Identifying Dog Ticks
There is one common species of Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) in Singapore. Dog Ticks are reddish brown and about 5 mm long. They turn grey and increase to 15 mm in length after a blood meal. Although adult Dog Ticks have 8 legs, their larvae only have 6 legs!
Dog Ticks are disturbing because they suck your dog’s blood and make it lethargic.
How do you know you have an infestation?
You will find:
- Your pet scratches/licks the same spot repeatedly, especially around the head or hindquarters
- Adult Dog Ticks and larvae
- Fine black droppings on your pet’s fur
What can you do to prevent an infestation?
Regularly bring your dog to a qualified groomer or veterinarian to have them inspected and de-ticked. You may also buy over-the-counter Dog Tick medication and use them as advised in the label. If you have a garden, trim the grass to reduce “resting/waiting posts” for Dog Ticks. Thoroughly wash or dispose of your dog’s bedding once Dog Ticks are suspected.
How can we help you?
Dog Ticks are a major problem for most pet owners. Thus, professional help is needed. Our Aardwolf Pestkare Technicians will inspect and vacuum carpets and furniture, before treating with a residual spray. During this treatment, the infested pet has to be sent for a professional de-ticking service.