Treat for Ticks This Fall to Limit Them in the Spring

Don't ignore treating your property for ticks this fall, it's prime time to treat adult ticks and reduce the outbreak for the spring season.

As summer comes to a close, the battle against seasonal pests begins to lessen.  However, the fall season is an important one in preventing the spread of ticks for the 2013 season.  

Many homeowners consider the fall as the end of tick season as the temperatures decrease, but it is actually an important time to treat properties to prevent the spread of ticks for the spring season.

Although the adult tick’s highest peak in the Northeast occurs during May through July, ticks will remain active in searching for hosts up until October or even later depending on weather conditions.  Despite a chill in the air, ticks are able to detect the carbon dioxide being released from a warm-blooded animal such as a dog or a deer, and be enticed to latch on for a warm meal.  The fall season tends to be the stage in the tick’s life cycle referred to as adult.  Adult ticks actively seek new hosts throughout the fall, waiting up to 3 feet above ground on grass and leaf tips to latch on to a host.  The female adults, after feeding, become egg-laden and lay their eggs underneath leaf litter and in the spring and summer the eggs hatch thus starting a new tick population. 

As a result of this tick activity in the fall, tick prevention is imperative in lessening the outbreak for the next season.  As well, of the adult ticks sampled in highly endemic areas of the northeast, 50 percent have been found to carry Lyme disease.  Therefore the risk of Lyme’s disease and other tick borne diseases are still a high risk well into fall.  I recommend continuing preventative spraying into the end of October to kill the existing adults and thus limit the new batch of ticks that could potentially hatch at the start of the 2013 season.  

Other tips for property management homeowners can execute on their own to prevent ticks nesting for the fall season are:

 * Reduce leaf litter, brush and weeds at the edge of the lawn and around the house.

* Cut grass short and regularly.

* Remove brush and leaves around stonewalls and wood piles.

* Use wood chips to help keep the buffer zone free of plants and restrict tick migration.

* Trim tree branches to let in more sunlight.

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Deborah Klughers September 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
What pesticide do you use?
Brian Kelly September 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Our products vary as each property is unique, please call our office for information 631-287-9700. Thank you.
Deborah Klughers September 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I went on your website and it says you use Astro Permethrin. I looked it up and found the following "Environmental Hazards" on the commercial label: "This pesticide is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on crops or weeds." "This product is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates." "Drift and runoff from treated areas may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas." Another "technical fact sheet" states, "Permethrin is highly toxic to honeybees, fish, and aquatic invertebrates due to disruption of sodium channels." The EPA states "Permethrin is highly toxic to both freshwater and estuarine aquatic organisms.Permethrin toxicity data show that the compound is highly toxic to honeybees, as well as other beneficial insects."
Eric Bischoff September 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I personally disagree with recommendations. I am against spraying chemicals. We are already exposed to too many of them and they do end up in our water supply. Keeping grass short requires more mowing which is just more air and noise pollution and it also requires more unnecessary watering. Unlike my neighbors who are No-Leaves-Fanatics I build up my beds with leaves for the winter and I have a much healthier soil as a result. A simple inspection of the body after spending time outdoors is all that is necessary.
join.patch.# December 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
my ankle has a rash


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