LATE SEASON TICK SPRAY
If you have a property that had ticks this past year, we are reminding you that a late season tick spray (October/December) is strongly recommended bywww.tickencounter.org , perhaps the best tick information site on the internet. An adult female Tick will lay from 1500-3000 eggs in the Spring, last year's Nymphs emerged as Adults in late October, so eliminating them this Fall is a very good defense. Deer Ticks remain active in the winter, the cold does not kill them, so you might be surprised when you take a walk this Spring and you end up bringing ticks home with you.
Over the course of the Winter, birds, mice, raccoons, plus various other small mammals and in some areas deer will bring a number of ticks back onto your property, so an late season tick spray in the Fall is very much a prudent decision to make..
Our Cedrol based treatment is highly effective at interrupting a tick's life cycle, which means your property will have few if any Ticks after our treatments. Our regular season mosquito treatments also kill ticks, but the early and late season treatments concentrate on the leaf dander where ticks like to reside. The majority of Lyme Disease transmission takes place from May to July, another reason to kill them in the Fall and Spring... For more complete information, please go to www.tickencounter.org , where you can see what the Tick Threat level is throughout the year.
As a final note, this past Spring and Summer were extremely bad in terms of the number of ticks on the North Shore, and it was the first year the Lone Star Tick showed up in record numbers in Western Suffolk and Eastern Nassau. Dog Ticks also were much more numerous this year, and they can live inside your house If you live in the 'civilized woods' between the Brookvilles and Northport, remain vigilant no matter what season it is.
A short apology to our mosquito customers: This past Summer was the worst I have seen in terms of frequency of rain. We had two weeks where it went longer than 7 days without rain, but for the majority of the Summer, it rained every 4-5 days, which impacts how long our treatments last, as moderate to heavy rain will wash the spray off the foliage, which in turn does not continue to kill and repel mosquitoes. I do not like wasting my customer's money, and when the forecast called for substantial rain, I did not spray the day before, or the day it rained. However, that may have been a mistake, as when we spray, we are still killing 90+% of the mosquitoes on a property the day we do it, so this summer we are going to do two things: We will spray as scheduled if it is not raining, and we are going to make our own personal Natural Tick and Mosquito Spray, which we will give out to our customers. It was thoroughly tested in a number of Boy Scout Camps in Upstate NY and at private functions here on the Island, so that if it does rain, our customers can use our personal spray whenever needed. It is safe for children, pets and adults, it is comprised from our essential oils, and it works! Hopefully, we have a more normal weather pattern this Summer, but we are prepared if we don't.
Welcome to Long Island Tick & Mosquito Control. We offer our Organic and Natural tick and mosquito control plan to Long Island residents looking for a safe, effective way to control ticks and mosquitoes. If you are tired of being eaten alive after the sun sets by mosquitoes, or are now getting attacked during the day by Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, and are worried about the diseases both mosquitoes and ticks can cause, but are justifiably concerned about synthetic pesticides being sprayed on your property, then you should be interested in our comprehensive Natural Treatment Program.
It’s time to take back your property, and enjoy it as you had imagined when you first came to the Island. While we can’t guarantee that you still shouldn’t continue to monitor yourself, your children and your pets for Ticks, or that an odd Mosquito might show up, we can guarantee that a Treated Property will be as different as night and day than an untreated one. If this is of interest, please continue to read on, it will give you a better idea of what we do and how we do it. After that, it’s up to you.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Unlike most of the mosquito and tick control companies on LI that use Bifenthrin, a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 'Restricted Use Pesticide', or other Registered Synthetic Pesticides, (they are 'registered' for several reasons, none of which are necessarily 'safe' for your family and pets.) we use products that qualify as "minimum-risk" under FIFRA 25(b) (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) and are therefore exempt from Federal EPA registration. However, they are highly effective against a broad spectrum of insect pests and their application costs are comparable to conventional pesticides. All of our Exempt products are Organic or Natural, and can be used for most any pest in most any situation and work very well. Unlike the earlier organic and natural treatments, which simply repelled insects for a short period of time, our products offer the following benefits:
Safe for your children and pets
Residual protection (18-21 Days)
Low aquatic toxicity
Labeled for use on Boat Docks
Can be used safely around Koi Ponds
Great for mosquito and tick control programs
TARGET USES: Our products can be used as a substitute for many synthetic insecticides in sensitive situations when a natural, organic, or extremely gentle product is desired. Most can be used outdoors, for fogging, turf or ornamental applications, and in mosquito misting applications. We add a fragrance modifier to our products to dampen the odor of the botanical ingredients. We also add an adjuvant, that enhances the wetting and sticking properties of our products to provide increased residual protection. Because our products are FIFRA 25(b) minimum risk pesticides, they do not require a re-entry period after applications. This means our products can be used in areas with a lot of human activity, such as schools, day care facilities, and the exterior of commercial establishments. It also means your children don't have to stay indoors on the days we spray. Because of the mode of action on target pests, some of our products can also can be used near or around water without concern of effects on aquatic life. This is especially useful for mosquito applications near water and treatments around boat docks, marinas and Koi Ponds.
TREATMENT METHOD FOR TICKS AND MOSQUITOES:
First, we walk the entire property to look for 'trouble' areas that may need additional treatment. This includes looking for any standing water, low spots that may stay wet after watering, and any other containers that might retain water. Then we spray the entire perimeter of the property including stone walls, brush, trouble spots, trees and shrubbery with Stihl backpack sprayers, which disperse our products in 25 micron sized droplets, capable of reaching 30 feet vertically and 40 feet horizontally. The spray can penetrate and coat very dense foliage. We include areas past the natural boundaries of the space used by your family, and also six feet inside the natural boundaries to create a tick free perimeter. We include all foliage on the perimeter, around the house and in the yard to create a barrier against mosquitoes and ticks. Ticks generally don’t come onto mowed grass areas, and both ticks and mosquitoes don’t like sunlight, they spend their days hiding in foliage shaded areas. This last statement is not fully correct anymore, Asian Tiger mosquitoes will bite during the day. Female mosquitoes, in addition to having a need for blood meals to breed, also take nourishment from plants. One part of our Plan is to create a barrier, keeping ticks and mosquitoes away from your property so you can enjoy it day or night.
One other benefit of our organic treatment unlike synthetic pesticides is that it can be used around ponds and wet areas that are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, it is not harmful to aquatic life. It uses Octopamine Blocker Technology that provides fast knockdown and kill across a broad spectrum of flying and crawling insects. The essential oils that comprise the active ingredients in our products work by disrupting the neurotransmitter function in target insects. In invertebrates, with their simpler nervous systems, a multi-functional chemical known as octopamine handles many of these functions. By targeting octopamine receptors, these essential oils provide insecticidal activity with a much wider margin of safety than other products. Because vertebrates like birds, fish, dogs and people don’t have octopamine receptors; they are not affected by this unique mode of action
TREATMENT FREQUENCY: Treatments should begin in April after the ground thaws, as both the female ticks and mosquitoes begin laying eggs at that time. A female adult tick will lay up to 3000 eggs in the Spring, a female mosquito will also start her reproduction campaign. It is very important to start interrupting their life cycle as early as possible, as it’s only logical that if you reduce that first reproduction cycle there will be far fewer left to reproduce later in the season. We recommend that a treatment be applied every 18-21 days until October, as mosquitoes especially continue to breed throughout the summer, while deer and other small mammals are continually transporting ticks from one area to another during that same time. They have no concern for property lines.
When a property is being treated, we try to be as quick and efficient as we can, so as to not interfere with your day. Basically, a half hour after we have finished, the property is ready for use. We will also call or email you 3 days before we come, so you can plan ahead. The only situation where that would change is if it rains, the treatment needs to dry to maintain residual protection.
A Monthly Treatment Program, every 18-21 days. This will keep ticks and mosquitoes under control for the entire Summer, which is what we recommend. It completely disrupts the normal life cycle of both pests, and in addition, will eliminate a number of other insect pests too. Plus, if you sign up for the Monthly Program, we Guarantee the results, we will come back and re-treat your property if needed in between scheduled treatments at no charge. One important note is that if you sign up for the season, we have no problem coming back if needed at no charge. However, last season I had a number of customers who cancelled a treatment when they left on vacation, which created some problems that are entirely avoidable. By starting early and spraying on a schedule, we control the mosquitoes. No one can completely eliminate mosquitoes on a property, if anyone makes that claim, run the other way, they are either fibbing or using DDT. Mosquitoes lay 200-300 eggs at a time, and they hatch in 7 to 14 days. If you cancel a treatment, the mosquitoes can produce multiple generations unchecked during the 30 day hiatus in treatments. We kill 90-95% of the mosquitoes every time we spray, and by starting early when there aren't that many, there are never too many mosquitoes around. If we skip a treatment, suddenly there is a huge number of mosquitoes. We will still kill 90-95% of them, but because the number is so high, there will still be more left which in turn will upset you. It takes two sprays to get them back under control. The point is that if you cancel a treatment, then if an extra spray is needed, that extra spray is not covered by the guarantee.
One or Two Treatments, at the beginning and end of the season. This will disrupt the initial breeding cycle of both pests, although they will gradually appear in greater numbers as the season progresses. The later season applications kills off adults before they can hibernate, leaving fewer to re-emerge in the Spring.
Event Spraying: Having a wedding, or other large gathering?Let us know in advance, and we will schedule a treatment a few days before the event, so your guests can enjoy the event without having to swat mosquitoes.
TARGET PESTS: aphids, ants, bedbugs, beetles (cadelles cigarette, darkling, dried fruit, drugstore, confused flour, red flour, saw-toothed grain, ground, spider), centipedes, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, firebrats, fleas, flies, fruit flies, gnats, mealworms (dark, yellow) mites (grain, fowl), millipedes, mole crickets, mosquitoes, moths, no-see-ums, pillbugs, silverfish, sowbugs, spiders, termites, ticks, wasps.
ESTIMATES and GUARANTEE: In regards to estimates, we’d like to stress that for our program to work effectively, we have to establish a barrier around the area of your property that you want to use. If we don’t do that, the program won’t work, you will be unhappy, you will tell your friends you are unhappy, and that our program doesn’t work. We’d rather not do the job than to have that happen, we like happy customers. Also, if you have a pond or wet area on your property, we will supply you with dunks that kill mosquito larvae, but don't harm aquatic life or mammals, and spray the perimeter around the wet area to eliminate the adults with products approved for use around the water. Chances are, that wet area or pond is the source of many of your mosquitoes. One final note, if you sign up for our monthly Treatment Program, WE GUARANTEE IT, if at any time between Treatments you notice an increase in the number of mosquitoes, we will re-treat your property for free.
To contact us, simply give us a call, and we can schedule a time to give you an estimate for your property. Any doubts, please read our Testimonial Page, and we can provide you with more References upon request.
http://www.tickencounter.org/current_tick_activity - The University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center - Everything you wanted or perhaps didn’t want to know about Ticks.
http://www.health.ri.gov/disease/carriers/mosquitoes/ - The State of Rhode Island Mosquito Site. It contains much useful information about mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.
http://www.grantcedarmill.com/grantcedarmillwebsitea_003.htm A source of cedar chips and cedar mulch in bulk, ticks hate cedrol, which comes from cedar. Perfect for use to scatter in wooded sections of your property that have a heavy leaf bed, as over time, the cedrol will leatch down into the leaf bed when it rains, killing ticks, their larvae and eggs.