TICK CONTROL PROGRAM
Ticks are scientifically classified as Arachnida (which is a classification that includes spiders) and Eastern Ontario is experiencing a significant increase in the reporting of Ticks and of Lyme disease. The black legged tick or “deer tick” is the tick that potentially carries Lyme disease, and in some areas, the disease can be found in 30% of the native Tick population. The Tick is the carrier of the disease which is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is injected into the host during the Tick feeding stage.
Tick Control Program
Ticks are best controlled through both landscape management and product application. To better enhance the outcome, we will provide you with a checklist for landscape management tips. These include things like keeping the lawn mowed, controlling weeds, and removing leaf litter and other debris from the yard. Keep areas around fence-lines and stone walls well trimmed and store firewood and other items away from the house. Try to make the yard as unattractive to rodents as possible as ticks are more likely to enter the yard on rodents than other wildlife, especially in more urban areas.
Our Tick Control Program consists of 2 treatments, one in late spring (May-June) and the second in the fall (September-October). These are the times ticks are the most active. A technician will treat a 2-3-meter-wide area around the home and other structures such as sheds, detached garages, doghouse, kennel areas, patios and other potential questing sites. We also treat around stone walls and areas of overgrown vegetation (such as the uncut ditch in front of the house).
It is important to keep pets and children inside until the product has dried and lawn signs are provided to alert friends and neighbors to stay off the yard.