Post by Lyme Challenged on Oct 8, 2019 12:58:03 GMT -5
They lay their eggs wherever the adult females drop off...this could be anywhere since adult stage ticks feed on larger animals that move around...deer, raccoons, skunks, turkeys. So clearing brush is not something that is going to manage the situation in a material way. When the eggs hatch (August) those 3,000 larval ticks are in a few square inches. The next hosts are mice, voles, chipmunks, ground nesting birds, etc. Wherever that animal is when the larvae of done feeding is where the nymph stage ticks will be the following spring. So the strategy I recommend is to do a perimeter yard spray in late May and late June. See my video on yard sprays at capecodextension.org/ticks contact me if you have any questions.