No one likes the idea of finding a tick on themselves, their child or pet, but is there anything that Manalapan, NJ homeowners can do to prevent ticks from being in their yards? Absolutely! Cooper Pest Solutions offers a Tick Prevention Service that will help put your mind at ease once again.
What Types of Ticks are Native in Manalapan, NJ?
Since Manalapan is part of Monmouth County, there are many wooded areas where ticks can thrive, but what types of ticks are common for Manalapan?
There are several different types of ticks, which are disease-carrying parasites, and many are found throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The four most common types are:
- Deer Ticks
- American Dog Ticks
- Brown Dog Ticks
- Lone Star Ticks
Since ticks can transmit the greatest number of diseases to their hosts as opposed to other urban pests like mosquitoes, tick prevention may be an important service for concerned homeowners in Manalapan, NJ.
Diseases Carried by Ticks in Manalapan, NJ
The American Dog Tick, which is the most frequently encountered tick, are likely to be found on pets and humans. These ticks are very active and will travel from their questing locations into manicured areas. The American Dog tick will readily use humans as a host and are capable of transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Deer Ticks are primarily responsible for the transmission of Lyme’s disease. They don’t typically travel far from their questing areas like American Dog ticks but are usually encountered during recreational activities in wooded areas or meadows.
Lone Star Ticks are very aggressive and will actively travel from their questing locations into manicured areas. Lone Star Ticks are commonly found on a wide variety of animals, including humans. These ticks are capable of transmitting Lyme disease; Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia.
While Brown Dog ticks are one of the common tick types, they are very specific to dogs and are rarely found on humans. Even though they don’t carry Lyme’s disease, Brown Dog ticks are the only type of tick that can infest a home.
What Can I Do to Reduce the Number of Ticks in my Yard?
There are a few places in your backyard that you can find ticks, but ticks are predominately found in their natural environments rather than a well-manicured lawn.
“Any home along a natural wooded environment or field is very vulnerable to ticks,” Cooper Pest Solutions staff Entomologist Dr. Richard Cooper said. “Lawns that are not maintained, where the grass is above 4 inches, tends to promote tick activity as well.”
According to Dr. Cooper, if your home borders a wooded environment or field, your property can be more prone to tick activity. There are ways to reduce those tick encounters though if you take the necessary steps in property maintenance.
Ways to Reduce Tick Encounters in Your Yard
- Keep grass and weeds well-trimmed (preferably less than 2”)
- Keep children play equipment at least 10-15 feet away from the wood line
- Keep a manicured “buffer zone” of 6-10 feet between the natural environment and the fence of your property. This will keep the natural tick environment further away from your active yard area.
- Keep edges around sheds and other property structures maintained
Professional Tick Reduction and Prevention
Ticks pose many health risks with the diseases they can transmit and for many homeowners, this is a major concern for their family and pets.
“Anyone who is concerned about the disease potential and wants to minimize the number of ticks they or their children encounter that could potentially transmit disease should consider enrolling in Cooper’s Tick Prevention program,” Dr. Cooper said. “You won’t eliminate the possibility of diseases being transmitted, but it greatly reduces the number of ticks and tick encounters, which in turn reduces the likelihood of disease transmission.”
At Cooper Pest Solutions, we believe to have an effective tick prevention treatment; you need to thoroughly understand the biology and behavior of ticks. We developed a program using scientifically proven methods, specifically targeted to address the areas where ticks are likely to be.
“We are very targeted in the way we treat,” Dr. Cooper said. “A lot of companies do entire lawn treatments where they use both liquid and granule treatments, however, research has shown that the spray applications targeting just the tick-prone areas are just as effective as granule applications for all stages of life, without treating the entire yard.”
Dr. Cooper went on to add, “We’re not doubling up on the chemicals being used and we’re only treating the areas where the ticks are likely to be. We only use what’s needed where it’s needed in order to get effective results.”
Where does Cooper Pest Solutions Treat for Ticks?
What makes Cooper’s Tick Prevention program so successful compared to our competitors is in the way we target our treatments. When you enroll in Cooper Pest Solutions’ Tick Prevention service, our trained technician will come to your home and use our highly-effective spray application to target tick-prone areas within your property. We will focus our application along the borders of manicured environments, wood lines, edges of the lawn to the wood line or meadow and meadows or areas where the grass is over five inches high. Also, areas within 10 feet of dense woods or high grass with dense vegetation or wood piles would be included in the service.
In addition to the primary tick locations that will be treated, Cooper will also target secondary tick-prone locations on your property such as landscaped areas that have dense vegetation like ivy, vegetation where small animals are often present or nesting, fence lines where the grass is intertwined, and around structures or play areas where grass is not maintained.
It is recommended that you start your tick prevention with Cooper Pest Solutions in early April, however, as long as it is started before the fall, it will be effective. The service includes a total of four treatments, where the first two services are during the first two months with the following two every other month.
Why Should I Call Cooper to Prevent Ticks in My Manalapan, NJ Yard?
At Cooper, we believe it is unnecessary to treat the entire lawn since ticks don’t live in manicured lawns! Our methodology limits tick entry into your yard by providing targeted applications in areas where ticks live and breed. We also understand the necessity to treat the un-manicured areas around your home such as mulch, ground-cover, leaf litter and any other overgrown area that may be prone to ticks.
We will also treat the perimeter of your yard and 5 feet into the turf, which will prevent ticks from migrating into your yard. Not only is our treatment more effective than our competition, but it is also more environmentally conscious since we use less pesticide.