:39:47

Bitey, I've read they can infest the house... is this true ? ( not sure I want to read the answer confused)

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BiteyShark Sun 28-Jul-19 11:48:01

I live in a major tick area area and the only thing to watch out for is lymes disease hence why we choose to treat our dog continuously.

I have never heard of anyone with an infestation of ticks in their house. Happy to be told otherwise but my understanding that the ticks we get in the uk don't typically infest homes like fleas do.


Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 11:59:04

Thanks Bitey. Yes, regular treatment from now on. I had bought the brave retreat him but for forgot to give it to him. I always treat him but just forgot this time. Lesson learned..... thanks again .

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FurnitureAndBackgammon Sun 28-Jul-19 12:07:27

I've never done anything to the house after finding a tick on the dog, just removed it with a tick remover 🤷‍♀️

Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 12:23:32

Thanks furniture, feeling a bit more relieved now. Google can be a killer to read about things. Vet didn't make much of it either, just thought I was a bit mad though...lol.
Not sure how long tick was there, that's my only my worry but dog is in mighty form.... maybe I should just forget about it and move on wink.... thanks again.

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Isthisafreename Sun 28-Jul-19 12:32:30

I've never done anything other than remove the tick. One of my dogs is prone to them, the other has never had one. I do treat them at this time of year though.

This contraption is brilliant for removing them. The danger with tweezers is you may break the tick and leave part inside which can lead to a nasty infection.

catofdoom Sun 28-Jul-19 12:50:21

They can't infest the house.

The UK and Europe is starting to see more of ticks.

In five to ten years you'll be in a situation similar to us. Especially seeing as you don't have the cold winters to help kill them off.

By the age of 3 our kids know to NEVER go in long grass. Seeing people in the UK post pictures of their kids playing in leaf piles honestly makes me go cold, we don't even let ds walk through leaf litter.

We spray the dog and ds before they go outside. Every time. We wear trousers tucked in to socks if we have to go anywhere where there may be long grass. People are choosing not to come to their summer house here because of it.

Our cats have become indoor cats, I was pulling 15+ a day off them.

I've finally given in and treated our clothes with permethrin.

We keep our lawns short and everything super strimmed. Some friends have even got rid of their lawns and just have stone.

It's horrific, I've been telling people in the UK for years that they have no idea how their lives are soon to change. Doctors here are so far behind in understanding and treating tick bourne diseases I dread to think how UK doctors are at spotting them.

DH has had lymes 7 times in the last two years, ds twice. Pretty much everyone I know here has. Ddog has had anaplasmosis and was really sick. My friend's husband got it and nearly died, spent weeks in the hospital. Another friend's husband got Powassan and nearly died.

I know of 4 people that have developed an allergy to red meat through being bitten by the lone star tick.

But they won't infest your house.

catofdoom Sun 28-Jul-19 12:52:02

And the amount of people in the Uk I see on my Facebook posting horrific advice for what to do with ticks!!

'Use dish washing liquid and the tick will let go'

Nooooooooo. That makes the tick regurgitate it's stomach contents (and any virus it's carrying) in to the host. I'm gobsmacked that doctors are still advising this too.

catofdoom Sun 28-Jul-19 12:53:24

I found one on my labia once. That was rather upsetting.

DH has had no less than 7 on his penis. The doctor now chuckles that his nickname is tick dick. grin

catofdoom Sun 28-Jul-19 12:54:49

We went for a short walk with ddog yesterday. Kept to the mown paths with her on a lead. Found 6 of the fuckers on her when we got back. Some times around here are so bad almost every other blade of grass on the side of the road will have a tick on it. envy

ChardonnaysPrettySister Sun 28-Jul-19 12:58:41

There will be even more after the hot weather and the rain. Be vigilant.

I keep a removal tool in the dogs' medicine drawer and have used it on the DCs as well. Dogs have the vaccination.

Hate the fuckers.

Hairyheadphones Sun 28-Jul-19 12:59:30

catofdoom shock where do you live (so I know never to visit!)

BiteyShark Sun 28-Jul-19 13:03:48

The main issue in the uk is lymes disease.

Fortunately doctors are now much more aware of that than they used to be and the main reason why I treat the dog rather than rely on spotting them after a walk.

catofdoom Sun 28-Jul-19 13:23:21

@Hairyheadphones Maine. We are the worst state now for Lymes. There are very few people that haven't had it yet!

Designerenvy Sun 28-Jul-19 13:36:50

Omg cat, I'd die , I would but that make me laugh..... your poor hubby !
I should that post to my DH, I don't think he'll ever be the same again !!
Thanks everyone, feel calmer. Will keep on top of my dogs treatment in future, will invest in a tick remover and will keep a check on the kids.
It's very humid where I live at the moment ( ireland) so probably ideal weather for ticks !
Yes, Bitey, Lyme is what has me concerned , but I'll be vigilant.
Thanks again for all the helpful replies !

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