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TICK CONTROL

According to the Center for Disease Control, Connecticut has the highest number of cases of Lyme disease relative to the population of any state. The CT Department of Public Health states the rising incidence of Lyme disease is due to a number of factors including:
• Increased tick abundance
• Overabundant deer population
• Increased recognition of the disease
• Establishment of more residences in wooded areas
• Increased potential for contact with ticks
Greenleaf Services LLC wants to help reduce the incidence of this potentially devastating disease through the use of tick control applications, the reduction of tick habitat, increasing public awareness and implementing deer control programs.

Tick Control Applications
Insecticides are proven to be the most effective way to reduce the tick population. You can expect to get up to 90% control. Our typical program makes a spring, summer and fall application. Some customers prefer less and some require more. We have found three applications to get the best control and be the most cost effective. We offer a choice of organic or synthetic insecticides.

Habitat Reduction
The vast majority of ticks are found in wooded areas where their hosts are present and the humidity is high. Borders adjacent to woodland areas, ground covers, stone walls and wood piles also harbor ticks. Some of the landscape modifications we can do to reduce tick habitats are:
• Prune and remove trees to increase sunlight and air circulation
• Remove ground covers and weedy, shrubby borders
• Prepare a wood chip barrier along wooded borders to lawn

Public Awareness
There are several precautions that the home owner can take to reduce their exposure to ticks:
• Wear light colored clothing (to spot the ticks easily), long sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Create a “tick barrier” by tucking pants into socks and shirt into pants.
• Consider using insect repellent, according to manufacturer’s instructions, when planning to be outdoors.
• Check clothing and skin very carefully after being outdoors in tick infested areas.
• Remove any ticks as soon as possible after they are discovered.
• Keep your lawn mowed, cut overgrown brush, and clear any leaf litter away from the home.
• Use a wood chip barrier between any wooded area and the yard
• Inspect pets daily and remove any ticks found