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Ticks in the yard
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steve    Posted 04-06-2001 at 14:31:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi yall!! What is the best product you know of to put on my yard. The ticks are everywhere, That cold winter didnt help one bit.Any thoughts are appreciated!! Thanks again, Steve

IHank    Posted 04-09-2001 at 11:39:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Steve- I got a newsletter in the morning mail and it has a little article about using boric acid to get rid of pests. The stuff is said to be low toxic to mammals.

The article claims that boric acid outperformed 15 other treatments in side by side tests by a Nebraska housing agency. The other products contained chlorpyrifos, diazinon, pyrethins, propoxur, indane, dichlorvos, and silica gel.

It sez the boric acid chemical family can be used as bait or as crack treatment. This is discussing dealing with problems inside the bldg.

The article cites it's info source as- "Boric Acid, Borates, and Household Pests", The IPM Practioner, Vol xxiii No 3, March 2001; Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) POB 7414, Berkeley CA 94707

Would it scale up and work good out in the yard? I don't know, but it might be worth a try. Good luck, IHank

Jim(MO)    Posted 04-09-2001 at 12:45:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife has been using Borax for years to control ants. She mixes it with sugar to attract the critters and they carry it back to the nests (I think) Not sure how you would attract ticks. Blood ????

danna morgan    Posted 05-25-2003 at 14:07:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have Golden Retrievers, my female just had a litter of puppies, and she and the pups were covered in ticks. It rained alot here in knights ferry california, I guess thats what caused the horrible infiltration. I am going to try the dursban, but I would like a little more info on guinea fowl. Any body out there know where to start.

Jim(MO)    Posted 04-09-2001 at 12:44:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife has been using Borax for years to control ants. She mixes it with sugar to attract the critters and they carry it back to the nests (I think) Not sure how you would attract ticks. Blood ????

danna morgan    Posted 05-25-2003 at 14:11:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need help with all the ticks, is this just a bad year, or what. My dogs are covered. does the dursban really work what about guinea fowel, I would like to here more about that

Chester    Posted 04-09-2001 at 03:33:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We bought some baby guineas a year ago and between the dogs, coyotes and snakes, they are all gone. Out of 10, I think 4 made it to adulthood even with close supervision. I don't know if they will kill snakes but I do know that snakes will kill them when they are young. After finding one guinea dead from no apparent reason, I caught a large black snake in the pen that had just eaten one and killed another. These particular guineas were about half grown.
They are good for tick control, though. And if you want them to stay on your place you need to pen them up for 6 weeks after they feather out. After that, they pretty much take care of themselves, except for the predators,of course.
They do make a fun project, though. Good Luck.

Mike Taylor    Posted 04-07-2001 at 19:01:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just thought of another way. Introduce 8 or 10 colonies of fire ants. They will eat all crawling things in the grass. Also, birds that nest on the ground, fleas, mice, rat babies, anything that can't get away.

Texas Al    Posted 04-06-2001 at 21:00:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You can't beat Dursban for ticks. I have had good luck with the crystals. Put it out and water it in slightly to get it off the grass and on the ground level. You can wipe out a BAD tick infestation with Dursban. I have even put out the crystals and then watered it down with a Dursban spray. Keep the pets off til it dries.

LazyHorse    Posted 04-06-2001 at 19:27:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want rid of them without chemicals, try guineas. they will clean the bugs from your yard & garden, and not harm plants.

magpie    Posted 04-06-2001 at 22:04:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see you mentioned guineas, thats why I didnt start a new post. I have an old pal of mine has a small place down by osoyoos B.C. every year he has a few rattlers lurking about. They like to hang out where the mice are so haystacks have to be careful around. I have heard that guineas hate and will kill snakes. Does anyboby know anything about this or is it an old wives tale?

LazyHorse    Posted 04-07-2001 at 06:20:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about snakes, but I have not seen any in our yard since we've had the guineas.

Mike Taylor    Posted 04-06-2001 at 17:24:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Steve    Posted 04-07-2001 at 06:16:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the help. We had guinees when I was a kid at home. Not for sure about them killing snakes though,I have heard it but never seen it and there were several copperheads in our neck of missouri. Thanks again.

Fran    Posted 04-07-2001 at 13:55:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've considered getting guineas for tick control, but there's lots of coyotes in our area and I wondered if they'd kill them. Any comments?

HJ    Posted 04-11-2001 at 20:30:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For what it's worth, I have sprayed Kritter Killer
on anthills and termite nests and wiped them out.
If it would work to kill ticks? Maybe.It's safe to use anywhere.

koking    Posted 04-17-2002 at 17:04:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how do you kill tick in your yard. we tried bleach does that work

hogman    Posted 04-07-2001 at 18:50:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fran, they are more durable then chickens by quit a bit,We lost chickens in broad daylight to coyotes and fox. guines fowl are only semi domestic,like to nest in fence rows,trees etc.are far more alert,just try sneakin up on one. They have one problem tho,they sometimes get tired of where they live and just relocate.
They do keep the ticks down but mostly they are the best watch dog alive if You can stand the racket. WARNING;if You get em and they hatch little'uns leave em alone!!!!!You ain't never been flogged till Ya get between a mama guinea and Her brood. Where chickens can get off the ground sorta, guineas can fly,.. I've known a "flyin floggin machine or two... They're kinda nice around tha farmstead tho,like a good crowin rooster.

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