May 02, 2013 - 07:25 PM
Deer tick control can be very difficult, especially, if there is an abundant amount of deer in the area and or an abundant amount of mice. As you probably know, deer ticks can carry Lyme Disease, so I would suggest that you be extremely careful if you are working outdoors in an area where deer ticks are found and known to exist.
There is an extremely helpful article by Dr. Kirby Stafford with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station that gives some very good advice such as building a deer fence "electric deer fence recommended" around the perimeter of your home to keep deer away. Other recommendations include not planting plants that will attract deer, keeping the outside areas of the home clean and not having any areas where mice and other small animals can hide and live. Click here for the article
The application of pesticides such as Bifenthrin can be effective at killing deer ticks, but only if they are not on a deer or mouse. Spray an area around the home or in areas where you garden on a regular basis (every 3-4 weeks) to kill them and help create a barrier to repel them.
If mice are the problem then the Maxforce Tick Management System is recommended for the acreage around the home. The use of Rodent bait stations such as the EZ Klean Rodent Bait Station can be used around the home to provide protection against mice and rats.
The Insect Patch can also help provide some repellency against ticks and is easy to apply. Simply place it on your body and give it a couple of hours to activate. The Insect Patch provides up to 72 hours of protection against ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies.
Other than these recommendations, just know that you are dealing with a very important and potentially life threatening pest. Be diligent, do not take these recommendations lightly, and do not ignore the risks. I know of at least 2 people with Lyme Disease, and their lives have been changed forever.
Hope this helps.