There are many species of ticks but the species which are most often encountered along the east coast of Australia are the Australian paralysis tick (xodes holocyclus) and the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). Both of these tick species can occur on many different animals, as well as humans.
The Australian paralysis tick causes the death of animals, particularly dogs and cats, and illness in humans. Whenever illness of humans or animals is suspected, the cases should be referred to the relevant medical or veterinary surgery.
Control Measures For Ticks
The elimination of the paralysis tick from an area is not possible without the use of insecticides and the removal of natural host animals. However the following procedures will reduce the numbers of ticks.
- Reduce or eliminate moisture from known tick areas.
- Reduce weeds and unwanted low vegetation. Keep grass cut where possible.
- Exclude or discourage (but do not kill) bandicoots, as they are natural hosts of the paralysis tick.
- Call the professionals at Outback Pest Control Pest Management Services to discuss your options and arrange a convenient time for a technician to address your concern/s.
- Inspect pets daily (or at least every second day). When ticks are located they should be carefully removed with forceps.
- Wash not shampoo, pets/animals in a solution containing an insecticide approved for this purpose – see your veterinary professional for advice. Always follow the treatment directions listed on the product label.
- Contact the professionals at Outback Pest Control Pest Management Services to discuss your options and arrange a time for a technician to address your concern/s.