News : Preventing and treating ticks the environmental way

May 6, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By: Craig Brown

They live among us. Small hoards of roaming creatures that embed themselves in a host's flesh gorging on blood, spreading disease and driving humanity into a frenzy. Sound like a cheesy b-movie? It's not. They're ticks and if you're a pet owner, a parent, an avid outdoors explorer or a property owner, then you've probably had an encounter with them. Now that the snow has cleared and we're making use of our yards and wooded areas again, it's good to have a line of defense against these potential disease carrying ectoparasites.

For some even saying "tick" gives the sensation their body is crawling with the insect. But fear not, Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Control Services wants to put minds at ease with his arsenal of natural remedies, sprays, and education to help prevent exposure to ticks this summer.

Pray uses a variety of natural methods, coupled with education, to help in the ongoing struggle against this outdoor nuisance. Pray suggests mowing the lawn first. Cut grass creates desert-like conditions for ticks who cannot survive without the moisture tall grass provides. However, cutting grass to a property's tree line creates a habitat for ticks to thrive in. Parents should move their children's play-sets away from these areas and also remove piles of lawn debris like leaves and sticks where ticks are often found. These methods help prevent exposure to ticks without the use of sprays and chemicals.

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