May 30, 2015 - 08:51 AM
The scientific and most logical answer is it depends on "where" you are talking about. If you are talking about your yard or even indoors, then depending on how much you apply and where you apply it, yes it will kill ticks.
The problem is that :yme Disease is contracted through the bite of a blacklegged tick and deer tick (associated with deer mice). The Deer mouse which is a species of mouse that is predominately outdoors in wooded areas, pastures, fields, etc is impossible to control with any success. This is where the problem begins, and unless the mice (which are the most common host for this tick) are controlled, or eliminated, controlling these ticks to a point where they are not a threat is not possible.
If you are concerned about Lyme Disease, I can tell you first hand, that it is almost impossible to protect yourself 100%, because you can contract it anywhere. A close of friend of ours and their 2 year daughter were at a City Park near Dallas, Texas a couple of months ago (April 2015). They were playing Frisbee Golf in a City Park. The 2 year old somehow picked up a tick which attached itself to her neck. They found the tick and immediately took her to the Emergency room at a local hospital. She was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a short time later. The bottom line is that self protection with repellents and appropriate clothing are the only good way to protect yourself ALL of the time. If you are at home and you are regularly treating for ticks, then the chance of contracting it is greatly reduced. But if you wander out camping, hiking, or doing anything in a wooded area, your chance greatly increases almost anywhere in the US. Some areas more than others. Here is a good map that shows the reported cases - http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/
If you live in the woods or on large acreage, then the only thing you can do is to treat an area around your house that is equal to an average size or larger lawn, wear repellents and appropriate clothing at all times and keep your fingers crossed.
Hope this helps.