The Shades of Green Tick Control Program is a comprehensive method that we have developed in order to help protect your home and family from the dangers of ticks. We offer a variety of ways to keep your home and yard free of ticks, including a 100% organic option that is now available.

It’s Spring time again and we are sure that you are well aware about the dangers of ticks. Since ticks are such a nuisance here in the great woodsy state of Pennsylvania we decided that it only made sense for the #1 Tree Care and Commercial Landscaping company in Bucks County to expand our Insect & Disease Control services and offer our perfect Tick Control and Management solution to this problem that plagues everybody. Ticks are dangerous to humans and animals because they are carriers of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases. While ticks do have some natural predators such as some ants (there is only one ant species that has been found to be an effective predator of ticks – the red fire ants Solenopsis invicta), spiders, opossums, and birds – most of them will occasionally feed on ticks. Since they are not a staple in the diets of these creatures, they are pretty ineffective at reducing tick populations. With that said, it has been found that Virginia opossums on average can eat over 5,000 larval ticks per week, however unless you have an army of opossums at your disposal, you wont be eliminating that many ticks on your own. That is where we come in!

Our Tick Control Program specializes in Tick Removal, Tick Surveillance and identification as well as Tick Prevention Education. With our help and by implementing these tick control measures it will clear your yard of ticks year round!

The Shades of Green Tick Control Program helps eliminate the ticks in your yard or property by:

  • Eliminating or maintaining overgrown areas which are prime tick habitat.

  • Targeted insecticide treatments to control ticks so you, your family, and pets can enjoy your yard.

  • Deer & Mouse repellent. Yes, it may sound strange, but deer and mice are primary carriers of ticks, so it only makes sense to keep them away.

 

Even though we are trying to deter animals away from your property, we care about and love animals here at Shades of Green. That is why we make sure to only provide and implement safe repellents in our order to deter deer from coming onto your property.  We also implement the use of Damminix tick tubes. These incredible little tubes were developed and created by a leading Lyme disease research laboratory at the Harvard School of Public Health to help control ticks that are feeding on mice. Manufactured in the United States, Damminix Tick Tubes are biodegradable cardboard tubes that are filled with an insecticide laced cotton. The insecticide used is a mild active ingredient, permethrin. Typically it is used to treat head lice and scabies, however, permethrin has been found to be an effective solution for the application of  killing ticks on mice through exposure to the permethrin laced cotton. This works because field mice are attracted to the cotton so it can be used for nest building material. This process exposes the ticks on the mice to the permethrin, it then kills the ticks all without harming the mice or other mammals that may be near by enjoying your property.

Tick Surveillance and Identification

The Different Types of Ticks

 

Blacklegged Tick Control and Management Program

The Blacklegged (Ixodes scapularis) tic.

The lifecycle of the blacklegged tick will generally last around two years. Throughout these two years the blacklegged tick will go through four different life stages. Starting in the late spring, stage one begins with eggs, from there they move onto the larva stage. After hatching the ticks require a blood meal at each stage in order to survive. After their first year the ticks will reach the nymph stage until the fourth and final stage adulthood. These blacklegged ticks can feed on birds, reptiles, mammals, and even amphibians! At each stage of their lifecycle the blacklegged ticks require a new host.

Western blacklegged Tick Control and Management Program

The Western blacklegged (Ixodes pacificus) tick.

These blacklegged ticks will live a little longer compared to the blacklegged tick found on the Eastern to mid-west part of the United States.  The life cycle of the western blacklegged tick will generally last around three years. Similar to their eastern counterpart over the course of these three years the blacklegged tick will go through four different life stages. Starting in early to mid Spring during, stage one begins with the eggs hatching. In order to survive the ticks must have a blood meal at every stage of their life cycle. They will also need to find a new host at each stage too. The western blacklegged tick doesn’t mature as their cousin from the East, each stage takes about a year to complete. After their first year the ticks will reach the larva stage until year two, which is when they will mature into the nymph stage. On the third year, that is when they finally reach adulthood. These western blacklegged ticks can feed on birds, reptiles, mammals, and even amphibians!

Non-Ixodes Metastriate Tick Control and Management ProgramNon-Ixodes (metastriate) ticks

Metastriate ticks are a concern due to their ability to transmit pathogens to humans. Amblyomma (A. americanum and A. maculatum), Dermacentor (D. andersoni, D. occidentalis, and D. variabilis), and Rhipicephalus sanguineus are a few of the more prominent ticks that will bite humans and transmit pathogens. Since 2016 we have been seeing an invasive metastriate tick called the Haemaphysalis longicornis, otherwise known as the Asian longhorned tick. It was identified in the United States and is reported to harbor or transmit different human as well as animal pathogens. The Asian longhorned tick however has yet to be identified in carrying any human pathogens in the United States. Similar to both blacklegged ticks, the metastriate ticks have the same life cycles, they hatch from eggs, enter the larval phase, molt into nymphs, and then eventually the ticks will molt into adults. These metastriate ticks however have a different feeding patten throughout the course of their life, they will typically introduce a one, two, or three-host feeding strategy. At every stage in their life each tick will have a range of animals on which they feed from and choose as a host. Knowing the preferences in the different types of hosts will help you in detecting different species of ticks or when they are in different stages of their life cycle.

Contact us 215-428-1323 to determine the presence and severity of ticks in your yard or on your property and to discuss the treatment options that are available to you. 

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“We are so happy with your quick response to our needs. More than that, we appreciate your skillful, thorough & professional work. You work efficiently, but you also take the extra time and care to clean up branches, leaves & sawdust. It’s a pleasure to watch you work, and it’s this kind of work/business model that customers appreciate and gives you a serious business advantage!”

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