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Mosquito Squad’s barrier spray is effective for killing immature and mature ticks on the move; however it is only a contact killer and does not effectively treat the “source” of the problem. That is why in our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for mosquito control, we use larval control methods that effectively reduce the “source” of the problem. So, in addition to our barrier spray, we must attack the source of the tick infestation.
Effective against larval and nymph ticks associated with rodents, Damminix Tick Tubes® were developed by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health. They are a host-targeted acaricide consisting of cardboard tubes filled with cotton that has been impregnated with permethrin (7.4%).
Other facts on Damminix Tick Tubes®:
Note: In many regions where Lyme disease is a problem, each mouse on average is infested with 10-20 ticks daily in the months between May and September.
X 120 days/season
X 18 mice/acre
= 32,400 mouse-dervied ticks per acre* per season.
*Ticks are not evenly distributed across the acre
Product efficacy is application sensitive. If mice do not find the cotton, no ticks will be killed. To apply is correctly, you have to start to “think like a mouse.”
Spring Application – Between April 1st – June 15th
Summer Application Between July 15th – September 15th
There are approximately 900 different species of ticks. The blacklegged (or deer) tick, American dog (or wood) tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick and Lone Star ticks are the most common in the United States.
Saliva can be irritating, causing an allergic reaction at the site of the bite.
Blacklegged ticks live for approximately two years and have three different feeding stages: larva, nymph and adult.
Ticks lay their eggs in the spring and hatch as larvae (plural of larva) in the summer. Larvae feed on mice, birds and other small animals in the summer and early fall. When a larva feeds on an animal that is infected with a disease, the tick takes the bacteria into its body during feeding and it remains infected for the rest of its life.
After its initial feeding, the larva becomes inactive as it grows into a nymph. Source: CDC
A nymph tick will become active in the spring and will seek blood meals in order to fuel their growth into adults. Usually the nymph tick will feed on another small rodent, but sometimes it will be a human. During feeding, the nymph can transmit the bacterium to its new host.
Note: Most cases of human illness occur in the late spring and summer when the tiny nymphs are most active and human outdoor activity is greatest. Source: CDC
Adult ticks feed on large animals and sometimes humans. Although ticks often feed on deer, deer do not become infected. Deer are nevertheless important in transporting ticks and maintaining tick populations.
In the spring, adult female ticks lay their eggs on the ground, completing the life cycle. Source: CDC
Lyme disease is the most significant vector-borne disease in the United Sates and is now a “backyard” threat.
Lyme disease spirochetes are a type of bacteria that are transmitted by the bite of ticks in the genus Ixodes. Ixodes ticks that transmit the disease are commonly called deer ticks and are often abundant wherever there are deer.
The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is called the Borreliaburgdorferi. It resembles a coiled spring and cannot be seen without a microscope.
Lyme disease Transmission
The Lyme disease bacteria live in mice, squirrels and other small animals. It is transmitted through bites of certain species of ticks:
Symptons of Lyme disease
Lyme disease symptoms often imitate other diseases and are frequently misdiagnosed.
Many symptoms of Lyme disease are also associated with the flu, including:
Other symptoms include:
Deer Tick Harborage Sites
Deer ticks are rarely found in open, sunny areas. Common places where ticks may hide include:
More specifically, ticks are likely to harbor in:
These tick “hot spots” require special attention due to rodent and deer activity. Likewise, human activity revolves around these areas – filing the bird feeder, stacking and collecting firewood, discarding brush, etc.