Monday, July 2, 2012

Ticks? We Have an App for That!

Yes, you can get phone applications for just about everything these days. Including an app all about ticks.

The summer heat seems to have brought the ticks out in droves. People who had never had a tick problem before are overrun by them, those have usually have ticks are finding the infestations to be unbearable. And ticks aren't just gross, they can carry diseases and they can be extremely difficult the manage.

Texas A&M's tick expert, Dr. Pete Teel, developed a Tick Application for your phone (also viewable online), with information about tick biology, identification, management, and removal. What's nice about this app, is that you can choose the specific location you need ticks controlled - on dogs, on livestock, urban landscape, etc.  This is an EXCELLENT tool for tick management.  Check it out for active ingredients of pesticides if you are having a hard time.

Check out the tick app at: http://tickapp.tamu.edu/identification.php

Another couple of tick management tips: (1)don't over-apply pesticides or apply more often than the label recommends or every 2 weeks (whichever is longer).  This will only result in resistance and you'll have a much harder time controlling ticks.  Fight the urge to use more pesticide that you need - give it some time to actually do its job. (2) After you treat the yard, do a second application about 2 weeks after the first.  This will help get that second generation that hatched from the eggs that you didn't get with your first application of pesticides.

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