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Any tips for getting rid of ticks on wooded property? (Vanity)
11/10/2011 | BuckeyeTexan

Posted on 11/10/2011 9:40:38 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan

Does anyone have recommendations for treating heavily wooded property for ticks? My one-year-old basset hound (Sophie) is an indoor dog, but she has free access to a little over an acre of heavily wooded property. (300+ oaks and pecans.)

I've tried every treatment I can find to put on Sophie to prevent ticks, but I'm still finding them on her once every few days. She sleeps on my daughter's bed, so I'm worried about a tick dropping off in the bed. She's a lemon basset hound so the ticks are easy to see unless they're really small.

Is there anything I can do to treat the property? I don't want to poison the land or kill the trees, so I'd prefer something natural, but I'm not strictly opposed to pesticide if it'll work.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Gardening; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: basset; oaks; ticks
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To: y'all

Thanks, y’all for all of the tips. I really appreciate it.

Tex


51 posted on 11/10/2011 10:43:52 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Leaves, brush, pine needles are great places for ticks to hide. They also provide a natural “blanket” to protect the ticks and their eggs in the winter time.

Yes, it is a lot of work, sorry - do it right or keep having ticks. I know of no other way that has been sucessful. Perhaps a local exterminator can offer advice.

I do not believe the Permthrin will poison the water supply but you would have to read the label. I have not experienced any killing of plants with Permthrin. I use this same procedure in Florida and in Colorado. Works in both places.

This procedure was developed to deal with sever infestation, like abandoned houses and barns. Nasty work but it does work. In locations that are not quite as bad, it has often totally removed the infestation.


52 posted on 11/10/2011 10:47:38 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Free documentary on Tick borne illness: http://www.hulu.com/watch/268761/under-our-skin

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53 posted on 11/10/2011 10:51:10 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: goat granny

That’s a good excuse for me to go outside, drink a beer, and smoke a cigar. :) “Honey! I gotta go get rid of the snails. Be in later.”

... “What snails?!”


54 posted on 11/10/2011 10:56:46 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

We have had good luck using just the lawn insecticide granules here in central Wisconsin. One treatment in the spring is all we do. Down in Texas, you’d prolly need to do one in the early spring & again in mid-summer. We have an acre sized wooded lot that butts up to woods on two sides. Dogs are in a fenced area with lawn and some woods.

I’ve had only so-so luck with diatomaceous earth (using it on ant hills). (Boric acid/ simple syrup ant bait traps work much better.) DE loses effectiveness when it’s wet so it’s not the best here.


55 posted on 11/10/2011 10:56:46 AM PST by elli1
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Guinea hens and fence to keep out the deer.

http://www.deerfencing.com


56 posted on 11/10/2011 11:04:04 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: BuckeyeTexan

:O)


57 posted on 11/10/2011 11:18:00 AM PST by goat granny
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To: SumProVita

I once asked the guy that has a nursey how to keep deer out of my garden, he said the best way is a 20 gage. My daugter has a home in the woods and they found a spray that keeps the deer from eating their extensive landscaping, but don’t remember the name. If anyone cares, freepmail me and I will get the name...they dont have any fencing and have a beautiful place. They don’t get all their flowers and shrubs eaten anymore..


58 posted on 11/10/2011 11:24:05 AM PST by goat granny
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To: fullchroma

Kills scorpions too yay! Thanks.


59 posted on 11/10/2011 12:13:52 PM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: goat granny

We have deer fence around our garden and it works! Best spray I have EVER used to keep deer away from plants, fruit/nut trees is *Liquid Fence* (get the concentrate and mix your own for a MUCH more economical price). This spray WORKS!


60 posted on 11/10/2011 12:16:33 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Guinea hens. They are natural born tick gitters. Just let them free range and they will eat every tick on the place.


61 posted on 11/10/2011 12:29:14 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Guinea Hens. They make great watch dogs as well.

Alternatively, call your local exterminator and have them spread some granules around. It will knock the ticks down for a couple of months.

I suppose chickens would do but I like Guineas.


62 posted on 11/10/2011 8:40:25 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Interesting thread. I can be no help with the ticks but like the sound of guinea hens roosting in your trees at night, cooing away and eating ticks and fertilizing the land during the day. I have one question: A little over an acre with 300+ trees? Isn’t that an awful lot of trees for one acre? How do that many trees fit on one acre? Are they all saplings? — City girl here but I’ve got a friend who lives on a house on an exact one acre lot and it’s big but not 300 trees big.


63 posted on 11/10/2011 9:11:30 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Auntie Mame

We have white oaks and a few pecans. The oaks in Texas tend to grow in very thick clusters. So the trunks are small and the branches don’t spread out as they normally would. The branches tend to grow upward vying for sunlight. About 150 trees are 1.5 feet wide and 25 - 35 ft tall. The rest are just as tall but only 10 inches wide or so.

I’ll post a pic if you’d like to see them.


64 posted on 11/11/2011 7:44:17 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sequoyah101

No pun intended, but if I have guinea hens roosting in my trees is that going to tick off my neighbors?


65 posted on 11/11/2011 7:46:44 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
I’ll post a pic if you’d like to see them.

Are you kidding? I'd LOVE to see a picture or pictures (hint, hint). Do you have to irrigate the trees? Are you going to get some guinea hens to control the tick population? You can put all that poison stuff on your dog you want, but the ticks will still be out there, enjoying the shady coolness under your trees. Do the trees shade your house and keep it cool/cooler?

66 posted on 11/11/2011 7:58:44 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=yard+treatment+for+ticks+-+talstar


67 posted on 11/11/2011 8:09:21 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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68 posted on 11/11/2011 8:59:30 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I hear Guinea Hens are great for ticks, too. Don’t think they have the fresh eggs advantage. If you have a mean rooster (like my sister-in-law’s infamous “Big Daddy” who attacked anything that came near his hens, including people) he may torture the dog. We also had ‘Bruester Rooster’ - when his last hen died (we think she committed suicide in the horse water trough to permanently get away from BR) he began to follow my horse Henry around .... talk about the ‘odd couple’! I eventually found him some old laying hens (free to a good home) to keep him company. Then again, you may end up with a rooster like “Freckles” that my young niece (6-7 yrs old) could ‘hypnotize’ and carry around under her arm. Your dog may chase chickens - not good. SIL has a Brittany & he has killed a few chickens - will take the ‘hit’ & run the invisible fence to get to them. He’s either tied up or in the dog pen when the chickens are out of the coop/pen and in the yard. Another Brittany would tolerate baby chicks climbing all over her & she was a great pheasant hunter. Depends on the dog. You will also have to look out for raccoons, possums, hawks, foxes, maybe even coyotes, etc. getting into the chickens - need a secure coop/pen. Chickens do require some work. BTW, last batch of chicks was ‘mixed’, about a half dozen breeds - some had feathered feet, some laid green eggs ..... lots of fun. Personally, I’m fond of Rhode Island Reds - brown eggs, large, pretty chickens.


69 posted on 11/11/2011 2:17:21 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Obama 2012: Debt Man Walking.)
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To: raybbr

Free documentary on Tick borne illness: http://www.hulu.com/watch/268761/under-our-skin


70 posted on 11/18/2011 3:12:02 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Guinea hens.


71 posted on 11/18/2011 3:14:40 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Free range chickens get a lot smarter than the ones Col. Sanders raises.

That's because they have more time to learn stuff.....

72 posted on 11/18/2011 3:25:36 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

There ain’t no ticks on me,
There ain’t not ticks on me,
There might be ticks on some of them chicks but there ain’t no ticks on me.........


73 posted on 11/18/2011 3:27:10 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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