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All Natural Tick Control

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Tickborne Diseases in CT

There are a number of serious tickborne illnesses that threaten CT.  Lyme disease which is spread by deer ticks is by far the most common of the serious tick borne illness in CT and it should not be underestimated but it is not the only one.  Cases of rocky mountain spotted fever are beginning to show up in CT and surrounding states, this disease is becoming a serious threat for those exposed to ticks in CT.  Unlike lyme disease, Rocky mountain spotted fever is spread by dogs ticks, therefore both dog ticks and deer ticks should be treated for.  The remainder of this article focuses on deer ticks primarily because lyme disease is currently much more common than rocky mountain spotted fever, but you can find additional information about rocky mountain spotted fever at the CT Department of Public Health Website.

 

Lyme Disease and Deer Ticks in CT

Deer TickAccording to a CDC report between 2004 and 2013 Connecticut was in the top 5 for total number of lyme disease cases Nationally.  The reason Lyme disease is so common in CT is because the conditions are just right for deer ticks to thrive and lyme disease to spread. One primary reason is because the white tail deer populations are so large and mingle closely with humans.

 

How Does Lyme Disease Spread

Deer Tick Life Cycle
Deer Tick Life Cycle

Deer ticks love to feed on and transport via white tail deer and the white footed mouse as well as other hosts.  Lyme disease does not spread directly from tick to tick, it must past through a hosts first.  The host, typically deer or mice obtain lyme disease from infected ticks , then the host passes it on to all ticks that bite it from then on, these ticks drop off and spread the disease to their next host, which may be a human.

 

All Natural Tick Control

There is more than one option for natural and organic tick control, our most popular natural product is an organically derived cedar oil spray. This spray is considered to be a very safe option for humans and pets and one of the most effective natural options.  Official data on its efficacy is currently lacking, but anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. It seems that the oil incapacitates and eventually kills ticks as well as repelling them from the spray area for up to a month. GreenWorks of CT stays current on innovative new products that appear on the market. At GreenWorks we make sure to spray all wooded edges as well as any other areas where ticks like to hide and thrive such as Japanese Barberry thickets. If all-natural options are not required we also offer synthetic products which typically cost less.