Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Palm City, FL
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Consider yourself lucky. We are near the the coast in east central Florida and we have had the worst tick problem I have ever seen. Our pest control people tell us many people are having bad tick problems this year.
At the height of our problem, we had ticks in the house and they had reproduced. Mojo was totally infested with ticks, covered with dozens of baby ticks, and please understand he is constantly combed and brushed so it's not like we were negligent. Things got out of control in a matter of a few days.
It is under control now, but we had the house sprayed three times, the yard sprayed six times, and I don't take him anywhere he could be exposed. He wears a tick collar and we use Vectra 3D topical now. At this point, anything that gets on him will die long before it can reproduce, and probably before it can bite.
Keep in mind that Frontline Plus no longer works for ticks. Just ask any vet or any pest control professional and they will tell you the ticks are mostly resistant to Frontline Plus. Regular Frontline does not even pretend to help with ticks; it is for fleas only.
Even now, I got stupid this past weekend and let Mojo play on the grass briefly at my sister-in-law's house one morning...I checked him later and he had picked up 6 ticks. 4 were already dead, and the other two didn't look too healthy, thanks to my having to turn my dog into a walking pesticide.
Be vigilant, particularly in south Florida this spring.
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