2013 19/06

Because ticks are just gross!

Honestly, just the thought of writing about this gives me the heebie-jeebies! So, I apologize in advance. I wouldn’t even blame you if you skipped ahead to the bottom of this post and just read the “solution”. Because, eww!

Ok, you’ve been warned.

For those of you hanging with me, here goes! Earlier this Summer, the local news outlets were exploding with headlines that read the following:

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And that’s when I promptly explained to the children how we would not be leaving the house for the duration of the Summer. Oh, I’m not overreacting. See, about 3 years ago I was sitting at home with the kids and I noticed something on Abbi’s ear. Of course it must be dirt or marker or something. As I took a closer look, I noticed it was a bug. And then I realized it was a tick.

A TICK was on my baby girl’s ear. And then I died! And then I came back to life, tried to reassure her that it was nothing, and held in all my freak-out as I removed it. She survived. I survived {almost}. But now I obviously have issues with these little guys.

Fast forward 3 years and my husband, not paying much attention to my Summer-no ticks-quarantine request, took the kids and dog for a little hike while I was out of town.

him: I took the kids out on the trails today.
me: Oh, really? How was that?
him: Fun, except I found 2 ticks on me while we were walking.

Yeah, you can just imagine my freak out. But, obviously, I can’t keep the family locked up all Summer. Not when we love exploring and camping and exploring while camping. Time to prevent those little buggers from getting on us.

For us and the kids, it’s pretty easy. Wear clothes that cover us and then check, check and double check.

PPG_96317_7image courtesy of Michigan.gov

 

For Jasper, it’s not so easy. He likes to go in the longer grass and ticks are more prone to land on him. And his brown and black hair makes them a bit harder to find. And he’s not so fond of the clothing idea. So, instead, I’m “covering” him with Seresto.

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Seresto from Bayer is a flea and tick collar for dogs and cats. It’s as simple as that. The collar has 2 active ingredients that work together to kill fleas and repel and kill ticks. And it lasts up to 8 months!

seresto2*the Seresto collar is the grey collar on Jasper*

It’s our first time trying a flea/tick collar. Typically we’ve used topical treatments, which I really don’t like. The topical treatments leave a greasy strip down Jasper’s back that I feel like I get all over my hands every time I touch him. And, let’s face it, I really stink at remembering to do that treatment each month. With the Seresto Collar I don’t have to worry about that.

So far we are super happy with the Seresto flea/tick collar. We just came off from a weekend of camping where Jasper was outside with us all day, around long grass, woods, and other animals and I felt confident that Jasper came home free of any little creepy crawlies (or jumpies). And, if Jasper’s camping-coma is any indication, I think he’s pretty confident, too.

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Before heading, be sure to “cover” your dog or cat this Summer with some flea and tick protection! It beats the alternative (just picture you and the dog cuddling up together with a pair of tweezers as you pick ticks off him). For more information Seresto, be sure to check them out online where you can also get a great money saving rebate!

Oh, welcome back to those who skipped ahead! Here’s the recap — problem: Fleas & Ticks (eww)  solution: Seresto

This post is written in part of a sponsored campaign with Bayer. All opinions are my own and Jasper’s, which I’m merely interpreting since he’s not a dog of many words. 

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