Emerson White wrote:
Frontline is Fipronil, it screws with the GABA receptor and Fipronil poisoning will cause seizures, but that is in case of an overdose. There was actually a product that contained higher doses of Fipronil (which I always want to spell with an nyl, had to look it up to spell it right) than frontline and had to be yanked from the market because it was causing dogs to seize. Too much glucose will cause a dog to seize eventually too, but removing all glucose from their diet will kill them (because literally everything that is not or was once alive has glucose in it in some concentration) but I digress.
The best way to control ticks is with Guinea Fowl. They eat the ticks before the ticks get a chance to bite you. Deer ticks (maybe all ticks) go through three instars (sizes of immature insect), each one progresses to the next with a blood meal. So the really ultra tiny ticks (might be too small for the guineas to effectively eat) are actually safe, because they have never bitten anything with lyme and there for are not inoculated. That leaves two potentially dangerous blood meals left. The second meal is not as dangerous as the third (because by the third they have had two chances to draw an infected victim) so as the ticks get more dangerous they also get more conspicuous and more likely to be eaten.
The problem is that they are noisy, especially if you leave them out at night to roost in a tree. noisy and stupid.
paul wheaton wrote:
Another thought is to just not have grass.
I wonder if there are things you can plant in the grass that would be happy to be mowed and would discourage ticks.
paul wheaton wrote:
Take this up in the organic forum.
Most of the brains on this site don't come down to the lawn care forum because lawns are not their thing.
But I would like to learn about solutions to reducing deer tick issues.
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