Things You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner with disposable bags
Zip-type storage bags
Upholstery and carpet steamer
Brush your pet daily with a comb to determine there are no ticks or other foreign bodies.
Take your child or pet to an appropriate medical facility if you suspect a tick is present.
Ticks are parasites that are related to mites and spiders. They feed on the blood of animals and humans by attaching themselves to a host. A tick can cause anything from mild itching and redness to more serious complications such as Lyme disease that can cause neurological problems and even be fatal if not diagnosed in time. Carpets provide a good nesting place for ticks to lay their eggs. Ticks are so persistent that if necessary, use a commercial pesticide and remove your family, pets and houseplants for a few days.
Locate any areas that might be infested with ticks. Mark down the areas so you know where to concentrate most to get rid of the pests.
Vacuum the carpet methodically. Start at one end of the room and go across to the other end in a straight line. When you get to the other side of the room begin another straight line slightly overlapping the first line you vacuumed. Pay particular attention to the areas where you noticed the ticks. Place the vacuum bag in a zip-style storage bag, seal and dispose of it in a trashcan outside your house as soon as possible.
Wash anything that can be removed from the room. Concentrate on items such as seat covers, cushions and pillows.
Start at one end of the room and sprinkle a generous layer of kosher salt on the carpet while paying extra attention to areas that you know have ticks. Allow the salt to remain on the carpet overnight and re-vacuum in the morning. Remove the vacuum bag and place in another zip-type storage bag. Dispose of it immediately.
Steam clean your carpets throughout the house; use the upholstery steamer for all furniture that has covering that cannot be removed. Wash any linen, blankets or other exposed furnishing coverings and dry in a dryer according to instructions on the fabric.
Use a pesticide in the entire house if all else fails. Remove your family and pets for at least 48 hours after applying the pesticide. The best type of pesticide is the "bomb" type. You can set it to permeate the house with one use.
Leave the windows closed and stay out of the house for 24 hours. Open the windows and allow the house to air out for another 24 hours and then return to vacuum furniture and carpeting thoroughly. Dispose of the vacuum bag.
Based in West Windsor, N.J., Allison Melman has been writing health- and travel-related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Salon" and "Better Health" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Connecticut State University.