Tick Control Treatments and Prevention
SavATree Offers Deer and other Tick Control Options
SavATree's highly experienced arborists are also knowledgeable when it comes to tick control – including deer tick control. Many deer ticks carry, and spread, bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis or Powassen. If you are concerned about these diseases and the presence of deer ticks in your yard, our arborists can apply a treatment to the ecotone areas (zone between lawn areas and wooded areas – this is the preferred habitat of the deer tick) and, if necessary, to the lawn area as well that will provide an immediate reduction in the number of ticks on your landscape.
More than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to CDC every year, making it the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States, the CDC says. But some reports have suggested it is far more common than that.
Also, according to published research, approximately 90% of deer ticks on a property will be found in the ecotone areas with less than 2% found in lawn areas.
Ticks can also be carried into your landscape by animals such as deer, birds and small rodents. Integrated tick control treatments that concentrate on both the lawn perimeter areas and tick-carrying mice provide the greatest protection by quickly reducing the number of active ticks in your yard. We recommend the use of Damminix to reduce tick populations without harming wildlife.
Organic Tick Control
For customers who prefer a green solution to managing tick populations in their landscape, SavATree is pleased to offer Organic Tick Control treatments. Our organic solutions use active ingredients such as cedar oil to kill ticks on contact and provide residual control that lasts from 30-60 days. Applications are performed by covering the entire property starting with the ecotone area that divides the yard and tree line. This particular area is known to be the preferred habitat of the deer tick. A light mist is also applied to the lawn. Organic treatments offer a minimum risk solution that does not require EPA registration because its ingredients are considered to be non-hazardous.
Unconventional Deer Tick Control Methods
Tick control can be achieved by focusing on the white-footed mouse, a favorite host of the deer tick. Professional placement of Damminix in mouse habitats is very effective in reducing Lyme disease-carrying deer tick populations on your property.
Damminix consists of cardboard tubes containing cotton balls laced with an ingredient that is very effective at killing ticks while leaving the mice unharmed. These tick control tubes are placed in strategic areas in the landscape and surrounding wooded areas. The mice bring the cotton balls back to their burrows to line their nests. The ticks feeding on the mice then come into contact with the treated cotton and are quickly eliminated. We recommend Damminix for tick control treatments because it does not harm the mice or wildlife in your landscape and is totally biodegradable.
Learn other ways you can reduce your exposure to deer tick bites.