December 4, 2017

The Best Way to Control Ticks: Organically vs Chemically

control ticksTicks are a small, common arachnid that are found throughout the United States. They can range from annoying to disease carriers, and there are several ways to combat them – some safer than others.
When trying to control ticks, there are typically two primary methods employed both professionally and by amateurs: organic and chemical. There are pros and cons to either method, but you should know what you are getting in to before you employ one or the other.
Chemicals
Pros. For years now, the most common method of dealing with ticks has been through the use of chemicals. These chemicals can be applied by landscape professionals of Westchester County, or by anyone with access to a hardware store.
The results are frequently fast acting, and the costs are relatively low. The effects can last for months, although it is recommended that the chemicals be reapplied every three months in areas where ticks thrive.
Cons. There are many types of chemicals used to fight ticks, but most have been proven to be ineffective against disease carriers. That has led to the development of more and more powerful chemicals, many of which have side effects. Historically, one of the most commonly used chemicals employed to fight ticks was DDT, a chemical with an infamous history that is frequently connected with cancer.
Many of the most common tick chemicals contain the ingredients phenothrin and methoprene, which when combined have proven to be lethal to humans and animals. Small pets are especially susceptible to these chemicals and can be poisoned as a result of chemical spraying. This method may also kill other insects that are beneficial to the ecosystem.
Organics
Pros. Many organic methods for combating ticks have shown to last for months, if not years. They tend to operate by destroying tick eggs, which wipes out a generation of the pest. There are more and more organic methods being developed, and you can find sprays, making this as convenient as the chemical options.
Organic sprays are also much healthier for you and other animals, like your pets. It may also be healthier for vegetation, including grass.
Cons. Organics are a gentler option, which means they may be slightly less effective. Chemical methods are also more common, which means alternatives – like organics – may be more expensive. Organics tend to take longer as well.
Conclusion
Ticks can be a significant problem in Westchester County. They can attack you and your pets, and carry diseases like Lyme disease, Q fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. A few, rare types of ticks also carry venom and can cause paralysis.
There are different ways to control ticks though, and it comes down to a personal choice. Compare the methods, and choose the one that is best for you. Contact the landscape professionals at Friendly Lawn Care of Westchester County if you have any questions.