Tick Tubes are An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Tick Control and Homeowners Can Protect their Properties with tips from Giroud Tree and Lawn

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Early spring is when disease-carrying ticks come out of winter dormancy and start biting. The experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn offers tips for homeowners to protect properties from these insects, including the benefits to using tick tubes.

Disease Carrying Ticks Found in Pennsylvania

Disease Carrying Ticks Found in Pennsylvania

More proven and publicly accepted mosquito and tick control methods are needed to prevent and control these diseases.

Ticks have woken up from their winter slumber and they’re ready to start feasting and multiplying! Last year, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported that illnesses and diseases from these pesky insects have tripled in the United States in the last decade! This alarming study also highlighted new tick-borne diseases, such as Alpha-Gal syndrome. Everyone should perform self-checks for ticks after being outside. But there are also some great preventative steps homeowners can take to greatly reduce the tick population on properties. Many insect control companies offer a wide variety of tick control options, including both organic and traditional sprays. However, some homeowners prefer no-spray options or want to supplement spray programs with additional control. The insect experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn explain how Tick Tubes are an Eco-friendly option for tick control!

Insects on the Rise

There are a lot of reasons why we are seeing an increase in insect-transmitted diseases and illnesses.

1.    Warming climate trends lead to longer insect seasons, giving bugs more time to multiply.
2.    People are traveling more! With increased travel, throughout the United States and abroad, comes new viruses and diseases being carried to places not normally seen before.
3.    Animals and shipping materials transported from one country to another often spread insects.
4.    The ability for the local and state health departments to respond is still catching up with the drastic increase! “The US is not fully prepared,” the CDC explains. “More proven and publicly accepted mosquito and tick control methods are needed to prevent and control these diseases.”

Homeowners can take steps now to greatly reduce the number of ticks on properties.

Tick Tubes

Many homeowners don’t like to think about mice on the property, but the reality is mice are everywhere. They’re building their nests in hidden, unnoticed places. Mice will gather soft materials to build their nests, like leaves and brush. They’ll even tear apart fibrous materials like cardboard and paper sitting outside in recycling bins and bring the bits back to their nests.

Damminix Tick Tubes are small cardboard tubes filled with cotton balls that are treated with a product called Permethrin. Mice pull the cotton balls out of the tubes and use them to build their nests. The Permethrin rubs off on the mice, and the ticks are killed when they latch on and feed off of the mice. Giroud Tree and Lawn Expert, Rodney Stahl, explains the process in Giroud's informative video.

Permethrin is safe for mice and any other animals, such as dogs and cats. In fact, this process is much like the flea medication that is applied behind the ears of dogs and cats. Plus, Damminix Tick Tubes are EPA approved and biodegradable, so they are environmentally friendly!

A Tick Control Expert should do a full assessment of the property to determine where mice are likely to search for nesting materials. Then, the expert should strategically install the tick tubes in discreet locations. In time, homeowners can expect to see a vast reduction in the amount of ticks on the property using the tick tubes.

Organic and Traditional Tick Control Sprays

If homeowners are interested in spray options, both organic and traditional spray programs are available. A tick control experts will target the “Hot Spots” around the property where ticks love to hide. Then, treat the perimeter of the yard, killing the pests on contact and the residual will continue to repel ticks for several weeks.

Perimeter Clean-Up

Giroud also recommends pruning back branches to let more sunlight down on the lawn because ticks love to hide in shady spots. Cleaning up debris and brush where ticks hide and breed will also decrease the amount of these insects on the property.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn

Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

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