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Deer / Tick Prevention

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hurrikanelandscaping, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    I am talking about the blacklegged tick aka deer tick, they are the tick that transmits Lyme Disease in the north east, they simply do not travel far, their numbers are exploding around New England, because they are transported on deer, and birds. In a 2 year period the female blacklegged tick only requires 3 blood meals to complete its lifecycle, larvae, nymph and adault. They just wait 24/7
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139


    I read the link before I posted it and interpreted it to mean that treating lawns would eliminate relatively few ticks. You are correct, some ticks can be found in some lawns. IMO, there is little to gained by spraying pesticides on large open lawn areas as a means to reduce the risk of being infected by Lyme Disease. Some good information can be found here.

    The best method to reduce risk of Lyme Disease is to do daily, thorough body check for ticks and to properly remove them. http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88&Itemid=424

    "People like me" have had NJ pesticide Licenses for woody ornamentals and turf since the early '80s. People like me have managed pesticide divisions that had fleets of up to 11 spray rigs working 12 hrs a day. We have treated thousands of properties during this time period for many outdoor pest problems. People like me have learned that incorporating other methods of plant health care allows us to greatly reduce the amount of pesticides used while achieving better results. We have learned that this approach is very successful as a business model.

    People like me accept the fact that other people have different ideas and beliefs. We choose not to make personal attacks just because others are not "people like me".
  3. loyd meeks

    loyd meeks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    BS. wherever deer go so go ticks. We don't have pets but neighbors do. We keep yard (well mowed and clean) sprayed because we get ticks from the lawn
  4. hurrikanelandscaping

    hurrikanelandscaping LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 76

    Like i said i am not looking for something to spray flowers with.

    What i am planning on doing is coming in with a sprayer and spray around all the property lines to create almost like a chemical fence.

    This lady does not want any deer on her PROPERTY. Not really sure why but whatever.

    I plan on using this stuff:

    It is called liquid fence and I will try and make an agreement with her to come and spray monthly to keep that chemical fence nice and strong.

    Is this a good idea or will my solution not work?

  5. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

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  6. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    Wow with all that experience then you of all people should know how ticks drop off of animals all over the lawn daily. If you need to google and post things as your own and then misinterpret what is very clear, then perhaps you should stay out of a thread that could ruin someones life listening to your very bad advice. So yes people like you should not give professional advise where your advice could ruin someones life, or with babesiosis kill someone.

    Spray the lawn for ticks as the link said ticks are in the grass as well as woodline and beds.

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  7. SMC

    SMC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Chemical repellents will not completely eliminate deer from entering a property. The only way to do that is a 10' - 12' fence. Repellents can reduce deer traffic as deer are looking for sources of food.
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Killing ticks in and around someone's yard alone will not protect someone from getting Lyme Disease. Humble correctly points out that reducing tick habitat and understanding the part of rodents play in the disease cycle should be part of comprehensive plan to reduce the likelihood of contracting Lyme. He is also correct in stating that some ticks will be found on lawns. We differ in how important the later is to prevent Lyme, but otherwise we have so much more in common that I fail to see any reason to attack each other.
    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  9. capetrees

    capetrees LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 221

    The most effective way to keep deer away is to kill them, period. Try all other deterents and the only one that truly works is death. But keep in mind, the deer are getting a bad name. Mice and other animals are spreading ticks faster than the deer.

    Ticks on the other hand are hard to prevent and therefore need to be dealt with on an ongoing basis. There is no way to prevent ticks in the yard, regardles of whether its in the brush, in the trees, tall grass or short grass. Any warm blooded animal can carry them into your yard. Raccoons, mice, deer, bats, birds, rabbits etc. You name it, ticks can be carried. Kill all of the ticks on your lawn and the animals can bring them in the next day/night. Periodic spraying and granular tretments are the only way to deal with ticks.
  10. SMC

    SMC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    We have had excellent results with our tick spray program. While 100% control is impossible to achieve! you can significantly reduce tick populations on properties with one or two applications of synthetic pyrethroids. The key is to time your spray to go after the nymph stage of the tick and get good penetration into those areas where ticks are most likely to be found, leaf litter, pachysandra, tall grass, stone walls and the perimeter of the woods.

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