Tick Control

Tick control is a serious matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record number of tick-borne diseases in the U.S. have escalated over the years, and the health threat posed to humans is steadily increasing. This is because ticks, well-known disease vectors, are breeding and expanding among their known geographic ranges, which, unfortunately, is all over the country.

Thankfully, there are various opportunities for tick control. SavATree is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our customers, and we’re proud to offer organic treatment options that can protect your family members and pets from the growing tick population.

Why is effective tick control important?

Ticks are major carriers of diseases—-according to the CDC there are more than 16 different tick-borne pathogens including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, Heartland Virus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Controlling the tick population amounts to fewer tick bites, which can protect you, your family and pets.

When are ticks most active?

Ticks exposure can be year-round. They are more likely to spread diseases in the spring and summer during the nymph stage because they are harder to detect due to their small size, giving them ample time to feed and transmit infections.

By the fall and winter seasons, ticks have grown to their full size and are typically active during this time as well.

Regardless of time of year, if the tick carries the bacteria, people and pets can become infected after they are bitten.

Where do ticks typically hide?

Ticks love damp, dark environments. If your property is moist and wooded, it likely has a tick population.

Additionally, ticks thrive in vegetation. Tall grass, weeds, leaf litter and brush are some of the common places ticks can be found. In fact, many ticks use tall grass as an opportunity to search for a host — they latch onto the tall weeds and wait for an unsuspecting passing animal or human to jump on.

Lastly, ticks love to latch on to two common animals: deer and white-footed mice. If deer or mice tend to roam your property, there’s a chance they might be carrying ticks.

How can you protect against ticks?

Safeguarding your property and family against ticks involves treating their habitat and keeping your property free from debris and standing water. SavATree has created two tick control programs to reduce your tick population in a safe and effective manner.

Organic Tick Repellent and Property Treatment

SavATree’s organic tick control program consists of applications made of cedar oil, an organic ingredient that has been shown to be highly effective in tick population control.

Our treatment is safe and provides residual control that lasts between 30 and 60 days. One of our highly trained specialists will come to your home to apply the tick repellent to the property, with special attention paid to the ecotone, which is the area where landscapes transition to woods.

Deer Tick Prevention & Control with Tick Habitat Treatments

The white-footed mouse is a favorite host of the deer tick. Professional placement of Tick Habitat Treatments where mice live is an effective way to reduce Lyme disease-carrying deer tick populations on your property.

Tick Habitat Treatments

Our cardboard tick tubes contain cotton balls infused with an ingredient that effectively reduces the tick population while leaving mice unharmed. 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, and the ticks feeding on the mice then come into contact with the treated cotton. Not only is this option effective in eliminating ticks without harming wildlife, but the material is also completely biodegradable, so you can have peace of mind that you’re not harming the environment.

If you’re ready to learn more about our tick control treatments, contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced arborists.

Establish boundaries

Research shows that approximately 90% of deer ticks on a property will be found in the ecotone area—the transition area between your yard and the woodline—while less than 2% will be found in lawn areas. So it’s wise to establish a three-foot gravel or wood-chip buffer zone between your yard and adjacent wooded areas and fields. The buffer also serves as a good “keep out!” visual cue for the kids.

Call today for a complimentary consultation to learn how our Organic Tick Control programs can provide safety, effectiveness—and peace of mind.