Tick Control

Here in Connecticut the threat of ticks carrying Lyme disease is very real and can be life shattering. We have many proven methods of controlling ticks. The most common method is spraying your yard and property. There are three different levels of control, completely organic, natural and synthetic. All three types of control are applied in the same way. We spray the brushy and leafy areas where ticks thrive and the perimeter of the property to create a continuous treatment barrier with a generous amount of product, and then we lightly dust the turf areas. Ticks typically do not dwell on turf areas so we prefer to keep the amount of product used to a minimum, especially when synthetic and natural products are used.

NEHS highly advocates the use of completely organic products. While deer fencing works best, we also recommend cedar woodchips as the scent repels deer. We also use an organic product that is composed of cedar oils and a derivative of raspberries. These are completely safe to you and I and completely toxic to ticks. These are also applied with a surfactant and have a small amount of residual control, but need to be re-applied.

The natural pesticides are chrysanthemum derived and are less toxic to the environment. The natural pesticides have no residual effect and need to be applied more than three times per season. We suggest that these be applied 5 to 7 times per season depending on the weather.

When confronted with situations where we must use chemicals, we time the application based on the life cycle of the tick for maximum effectiveness and minimize chemical use.

Synthetic controls require the use of pesticides. For those that have decided that synthetic pesticides are ok to be used in their yard, we recommend only three applications a year. These are applied with a surfactant that allows the chemical to stick to whatever it is applied to. They have a residual effect and can remain actively affective for up to three months. These three yearly applications are based on the life cycle of the tick. We apply in April when the immatures are turning into adults and looking for a blood meal. The second application is in mid-summer at some point depending on the weather to knock down any ticks that have been brought into the property via rodents and deer, and the last application is made in October when adult females who are looking to breed need a blood meal. We have found that by timing these applications correctly, after two years the tick problem is virtually eliminated.