Ticks and Lyme Disease
The blacklegged tick, or deer tick, is responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease, usually when they are in their nymphal stage of development and are the size of a pinhead. In Connecticut, approximately 20,000 new cases are reported to the CDC each year! Three-quarters of Lyme cases can be traced to activities around the home, including gardening, lawn work, and outdoor play. Ticks grasp on to passing hosts as they pass through leaf debris, blades of grass, or other low level growth areas, especially at the edge of woods or brushy areas. Ticks cannot fly or jump and do not fall out of trees, but are commonly picked up on the lower leg and make their way up the body for a place to feed. Our 4-stage organic tick spray program is safe for the environment and will not harm pets. Professional applications are typically done in April, May, July, and September to combat tick populations at their most vulnerable stages.
Ticks Tubes and Other Control Strategies
Developed by Harvard University researchers and EPA Registered, tick tubes kill immature ticks before they can pass diseases on to humans and pets. Made of biodegradable material, tick tubes contain cotton treated with permethrin insecticide, which targets only the ticks, causing no harm to humans, pets, wildlife, or the environment. Mice collect this material and use it to line their nests, transferring the insecticide onto their fur. Ticks then feed on these mice and die. These tick tubes are highly effective for spaces sprays cannot reach. Gerbert & Sons also offers eco-friendly deer deterrents as another approach to combat the spread of Lyme Disease. To help keep ticks away from living areas, have grass mowed to seasonal mowing requirements and remove leaf litter, brush, and weeds from your property. Create a 3 foot mulch border between your yard and wooded areas. Move swing sets away from woods and place on the lawn with a playground mulch border.
Contact the experts at Gerbert & Sons at (203) 324-3817 to ensure your property and family are protected from ticks as we move outdoors this spring.