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Tick ​​treatment: pros and cons

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Before the start of the summer season, important questions arise about tick safety. Acaricidal treatment is becoming an urgent measure to prevent tick bites, transmission of dangerous infections and ensure a comfortable stay on the site. Let's consider the main aspects of this procedure:

1. Processing:

  • Time: It is recommended to carry out acaricidal treatment before the start of the warm season, when ticks are active. This often occurs in the spring.
  • Necessity: If your property is located in a forested or coastal area where ticks are most active, treatment is an important step to prevent bites.

2. Security:

  • For a person: Most acaricides are safe for humans, but it is important to follow the instructions for use. Avoid wind handling and wear protective clothing if necessary.
  • For animals: Before using acaricides on your property, check which ones are safe for your pets. It may be necessary to temporarily isolate them from the treated area.

3. Pros and cons:

  • Pros: Protection against tick bites, reducing the risk of diseases carried by them (for example, tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme borreliosis).
  • Cons: Possible effects on some plant species and soil microorganisms. The need for re-treatment during the season.

4. Allergies and precautions:

  • Allergy: Before treatment, make sure that you, family members and your pets are not allergic to the drugs used.
  • Precautions: Follow the instructions for use, avoid contact with skin and eyes. After treatment, avoid staying in the area for the required time.

It is always a good idea to consult with a professional or follow the instructions for use of specific acaricides to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the application.

What is acaricidal treatment?

Everyone is well aware of the dangers of ticks. They emerge from hibernation at temperatures above 5 degrees and remain active until late autumn, especially during warm periods. To combat these unfriendly insects, exterminators use special acaricides based on the substance “Cypermethrin”. The treatment process involves spraying an acaricide solution over the entire area of ​​the site using sprayers so that the droplets evenly cover the grass, leaves and soil. Acaricides have a nerve-paralytic effect on ticks, which leads to their death.

This measure is an effective method of preventing tick bites and minimizing the risk of transmitting dangerous infections. It is important to carry out the treatment in accordance with the recommendations of professionals, taking the necessary precautions and taking into account the time frame to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the procedure.

When to treat for ticks?

It is recommended to carry out the first treatment of the site at the end of March-April, when the snow has already melted and the soil has warmed up sufficiently. This period corresponds to the beginning of tick activity. Additional treatment aimed at consolidating the effect is recommended to be carried out at the end of August-September, when ticks experience a second peak of activity.

Ticks can live in a variety of places, such as grass, low shrubs and fallen leaves. To effectively get rid of ticks on the site, favorable weather conditions are important, such as the absence of rain and strong winds for 3 days after treatment. This ensures better adhesion of acaricides to plants and surfaces, increasing the effectiveness of the mite treatment procedure.

Is acaricidal treatment harmful?

Treatment against ticks is safe for humans and animals, subject to the recommendations of a pest control specialist. Acaricides used to kill ticks belong to hazard class 3 substances, which indicates their safety when used correctly.

Precautions when treating against ticks:

  1. Only an exterminator wearing protective equipment, including a suit, mask and gloves, should be present on the site during treatment.
  2. People and pets should stay indoors, with windows and doors closed to avoid exposure to small droplets of the substance when exposed to wind. After three hours, the area can be used again, since the acaricide has completely crystallized during this time.
  3. Full use of the site for gardening will be possible in three days. During this period, it is safe to walk barefoot, do gardening, and remove grass and leaves.
  4. Acaricidal treatment does not cause allergies if precautions are taken. An allergic reaction can only occur upon contact with the drug through inhalation, contact with the skin, mucous membranes, or ingestion.
  5. The effect of acaricides lasts up to 6 days, after which the substance completely disintegrates. Treatment must be carried out before active flowering, pollination and fruiting of plants begins to ensure complete safety of the crop.

What should pets do during tick treatment?

When carrying out acaricidal treatment, pets are not a hindrance, but, on the contrary, represent an additional incentive. By keeping your area tick free, you are also protecting your pets. Acaricidal treatment is safe for dogs and cats, and within 3 hours after treatment they can freely walk around the area.

It is important to note that acaricides do not only affect mites, but also flying insects such as flies, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, wasps and bees. Therefore, if there are apiaries near your site, it is recommended to notify their owners in advance about the upcoming treatment.

4 minuses and 4 pluses of acaricidal treatment

Cons:

  1. The need to wait for suitable weather conditions (no rain or wind), which may delay the processing process.
  2. Personal presence during processing is impossible without a special protective suit.
  3. Limitation of gardening work within the next 3 hours after treatment.
  4. When performing extensive acaricidal treatment (the larger the area treated, the longer the effect lasts), coordination with neighbors is required, which may not be so simple.

Pros:

  1. Keeping you and your children safe from ticks.
  2. Cost savings compared to the costs of testing for ticks, blood tests, or calling a veterinarian if an animal bites you.
  3. Effectively getting rid of flies and mosquitoes, which will make your area more comfortable.
  4. No impact on the yield, since acaricidal treatment does not affect the fruits or plants.
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F.A.Q.

How often should you treat for ticks?

It is recommended to treat ticks twice a year: at the end of March-April before the start of the summer season and at the end of August-September to suppress the repeated peak of tick activity.

Is acaricidal treatment safe for pets?

Yes, acaricidal treatment is safe for pets. Special preparations used during treatment act without harm to the health of animals, and after treatment they can freely walk around the territory after 3 hours.

What is the difference between acaricidal treatment and other methods of protection against ticks?

Acaricidal treatment uses special substances (acaricides) to kill mites. This method provides effective protection against ticks, including their eggs, and is a more long-term solution than some other methods, such as repellents.

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