We are all familiar with the Blacklegged Tick (Deer Ticks) and the Lyme disease that they carry. We have seen an increase in populations over the past several years and it doesn’t seem to slow down. Now there is a new tick emerging in our neck of the woods.
Lone Star Tick
In 2017 we saw a new tick in the area that is becoming more popular in these parts. It’s called the Lone Star Tick. You would think by its name that it derives from Texas, but that is not the case. The reason it’s called the Lone Star Tick is because of its very distinctive markings on the females’ back. This tick is the most common biting tick to humans in the Southeastern part of the United States but is now moving north. While the Lone Star tick will not transmit Lyme disease, it can transmit other serious diseases such as ehrlichiosis, spotted fever, and tularemia. This tick can also transmit an allergy to eating red meat.
Understanding the habitat of all ticks is critical in providing protection. About 67% of ticks found are in wooded areas, 22% of ticks found are right at the ecotone of where the wooded areas and lawn meets, 9% are found in ornamental vegetation, including gardens and shrub beds and only 2% of ticks are found in lawns. That number decreases when lawns are maintained well. 82% of that 2% are found within 3 yards of the lawn perimeter. Ticks usually quest within 1 foot of the ground.
Proper landscape management is an important part of tick reduction.
- Remove leaves, weeds and brush piles.
- Clear areas around stone walls and wood piles.
- Open up areas where homeowners spend most of their time. For example: If you have a fire pit or swing set, be sure that the area around is clear of any brush and mulch under swing sets and play areas.
There are many options when it comes to providing control. Here are a few tips on where to apply. There are all natural methods as well as traditional use pesticides. StayGreen offers an ALL Natural control and repellant.
- Determine if you are using liquid or granular. Follow label instructions.
- Apply heavily to wooded areas and ecotone areas.
- Apply to areas of groundcover and beds of ornamental vegetation.
- Apply heavily around stone walls, wood piles, and brush piles.
- Apply to lawn within 3 yards of edge.
- Open, sunny lawns do not require treatment.
Please feel free to contact StayGreen lawn services with any concerns or questions!