tick control prevention

Organic Tick Control

Tick Control

 

The increasing incidence of tick-borne illnesses—Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis, and others—has understandably ratcheted up homeowners’ anxiety. The CDC now reports 16 different tick-borne pathogens affecting humans, a handful of which have been discovered in the last several years.

How do we minimize the risks to our families and pets from these disease-carrying insects without exposing them to materials that might also be harmful to them?

Organic Tick Treatments & Natural Tick Repellents

Happily, the availability of all-natural, plant-derived insecticides has allowed SavATree to create an organic tick-control program that kills ticks safely and effectively, and is friendly to humans and pets.

SavATree’s organic tick control program uses a line of products whose main active ingredient is cedar wood oil, which scientific studies have shown to be highly effective in repelling and killing ticks. Cedar wood oil is among the all-natural plant oils used in insecticide products that the EPA has found to be safe and to pose minimal risk to humans. We also chose to use this insecticide product because it has been determined by the Organic Materials Review Institute to be allowed for use in organic production and processing, and in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program.

SavATree’s Organic Tick Control Treatment is safe, kills ticks on contact, and provides residual control lasting 30-60 days. Our technicians can apply the product to your entire property, but generally focus on the ecotone areas known to be ticks’ preferred habitats—the 9-foot periphery of the lawn where most deer ticks are known to hide.

Additional Tick Control Methods

Deer Tick

Another way to decrease your risk from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is to make your property as physically inhospitable as possible to ticks and the animals that carry them. Here are a few tips:

Ticks prefer moisture

Look to reduce shady and damp areas in the parts of your yard where the family recreates. Fewer ticks are found in the sunny areas of the lawn.

Ticks can’t live in short vegetation

Keep the grass mowed, and keep weeds, leaf litter, and brush away from your home.

Make your property unattractive to tick-bearing “host” animals (such as deer and white-footed mice)
    • Replace the plants that deer love to browse with deer-resistant plants.
    • If you live in an area with high deer populations, install a deer fence around your property.
    • Avoid putting bird feeders in areas where children play.
    • Keep family recreational areas and play equipment a good distance away from the wood piles, stone walls, and other structures where mice often shelter.
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.

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