How To Make Tick Tubes For Your Garden

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Tick season starts in the springtime and goes into summer, so at that time of year, you must be very cautious of getting ticks on yourself and your pets. If you go outdoors a lot, it's important to check yourself really well for ticks so that you don't get some of the tick borne diseases like Lyme disease. Ticks on people will be pretty easily found whereas ticks on animals will not be as easy since they have a lot of fur to look through. When you're looking for ticks on people, it's good to have a shower or give your kids a bath and check them in the bathtub. Also, teach them how to check themselves for ticks as well and to learn the different types of ticks. Even though you're checking yourself and preventing yourself from attracting different types of ticks, you should also have a defence against them in your yard too. To reduce the number of tick borne diseases, we have to reduce the number of ticks in our communities, and Practical Primitive has some excellent DIY ideas you can try out in your own backyard. Eddie from Practical Primitive suggests using tick tubes to prevent an infestation of ticks. You can make them yourself with some simple materials and ingredients and place them all around your yard to catch and kill ticks. The poison in the tube will kill the tick in the nymph stage when it's most likely to catch tick borne diseases.

All you need are some recycled toilet paper tubes and dryer lint, something every household should have. If you don't have a dryer of your own, ask a friend to collect their dryer lint for you and give it to you to use for your tick traps. Start collecting your toilet paper tubes for this project and save them to make some tick tubes. You'll also need some Permethrin which according to Eddie is a synthetically produced pyrethroid coming from chrysanthemum flowers. So it won't cause long-term effects on the environment, but it will get rid of some of the annoying ticks. It is important to know that permethrin is toxic to bees, fish, frogs and cats, so make sure you use it very carefully. Never spray this substance around any of the animals listed and keep them away from it as best as possible. When permethrin is wet, it can actually be deadly to cats so keep your kitties and other neighbourhood cats away from it. Also, don't leave them near water that they could get into since the water would be contaminated by the permethrin. Don't spray it near flowers either since it could contaminate the flowers and then kill the bees that come to pollinate them.

Your best bet is to spray the permethrin outside in an area that's protected from the wind, so it doesn't carry it away. Wear gloves and a mask while you're using it. You lay out the dryer lint or even some cotton and then spray the soft material with the spray being very careful. You just lightly moisten it, and the colour of the lint will change. Spray all sides of the lint or cotton, so it has a nice light coating. Then, you let it dry and put it into the toilet paper rolls. Then you can place the rolls around your yard in sheltered places, so they don't get wet. Other animals like mice will use the lint in their nests, and since they will have exposure to the permethrin, it will kill the tick larvae and the nymphs. Check out all of the information on Practical Primitive and try it out.***

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