Tick Treatment Programs
Ticks are an annoying and sometimes dangerous pests. Deer Ticks and other species of tick, are known vectors and carriers of very serious and potentially deadly diseases. They pick up disease pathogens or spirochetes when feeding on smaller animals and rodents, and then act as a vector capable of transmitting these pathogens to humans and other species as the tick matures. A thought out Tick Treatment Program for your property can greatly reduce or prevent the risks associated with tick activity.
The deer tick (Isodes scapularis) also known as the black-legged tick is found throughout the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and some areas of the Southwest. Deer ticks are the primary vector for a variety of diseases including Lyme disease, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis. Over the past 10 years over 100,000 cases of disease caused by deer ticks have been reported. Deer tick populations continue to increase and as their populations grow so does the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. As a consequence, there is an increased demand for pest managers to develop and implement effective deer tick control programs in both residential and recreational areas.
Deer ticks are parasites and must feed on blood to survive and reproduce. They begin their life as tiny eggs, which hatch into sexually immature larvae about the size of a grain of sand. The mobile stages of this pest climb onto foliage or structures like fences or buildings waiting for potential hosts to wander by. The larval ticks infest small animals, such as mice or birds, for several days, taking in blood until they are engorged and drop off the host, usually into leaf litter or thatch.
The engorged larvae molt into sexually immature, eight-legged nymphs, which are about the size of a poppy seed. These nymphs then take a blood meal, usually on a small to medium sized mammal such as a squirrel or rabbit, feeding for four or five days. The engorged nymphs drop off the host and eventually molt into a sexually mature eight-legged adult. The adults latch onto a large mammal such as a deer where they mate where the females subsequently attach and feed for about a week. They then drop off and lay eggs.
This whole process can take two years with peak activity occurring in different seasons. From a public health perspective, it is most important to control the nymphal tick because 90% of all Lyme disease cases are due to bites from this life stage.
Ultra Safe is a partner of the University Of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center. Our best management practices for Tick Control are based on information from the University’s product testing and field research.
Organic Tick Spraying
This tick treatment is effective against active ticks during the season. For a more comprehensive approach that targets the life-cycle
- Site evaluations to determine, pest population levels, breeding sites, day-time hide spots, etc.
- Natural eco-exempt materials
- Tick Yard Spraying of active, high-risk areas, and breeding sites every three weeks (May-September)
- Free follow-up as needed to insure success!
Maximum Control Tick Program (targets the life-cycle of ticks)
(Early Spring & Late Summer Treatments)
Our preferred ‘Maximum Control’ Tick Treatment Service was developed by the University Of Rhode Island’s top tick entomologists. This Tick Service is performed twice a year during the high-risk reproductive Tick seasons of April-May and again in August-September. This type of treatment is proven to maximize control and decimate deer tick populations in treated areas. This program uses an EPA registered insecticide and targets important stages of the Deer Tick life-cycle.
- Detailed Site Evaluations
- Educate Our Customers
- Treatment Application to all “High-Risk” areas and breeding sites
- Outdoor placement of Tick Tubes in areas where mice and other rodents will frequent. (rodents play a big part in the tick-borne disease cycle)
- Tick Identification Chart
Perimeter Tick Treatments
When larval blacklegged ticks hatch from eggs, they generally are pathogen-free (several studies from a number of laboratories have failed to detect any human disease-causing pathogens in newly hatched larvae). Ticks become infected with disease-causing pathogens when they feed on reservoir animals. Most studies support the notion that white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) are the main reservoir host for Lyme disease spirochetes, Babesia protozoa, and Anaplasma bacteria; in most settings, mice are the primary culprits for producing infected ticks. These mice are common and often quite abundant in rural, suburban, and semi-urban settings across much of the eastern United States.
Eliminate Tick Habitat
Deer ticks are NOT out in the middle of your groomed lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, ornamental plantings and gardens, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. By raking leaves, trimming shrubs and low branches you can make certain areas where ticks cannot survive. Pay special attention to frequented border areas, woodpiles, stonewalls and sheds. Creating borders of wood chips stone or any other landscaping material helps to serve as a reminder between tick-safe and Tick-danger zones.
Do NOT Attract Wildlife
Ticks are brought to your yard by deer and become infected mainly by feeding on mice. Keep deer out by planting undesirable plants, installing deer fencing or applying deer repellents. Mice like to live in stonewalls, around sheds, woodpiles or any enclosed area they can get into. Clean up brush, keep stonewalls clear of leaves, move woodpiles away from daily activity. Birdfeeders also attract deer and rodents that may drop ticks off right where you are standing.
Tick Tubes® are included with our Tick Maximum Control Tick Treatment Program!
Effective, safe, and environmentally sound product designed specifically for the control of Lyme disease carrying ticks.
Developed at a leading Lyme disease research laboratory at the Harvard School of Public Health. Based on the scientific study of ecology of the deer tick and the field mouse, the respective vector and the reservoir of the disease.
Enlist the aid of the common field mice by providing them with pesticide-treated nesting material, cotton balls, in biodegradable cardboard tubes which are placed out in brush and flower beds (not on lawns because mice do not make their burrows on lawns). The mice find the tubes and collect the cotton for their nests. The pesticide on the cotton gets on the fur of the mouse, and is brought into the burrow. The mouse is transformed into a very efficient tick killer.
Tests have proven that the risk of encountering infected ticks on treated property can be reduced up to 97% by the use of Damminix.
Tick Tubes® use the pesticide, permethrin, which does not hurt mice, other mammals or birds, and is so mild that it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in a head louse shampoo for children. Permethrin is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring pesticide, pyrethrum, an extract from flower heads of the chrysanthemum. Permethrin is highly neuro-toxic to ticks.
An environmentally responsible treatment that effectively gets to the root of the problem without harming other life forms and vegetation. The cardboard tubes are biodegradable and do not need to be inspected, picked up, or discarded. They will eventually breakdown harmlessly and disappear, but not before they have killed hundreds of Lyme disease carrying ticks.
Applied twice a year, in spring and in mid-summer (as late as mid-September) to coincide with the two appearances each year of the ticks.
Registered by the EPA, No. 56783-1, and in 14 states.