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Tick Problem

God, I hope you can help me Ok, where to start? I have a dog and two cats. I moved to a place in TN, about 45 minutes north of Chattanooga, almost two years ago and we have a ridiculous tick problem. It started with just my dog because my cats were both inside. I put Frontline on her when it started to warm up but every time she came inside she would be covered in ticks (lonestar and dog ticks to be specific). I thought maybe I just put it on wrong or something, tried it again, same thing. I tried K-9 Advantix, no better. I've treated my yard with two different products made to kill and repel ticks(Eliminator and Ortho Max), they helped, but did not solve my problem. I've tried feeding my dog garlic, that also helped a little but still have the problem. I looked into it a lot and thought it might be my dogs fur or that I was bathing her too often, but when my cat got out (with Frontline on) he too, was covered in ticks and I don't bathe him. I think these things have become might have become immune to these poisons. I'm not talking one or two ticks a week either, she can get as many as 20 or 30 in a matter of hours if she gets off her chain and goes into the woods and at least 5 or 6 a day when she stays in the treated area. I keep her inside as much as possible, but she has to get out sometime. I've heard certain tick collars work wonders, but I've also read that they can be dangerous to children, and I do have a 1 year old, so I would like to avoid those. As disgusting as the things are, that just isn't worth the risk to my baby. I've talked to 3 different vets and they ALL insist that Frontline works, and I'm just nuts. Have you ever heard of anything like this? It seems like they are unstoppable. If you can help at all I would greatly appreciate it, this is horrible and I am planning on moving as soon as I am financially capable, but it won't be for a few more years. Thanks. Tea tree oil diluted with an equal amount of mineral oil, placed in a cosmetic style atomizer and sprayed over your dog from top to bottom and then hand rubbed in to the fur will set up a repellency that will last for a day or two, and will not hurt the dog. When you smell your hands, there should be a lingering strong smell on them. The oil is good for the skin and will do no harm. Ticks will not die but are adversely effected by the oil and should drop off the dog. Try this first. Let me know of your success. Best wishes, George Manning Consulting Entomologist Pest Control Chicago


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