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TICKS AND LYME DISEASE
Products for New York Residents
Tick elimination is a combination of chemical and
methods in and around your home, as well as removing ticks from
elimination of ticks includes insecticide sprays and insecticide dusts. This
article will detail both because both are important if you wish to rid your home and
property of ticks. The more you understand this stubborn pest, the easier it will be
You might want to take time to read Tick Biology and Habits if
you have not already done so. In the tick biology area, there are
links leading to description and habits of Brown Dog
Ticks, American Dog Tick, soft
ticks and hard ticks.
Non-chemical tick control procedures should be
implemented along with chemical control methods. These non-chemical control measures
will greatly reduce tick problems. Keeping grass and weeds cut short in tick
infested areas increases tick desiccation during hot weather, discourages alternative
hosts and lessens the amount of plant material which may need a pesticide application to
Removal of abandoned birds' nests in and around the property will reduce tick
numbers, especially of soft ticks.
Before removing bird nest, check
nest for eggs, babies or birds that still rely on their parents for food;
make sure there are no birds in nest who are too young to fly or otherwise
survive away from parents and nest.
clutter and debris on the property will also discourage rodent populations. You
should also remove nesting material left by rodents.
Screening and sealing entry
points (used by squirrels, raccoons,
chipmunks, rodents, bats, etc.) to houses and other
structures will also greatly reduce tick problems in and around the home.
Sealing cracks and crevices where ticks can hide, both inside and on the exterior of your
home, will aid in tick management.
Habitat change is very important in tick control.
Since ticks cannot hop or fly to get to their host, they must climb onto an object
(such as tall vegetation, fences, etc.) and wait for a potential host to travel close
by. Detecting shadows, vibrations, exhaled carbon dioxide or other host odors, the
tick then drops from their tall perch to attach themselves to their host.
vegetation not only gives ticks easier access to their next passing host but also prevents
insecticide applications from giving you the thorough coverage that you need.
Pesticides that just "sit" on tall grasses, weeds and other vegetation are
easily destroyed by sunlight. Many pests can detect the presence of an
insecticide spray (or dust) and will quickly hide on the bottom side of
plant leaves or in mulch around treated plants. Treating both sides
of plant leaves will increase your control by as much as 60 percent.
Properties and fence rows that are overgrown with
weeds and tall grass offer excellent harborage for tick carrying rodents and reptiles;
vegetation that grows too tall will naturally go to seed, attracting birds, rats, mice and
other creatures that feed on seed. In summary, tall vegetation will severely inhibit
your tick control!
Ticks on Dogs
In many cases, dogs (one of the main targets of
ticks) will pick up ticks while roaming through wooded or overgrown areas, and also when
taken for walks through parks. During the peak of tick season, you should limit your
dog's access to these areas. The only tick collar that we have seen work
consistently is the Preventic Tick Collar for Dogs.
Regular examination and grooming of pets
(especially dogs) and frequent cleaning of their bedding is also strongly
recommended. Infested pet bedding should be carefully washed or disposed of.
The area around the pet bed should be carefully and thoroughly treated (see insecticide
treatment) with an approved dust or spray. It has to be emphasized that the dog must
be treated if the infestation is to be eliminated.
IT (same as Talstar), Onslaught
and Permethrin Pro
are professional concentrates that can be used for outdoor and indoor tick elimination. In areas where
ticks are an on-going problem, spray shrubs, tree trunks, fences, ground covers
and lawns every 3 months or so to keep pressure on the tick population.
Insecticide dusts are also needed for indoor ticks.
New York residents need to order different
products, due to state restrictions.
Outdoors, special attention should be paid to lawns, shrubbery and
crawl spaces under buildings of any size. These areas should be thoroughly treated
with Permethrin Pro to kill ticks and to prevent infestations of fleas, ticks, ants and
other pests. Apply your concentrate insecticide outdoors with a hose-end sprayer
for best results.
Treat all tick
habitats, spraying shrubbery up to a height of 2 to 3 feet. If at all possible, mow
grass and weeds on any vacant lot frequented by you, your pets and any other creature
(rats, mice, raccoons, birds, reptiles) that can come into contact with your family.
These areas should also be treated Bifen IT or Onslaught.
The recommended rate
for killing outdoor ticks is 1 ounce of concentrate per 1,000 square feet of
Using a 20
Gallon Hose End Sprayer, pour about 5 ounces of Onslaught or Bifen IT into
sprayer; fill sprayer with water and attach to garden hose. This mixture
will cover 5,000 square feet -- an average size back yard. If your area to
be treated is larger, refill and treat until all possible tick harborage is
covered. Keep people and pets off treated surfaces until areas have been
allowed to dry. Once dry, it is safe for pets and family to re-enter the
Because of a tick's ability to detect and avoid pesticides, you
should begin your pesticide application at the exterior of your home (or other structures), then
work out and away from the house. This will help prevent "flushing" or
"running" ticks up and into your home from outdoors. Keep pets and
children off of any treated surfaces until dry.
Onslaught, Permethrin or Bifen IT products that are used outdoors can also
be used indoors.
After picking up all toys, clothing, pet food and water dishes, treat indoors by
spraying baseboards and a foot or two of wall from the baseboard out. Also
treat any effected furniture and floors beneath furniture.
Products labeled for indoor flea and tick use are water-safe for fabrics and
safe for family and pets when applied properly and allowed to dry.
Ticks will crawl into any dark area, cracks and crevices they can find.
First treat all these areas with your spray. After all treated areas have
been allowed to dry, apply a professional insecticide dust into as many cracks
and crevices possible. Wipe up any dust you find on floors.
INSECTICIDE DUSTS ARE USED IN AREAS WHERE BUGS HIDE BUT WHERE YOU CANNOT SPRAY.
For cleanest, most effective results, use a hand bellows duster to apply
dusts to cracks and crevices.
- The extended nozzle on a hand
bellows duster gives dusts a static charge, helping the particles to
stick to all sides of any crevice or void where applied -- instead of just
falling to bottom of voids.
- Dusters put more dust in areas needed, resulting in less waste, better
safety and more accuracy.
- A hand bellows duster makes the dusting job easier. Many people
skip the dusting process, trying to find the easy way out on tough jobs such
as bed bugs, mites, pantry pests and ticks that hide where sprays cannot
The two most popular dusters are the Crusader
or Eatons Duster and the B&G Bulb Duster.
Bulb Duster Model 1150 is usually needed for very large jobs.
Crusader/Eatons hand bellows duster is the most popular and also costs less.
All tick life stages can be found in cracks and crevices in
the infested home. Pay close attention to areas frequented by pets. After your
insecticide application has dried, apply Drione Dust
or Evergreen Pyrethrum to
all cracks and crevices, edges of carpets, under throw rugs, behind baseboards, behind
door moldings and under and on pet bedding. When used as directed, Drione Dust and Evergreen
Pyrethrum are safe to use in homes where there are children and pets.
These dusts contains silica gel, which has a desiccating (or drying) action on ticks and other
pests. Be prepared to make second or third applications of your indoor tick control
products. Ticks can go without feeding for such long periods (during which time they
stay concealed), they often do not contact treated surfaces before the application wears
off. This is why many people get discouraged while trying to manage an indoor tick
Tick Control Summary:
Treat outdoors where
your family or dog might come into contact with ticks. Treat all areas
indoors (where ticks might come into contact) with Bifen
SFR. Keep pets and children off
all treated areas until dry. After pesticide application has thoroughly dried, apply
Drione Dust to cracks, crevices, hiding places as well as
under and in pet beds. Repeat spray and/or dust applications in 7 - 10 days as
needed. Ticks must be removed from dogs to obtain
control -- even outdoor only dogs which family members come in contact with on a daily
- Permethrin SFR (Permethrin Pro) is cheaper
than other insecticides. Can be used indoors and outdoors for fleas,
ticks and other pests. Has slight petroleum odor. Up to 30 day
- Bifen IT is odorless, can be used indoors
and outdoors on lawns and ornamentals. Indoors, spot treatment
(baseboards, under furniture, etc.) is allowed but cannot be broadcast
indoors for flea control.
Up to 60 day residual indoors.
- Onslaught is an odorless microencapsulated
product that is labeled for over 200 pests. Can be used indoors and
outdoors. Labeled for indoor fleas, ticks, spiders, bed bugs and
others. Can also be safely sprayed on most shrubs, trees and
ornamentals. FenvaStar EcoCap contains same active ingredient as
Onslaught but Onslaught is a much higher concentration: 6.40% vs. FenvaStar
- All three products will kill ticks.
Permethrin is cheaper (1 quart costs about the same as a pint of other
products) while Onslaught needs only 1/2 ounce per gallon; Bifen requires
1/2 to 1 ounce per gallon; Permethrin SFR requires 1 ounce per gallon.
New York Residents: Evergreen
Pyrethrum dust and FenvaStar
EcoCap concentrate can be shipped to NY.
(Most insecticides listed cannot be shipped to NY)
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