Deer Ticks have a two-year life cycle, during which time it passes through three stages: larva, nymph, and adult. The tick must take a blood meal at each stage before maturing to the next. Ticks are active year round; they live under the leaf litter under the snow and feed on mice and other small animals. It is usually the nymphs that people find in the spring time. In the Fall Deer tick females latch onto a host and drink its blood for four to five days. After it is engorged, the tick drops off and overwinters in the leaf litter of the forest floor. The following spring, the female lays several hundred to a few thousand eggs in clusters.
The Ransford Difference
Tick control is a multipoint process at Ransford. To treat the larvae and the nymphs in the Spring Ransford will use a granular product applied over the leaf litter and around your home. Once wet the granules will soak into the leaf litter killing any ticks (and ants) in comes in contact with. At the same time Ransford will install Damminix Tick Tubes (Camouflaged tubes containing Permethrin soaked cotton balls). Small Rodents will use the cotton for nesting and will rub against it killing the ticks that are attached to them. For long term control Ransford recommends exterior rodent bait stations to reduce the food source the ticks need to survive. Fall is when the adult ticks climb to find a “large host” like a Deer. Late September to October is when Ransford will use a liquid to treat the perimeter foliage for adult ticks.
Ransford has both Green Products and Regular insecticides for use on Ticks and would be happy to discuss both products.