Organic Tick Control Services in the Greater Kansas City Area
Ticks are the leading cause of human disease transmission by insects in the United States. In Missouri and Kansas, there have been several reported tick-borne illnesses, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Heartland virus, Bourbon virus, Lyme disease or a Lyme-like disease, and southern tick-associated rash illness. The most frequently reported diseases are ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can cause a range of symptoms from mild fever to severe illness and even death. Symptoms include fever, headache, malaise, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Tick-borne Disease Prevention
Alpha-gal syndrome is an infrequent condition caused by an allergic reaction to a sugar molecule called alpha-gal that is present in mammalian meat. The bite of the lone star tick, found in Missouri, Kansas, and other regions of the United States, can trigger this allergy. While there have been some reported cases of alpha-gal syndrome in Missouri and Kansas, it is still considered a rare condition. However, since the lone star tick is widespread in Missouri and other states, there is a potential risk of developing alpha-gal syndrome.
Controlling tick populations is crucial to protecting your family from Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Ticks can transmit up to 11 different diseases to humans, and new illnesses are discovered each year. To prevent ticks in your yard, our organic mosquito and tick sprays have been proven to kill ticks on contact and repel them from treated areas for 3-4 weeks, which can help reduce populations over time. Using a mild insecticide 1-4 times per year is also recommended by the CDC, especially during spring when you plan to use your yard. Our safe pyrethroid product, Bifenthrin, is very effective in killing virtually all the ticks on your property. After application, you will need to avoid the area for 4-6 hours to allow it to dry before using it again. We offer various service options to manage tick populations, making your property safer for your family and pets.
Tick Control Insecticide
To provide extra protection against ticks, many of our customers opt for 1-4 applications of our Tick Control Insecticide throughout the year, which significantly reduces tick and insect populations. This approach is highly recommended by the CDC to keep your property safe from ticks and lower the risk of Lyme Disease. The spring application is particularly crucial since around 80% of Lyme Disease cases are contracted in late spring and early summer each year, coinciding with the life cycle of the deer tick. Additional treatments may be advised based on your property's conditions and the level of control you desire. We use Bifenthrin, a pyrethroid insecticide that is highly effective and minimizes exposure risk. You only need to avoid walking on the treated area for 4-6 hours before resuming enjoyment of your property with confidence that the tick population has been controlled.
Deer ticks can cause various diseases, including Lyme disease, by feeding on humans and animals. To reduce the tick population on your property, we offer a simple solution called Tick Tubes. These tubes contain cotton balls treated with Permethrin, a mild insecticide, and are placed in areas where mice roam. The mice gather the cotton to build their nests, and the insecticide kills the young ticks feeding on them, preventing the spread of diseases. Every mouse that uses Tick Tubes can kill hundreds of ticks each season. Our studies have shown that Tick Tubes can reduce the risk of exposure to infected ticks by up to 97%! We recommend placing the tubes in the spring and fall, depending on the need. If you have wooded areas or fallen leaves near your home, the Tick Tubes can be an effective way to control the tick population on your property.
Here are some additional tips for controlling tick populations on your property:
- Prune trees and clear brush to reduce tick habitat.
- Keep your property clean by removing litter and clearing away woodpiles, garbage, and leaf piles.
- Mow your grass regularly and let it dry completely between waterings to make it less attractive to ticks.
- Move shrubbery and overgrowth away from areas where people frequently visit.
- Eliminate potential animal hosts for ticks by removing birdfeeders, birdbaths, and salt licks, and erecting fencing around your property.
- Get your property professionally treated to reduce tick populations.
We service properties in Odessa, Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Raytown, Overland Park & Kansas City areas of Missouri!
For more information or pricing for our Tick Control Insecticide Applications, Organic Tick Control Program, or Tick Tubes please call us at (816) 715-1947.