Thursday, September 3, 2015

Get Rid of Ticks

Ticks are not just a nuisance. They can be dangerous to your health. They carry Lyme disease and other illnesses that can be serious. The best protection from ticks in your backyard is to eliminate them with professional tick control methods. There are several different ways to control ticks, and you can customize a solution for your unique backyard.

What are Tick Tubes?

Ticks usually get their first meal from mice. They are hatched in the nests, feed on the mice and move on. Mice make their nests by gathering material from the locality, and they especially like soft material, such as tender grass and fluff. Tick tubes take advantage of this habit to remove ticks from the area. The biodegradable tubes are filled with soft cotton that is saturated with an insecticide. The mice take the cotton to build their nests and the ticks are exposed to the treated cotton. This effectively eliminates the pest. A professional pest control company will determine the number and placement of the tubes in your yard.

What Is a Misting System?

A misting system is a set of pipes that are installed around the perimeter of your backyard or around your whole home. It automatically gently releases a mist for 30 seconds about two to four times per day of tick and mosquito control solution. It’s installed by professionals who also refill the product when needed. There are two types of solutions including the traditional mosquito and tick pesticide, and an all-natural treatment that is made from essential oils. This product has a slight botanical fragrance that disperses after a few hours. The all-natural treatment needs to be applied more frequently, every 14 days, than the traditional product, which needs to be applied every 21 days.

The product remains on the leaves and stems of the plants, so when the mosquito comes to feed on the plant juices, it will also take in the pesticide. If there is heavy rain, the area may need to be misted more often.

It’s recommended to make your yard mosquito-proof by following a few simple steps. First, check for standing puddles in toys, flowerpots and on the patio. These should be emptied. Next, woodpiles also attract mosquitoes. The woodpile can be covered with a tarp, so there are no dark, damp exposed areas. Finally, if there are piles of wet leaves or grass clippings, mosquitoes will gather there too. With professional help and a few precautions, you can have a pest-free backyard.