Brown dog tick control

On the dog. If you have unconfirmed suspicion or if there are only a few ticks, initially, you can simply remove the ticks and see what happens. If the suspicion has been confirmed, you can treat the dog with a pour-on product in the hair – the same kind that is used against fleas, alternatively, you can use flea collars or treat the dog’s fur with a powder-based pesticide for dogs. Control can also be exaggerated. Using too many products at the same time can make the dog sick. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian about the problem.

In the surrounding environment. High levels of infestation demand more drastic measures. Treat the house with a cat flea repellent combined with a bed bug repellent because the brown dog ticks virtually hide the same places as these pests and they spread in the same way.

The brown dog tick

Brown dog tick

Brown dog tick

The brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, prefers dogs and rarely bites people. The species is widespread in warmer parts of the world. In Europe, it is mainly found in the Mediterranean. In Denmark, it is mostly seen on dogs that come from the south. In our parts of the world, the brown dog tick is found indoors. In appearance, it is similar to the castor bean tick. Usually, the circumstances under which the tick is found provide clues as to which species it belong. Brown dog ticks need to be controlled. The dogs can fall ill from their bites, the mites can spread to other dogs and in homes. Controlling the brown dog tick is difficult and the successful method is a mix of flea control methods and bed bugs control methods.

Brown dog tick

Brown dog tick

Brown dog tick

(Latin: Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

This tick originates from Africa but is now widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical areas of the world. In Europe it is common in the Mediterranean countries.

It occurs mainly on dogs and rarely on man. Like the previous species it has to have three separate blood meals before it becomes sexually mature, and under favourable conditions development from egg to adult takes about 65 days at a temperature of 25-30° C.

In temperate areas the dog tick is completely dependent upon warm buildings during the cold part of the year. As it originally evolved in very dry climates, it is able, unlike the castor bean tick, to live and breed in centrally heated houses with a dry climate.

Fully fed female dog ticks are scarcely one centimetre long when they leave the host, and this most often happens in the dog’s bed. Even in this condition they are surprisingly mobile and while searching for a suitable site for egg-laying they have a tendency to wander upwards.

The 2,000-4,000 red-brown eggs are attached in large or small clumps in a sheltered position, as for example small cavities in panelling, along piping or behind cupboards and pictures.

To control these ticks it is essential to treat both the dog and the surrounding areas at the same time.