Tick season is upon us...
Although no one likes this pesky insect they are inevitable at this time of year. The first year we opened Niagara Pet Resort we found close to 300 ticks. Fast forward from then and our prevention methods ensured we only found about 30 last year!
- A tick can range in size from a poppy seed to a small grape (when engorged), they're normally found in forested areas or areas with long grass.
- Here at Niagara Pet Resort we employ the services of Guinea Hens, Roosters & Chickens. The birds spend their days lounging in our custom built tractor, eating all the insects in sight. The tractor is moved daily so we cover the whole property.
- We use Essential Oils for all of our cleaning at the resort. Lavender, Eucalyptus & Lemongrass help us to keep the place sparkling and keep the ticks at bay.
- Diatomaceous Earth is a staple here, you may of heard of this sediment as it's a natural pesticide and it carries may other benefits. We spread it over the dogs play areas at the end of the day to thwart off any pesky ticks and kill any bacteria.
- Citrus Spray! We make a big batch every year and put it into spray bottles (smells great and ticks can't stand it).
To make your own; boil a few cups of water with sliced citrus fruit (grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges etc.) then let your mix simmer for an hour. Strain your liquid, put it into a spray bottle & voila!
- Daily tick checks, we are checking all of the pups over on a daily basis here at the resort. It is a good idea to get into the routine of checking your own pup regularly at home especially after they have been outside.
- To remove a tick: use fine tip tweezers, grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible & slowly pull the tick away from the skin until it releases. After removing the tick, wash the area with soap and water.
Wrap the tick in clear tape or drop it in a cup of rubbing alcohol. If you think the tick is blacklegged or you cannot identify the tick, it can be submitted in clear, dry containers or double Ziploc bags to a Public Health office for testing.
We all love being outside with our pups in the warmer weather.
After you do a tick check on them be sure to check yourself as well so we can all have a happy, healthy tick free summer!
This spunky Wheaton has been loving life here at the resort. She's enthusiastic (at the very least) to get involved with the group activities whether it's chasing around the other pups or a good one-on-one wrestling match. Kyna doesn't typically rest too much when she's here but when new pups attend daycare Kyna always pauses playtime to ensure they get a warm Wheaton welcome. Between keeping everyone busy and giving new pups an introduction Kyna has become a wonderful addition to the pack.
Way to go Kyna!!
Your Niagara Pet Resort Team