How Does Orkin Treat For Ticks?
Your Orkin service technician treats for ticks on your property by using a comprehensive, integrated tick control plan. While the specific requirements of a tick control plan are situational and will vary, the following control actions and recommendations will be factored into your plan.
- Inspection & Identification
The first step your Orkin technician takes is to provide an inspection of the property – perhaps both inside and outside the home since ticks can be brought inside on clothing and by pets. The inspection will include information related to tick distribution on the property and will also include identification of the species of ticks found during the inspection.
Your Orkin technician will provide you with information related to tick habits, behaviors, habitats and life cycle. Other items that will be covered are how to recognize ticks, how to prevent tick exposure and a recommendation to contact your medical professional or veterinarian for advice on using tick repellent, treatment products and treatment advice should a tick-borne disease be suspected.
- Tick Habitat Modifications To Reduce Ticks & Their Hosts
Using the inspection findings, your Orkin technician may recommend modifying areas of tick habitat that will open formerly shaded areas to sunlight. Exposing an area to sunlight reduces moisture and decreases tick habitat. In addition, your technician will recommend removing protective sites such as heavy, thick leaf litter, thick groundcover around the home’s perimeter and protective areas such as fallen logs, firewood piles and rock piles. Habitat modifications should target areas frequented by pets and family members, not necessarily the entire property.
- Use Of Chemical Products To Help Create Tick-Free Zones On The Property
The tick control plan also identifies locations where tick control products can be used effectively to help create zones on the property of minimal or no ticks. Areas the technician will focus on include groundcover vegetation, areas where the lawn meets the woods, ornamental plantings or any other places where the technician can apply products in accordance with the approved instructions on the product label. If a tick infestation is heavy, it may be necessary to use products to treat your pets, if recommended by your veterinarian, plus your home, your yard and wooded areas at the same time.
A follow-up inspection and additional control work, if needed, will be provided per the stipulations of your approved service agreement.