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Your Blue Tick hound often runs your property looking for new quarry. He tracks vermin through long grasses, brush and rough terrain. He likes to run and was bred to hunt raccoon and other small animals. When he returns, he is often loaded with ticks. Ticks lie in wait in long grass and bushes waiting for a hot blooded mammal to come by. Once they see their prey come by, they latch on and climb up the hound often making their way toward the head, neck or ears.
Once they find a suitable spot, the tick begins to burrow into the skin and setup shop to feed. After several days they are bloated with blood and drop off if you are lucky. If you are not so lucky the tick will drop off the animal and potentially find its way to you or one of you family members. If undetected, it will follow the same process to feed. Unfortunately, ticks carry many diseases that can be devastating to the host. Lyme disease, Rocky mountain spotted fever and other illnesses.
Prevention is the best way to combat ticks and fleas from hitching a ride onto your blue tick hound and entering your home. Common measures can include such things as flea and tick collars, external drops or other treatments. Some people will even mix garlic in the dog’s food to help repel ticks.
Another option is to kill the ticks where they live. Tick tubes are a very clever way to kill ticks near your home before they are able to attach to your dog and bring them home. Ticks not only feed on larger animals but they also feed on mouse blood. Mice are favorite hosts as they scurry through brush become a plentiful food source for the tick population.
Using this relationship to your advantage is how the tick tube process works:
1. Take cotton balls and treat with a tick product that contains permethrin. This synthetic poison is very toxic to ticks but not humans or mice.
2. Take old paper towel rolls and remove the cardboard from the middle.
3. Stuff the treated cotton balls into the cardboard tubes
4. Place the “Tick Tubes” near long grass and brush where ticks reside
The ticks will hop aboard mice as they scurry around the brush looking for food and items to build their nests. The mice will find the treated cotton balls and carry both back to their dens. As the ticks are busy feeding on the mice, they will be taken back into the dens where the poisonous cotton balls will release and do their deadly work, killing the tick inside the dens. The mice will be unaffected by the treated cotton and will be relieved of their unwanted guests as well.
This is an effective process that will help alleviate the ticks in the general vicinity of your home and therefore prevent the tick population from feasting on you blue tick hound and the rest of your family.