Fleas and ticks can be a year-round problem in Carolina, especially with the mild winters we’ve experienced lately. They can be a real nuisance on our dogs and cats, along with being a health issue. And especially with ticks in the landscape, diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease can be threats. Therefore, it’s a good idea to control these small but irritating critters with both cultural and sometimes chemical practices.
LawnAmerica provides a good Flea & Tick Control Program as an add on service for homeowners, especially with pets. We always stress though to not just treat the lawn, but also the pets, and even indoors if needed. Our service is good, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll never see a flea or tick on your pet. And you should check with your veterinarian as to which products are good for pets.
We use a granular product that contains Permethrin, which is a very common and safe product. This product affects the nervous system of the insect, causing repetitive nerve firings. They are effective yet easily broken down, so this makes their toxicity fairly low. Permethrin controls fleas, ticks, ants, and many other common surface insects. After the granular product is activated with rainfall or irrigation, it provides about 3-4 weeks of residual control of insects. Permethrin is so safe that it is even applied directly to animals, such as my cattle in my pasture at the farm. Even certain clothing now has Permethrin imbedded into it for insect control in outdoor situations. For a label, which details probably more information about it than you really want to know, visit HERE.
For best results, we apply the Permethrin with summer lawn applications, about every 4-6 weeks. So with 3-4 treatments during the peak of the insect season, this really helps lessen the population of insect pests such as fleas and ticks in the Charlotte and Asheville areas. Our new Buzz Off Mosquito Control Program also uses a form of Permethrin, along with another insecticide, so this service also helps cut back on flea & tick pressure in the landscape.
For more complete information on controlling fleas and ticks, visit this fact sheet: http://www.tulsamastergardeners.org/lawngarden/insects/fleas_ticks.shtml
And for more information on our LawnAmerica Flea & Tick Control Program in the Carolinas, visit HERE.