Tick live here and don’t plan on moving ! So what dowe do with these pests and the disease they can carry ? Well, ticks appear to be infected by the small mammals they feed off of. Newly hatched ticks seem to be the major transmitter of disease. Unfortunately most people do not recall a tick biting them .
Disease transmission to humans usually occurs after a tick has been attached for 24 hours or more. Besides the disease risk associated with tick bites they can also be painful and can even cause scarring.
You have two options when it comes to controlling your exposure to ticks. #1 is to reduce the number of animals that introduce them into the landscape environment (this can be difficult) #2 is the use of chemicals . However , because “tick carrying animals constantly introduce new ticks into our out door areas , pesticide treatments need to be repeated in the Spring, Summer and Fall.
The treatment of the ecotone area is critical for good control of ticks. This is the area between the manicured lawn and the less manicured grass/shrub area. This normally requires treatment 10′ into the lawn area and around 20′ into the less manicured areas.
Data tends to support that those who shower after outdoor activity have a lower risk of bites (prolonged attachments). After showering be sure to do a “tick inspection” and check those hard to reach areas….. with most all pests this requires deligence and knowledge !