Lyme Disease has been getting a lot attention these days and for good reason. The incidence and geographic distribution of the disease continues to grow at an alarming rate. The disease is transmitted by the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), often called the “deer tick.” Ticks become infected when they obtain blood meals from infected white-footed mice or white-tailed deer.
Up until now, choices for tick control for your yard have been limited to chemical insecticides. Introducing Essentria™ Tick Treatment for your yard. It’s an all-natural and scientifically proven product that has been shown to be as effective as chemical insecticides.
Controlling ticks is often a community-wide effort that involves wildlife management, rodent control, and insecticide treatments. Homeowners can make a difference by making smart landscape decisions around the home, teaching their children about ticks, and treating pets with products like Frontline™ or Advantix™.
The active ingredient in Essentria™ is a proprietary combination of plant essential oils. Essential oils are present primarily in aromatic plants – those often used as herbs or for their scent. In these plants, essential oils serve many functions, including helping to regulate evaporation, attract specific insects for pollination, and, most importantly, defending the plant against insects and microorganisms.
The essential oils that comprise the active ingredients in Essentria work by disrupting neurotransmitter function in ticks. Neurotransmitters conduct nerve impulses between neurons (nerve cells) and other body parts, such as muscles. The neurotransmitter binds to a receptor site on the affected cell, and then is broken down and deactivated by enzymes. In invertebrates such as ticks, with their simpler nervous systems, a multi-functional chemical known as octopamine handles many of these functions. By targeting octopamine receptors, essential oils provide insecticidal activity with a much wider margin of safety than other products. Because vertebrates like birds, fish, dogs and people don’t have octopamine receptors, they are not affected by the Essentria mode of action. And, by combining multiple essential oil compounds that have varied profiles, Essentria provides highly effective control. The result is all-natural tick control with no compromises.
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Background There are about 80 species of ticks in the U.S. and 865 species worldwide. Ticks have become an increasing problem in the United States due to their ability to transmit new disease pathogens and their spread to new geographic locations. The two most well-established families of ticks are hard ticks (Ixodidae) and soft ticks (Argasidae). This protocol focuses on hard ticks since they are the most commonly encountered family of ticks.
Make sure to take precautions from getting bitten when working in tick infested areas. – Wear light-colored long-sleeve shirts and long pants tucked into socks. – Apply a DEET repellent or a permethrin spray to your clothes.
Common Hot Spots- Inspect all areas around the home, including tick hot spots. – The lawn perimeter (where lawn meets woods) – Tall grasses or bushes – Pet kennels or places that animals or pets frequent – Leaf litter and pine litter Control Strategies • Source reduction