TICK Ticks are obligate blood-feeders that require an animal host to survive and reproduce. They main feed on a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and even amphibians. Ticks can be nuisance; their bites can cause irritation and, in the case of some ticks paralysis. Severe infestations on animals can cause anemia, weight loss, and even death from consumption of large quantities of blood.
Ticks can also transmit many human and animal disease pathogens, which include viruses, bacteria (lime disease), rickettsiae, and protozoa.
TRADITIONAL CONTROL Pyrethroid is a synthetic, man-made insecticide, whose chemical structure is based on natural pyrethrum. The so-called pyrethroid insecticides were developed to match or exceed the effectiveness of natural pyrethrum but be more stable in sunlight. Pyrethroid insecticides are used in agriculture because of their stability in sunlight.
ORGANIC (natural) CHOICES Cedarwood oil spray, CedarCure will stifle the ability of the insects’ receptors to detect food, mates, and to reproduce. When comfort levels are destroyed, insects become over whelmed and relocate. Insect displacement interrupts the “egg laying cycle” eliminating a new generation of arthropod. All insects breathe through their bodies; therefore, the scent is absorbed directly into the body affecting the insect’s neurological or biological systems, causing paralysis, confusion, death or flight.
Garlic spray, Ticks do not like garlic - that's why you won't find any in a garlic field. They cannot tolerate garlic. The natural sulfurs in the garlic disturb them and they stay away from garlic plants.
The garlic in this natural tick repellent will get into the tick's system and will kill them (as it does in the case of young ticks) or it will make life so miserable for them that they leave the area altogether.
Botanical control, Pyrethrum ("pie-wreath-rum") is a natural insecticide made from certain species of the chrysanthemum. It is a mixture of several different compounds called pyrethrins and cinerins. Originally pyrethrum was made by grinding dried chrysanthemum flowers into a powder. Today, pyrethrum is extracted with solvents but is still widely used in household insect sprays where it is usually combined with another chemical called piperonyl butoxide (PBO).
*Blcklegged tick is the correct common name for the tick popularly know as the “Deer” tick. Ixodes scapuralis transmits the causal agents of three disease; Lime disease, human babesiosis, and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA).
Two-year Life cycle for Black legged tick (deer tick). The American dog tick, is the primary vector of the causal agent of Rocky mountain spotted fever in the eastern United States and is also a vector for the agent of tularemia. This tick does not transmit Lime disease. The American dog tick , know by some people as the wood tick.
*Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi). Blacklegged ticks and other species of ticks can carry these bacteria. The ticks pick up the bacteria when they bite mice or deer that are infected with B. burgdorferi. You can get the disease if you are bitten by an infected tick.*