Understanding the tick problem in Ontario.
Ticks are a growing concern in Ontario, with an increasing number of cases of tick-borne illnesses being reported each year. The most common tick species in Ontario is the blacklegged tick, which can transmit Lyme disease. Other tick-borne illnesses that have been reported in Ontario include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus. It’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your property from ticks to reduce the risk of tick-borne illnesses.
Types of tick sprays available in Ontario.
There are several types of tick sprays available in Ontario, including natural and chemical options. Natural tick sprays typically contain essential oils such as cedar, peppermint, or rosemary, which are known to repel ticks. Mosquito Barrier, which is a garlic-based solution has also been approved by Health Canada to help with tick control. Chemical tick sprays, on the other hand, contain synthetic insecticides such as permethrin or pyrethroids, which kill ticks on contact. Only licensed exterminators can purchase & safely apply chemical sprays, so be sure to contact a pest-control company near you if ticks are a big concern. The licensed exterminators and technicians with Mosquito Mom pride themselves on using the most eco-friendly synthetic pesticide to ensure it’s used only where necessary and in the safest way possible for your family, pets, and environment.
How to choose the right tick spray for your property.
When choosing a tick spray for your property, it’s important to consider factors such as effectiveness, safety, and ease of use. Natural tick sprays may be a good option for those who prefer to avoid synthetic chemicals, but they may not be as effective as chemical sprays. Chemical sprays, on the other hand, may be more effective but can pose a risk to humans and pets if not used properly. It’s also important to consider the size of your property and the frequency of tick activity in your area when choosing a tick spray. Consulting with a pest control professional can help you make an informed decision.
Tips for using tick sprays effectively.
When using tick sprays, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully to ensure their effectiveness and safety. Here are some tips for using tick sprays effectively:
- Choose a spray that is specifically designed for ticks.
- Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and pants, gloves, and a mask, when applying the spray.
- Apply the spray to areas where ticks are likely to be found, such as tall grass, bushes, and wooded areas.
- Reapply the spray as directed on the label, usually every few weeks or after rain.
- Keep children and pets away from treated areas until the spray has dried.
- Check yourself and your pets for ticks regularly, even if you have used a tick spray.
Other ways to prevent tick infestations on your property.
While tick sprays can be effective, there are other ways to prevent tick infestations on your property. One option is to create a tick-safe zone by keeping your lawn mowed, removing leaf litter and brush, and creating a barrier between wooded areas and your yard with something like river rock or pea gravel. We help our customers create a 3-5 meter perimeter (barrier) around their property with our eco-friendly treatment and tick tubes when necessary. Tick tubes contain treated cotton that mice use to build their nests. When the mice take the cotton, they also take the tick-killing treatment, reducing the number of ticks in your yard. Additionally, you can use tick-repellent clothing and check yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.