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  1. #1
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    Default Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I have a terrible tick problem in my yard.Literally every time I go to the back of my lot where my bees are I get one or more ticks on me and about 50% of the time I get one biting that I've got to remove.
    I have tried spraying with cedar oil which turned out to be a very expensive waste of time & money.
    Can anyone offer a solution? Our nectar flow is on full bore now so I don't think there is anything I can do to kill these insects but I figured I'd ask. After the flow I plan on covering the bees one night and fogging theyard & woods with an insecticide. I have no choice. Last year my wife got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and it wasn't joyful to say the least.
    Thanks
    Howard

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Chickens

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    There is permethrin in an arasol made to spray on your
    Clothing sold in the camping area of dep.stores
    You spray it on and let the cloths dry
    The tics will die when they get on your pants or shirt
    I used it for bow hunting when the tics a around
    The spray lasts a couple wash's
    You may want to wear the same pants and not,wash them often to last longer
    You'll be able to read al about it on the can
    I would also look into chickens and ask around for a spray and do it
    At night

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Guinea fowl are said to find ticks to be a tasty snack. Noisy though if others live close by.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I agree with Bill. Guinea fowl. I have heard that they may eat bees though.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Use Gardstar, same stuff people drench around hives for small hive beetles and that you can buy through bee supply stores. It's been around a long time for livestock, it's Permethirn. I've also heard on the radio that putting cotton balls with permethrin in a toilet paper tube where mice frequent will help as they will use the cotton for nesting material, any ticks feeding on them will die.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Gas powered yard blower. Blast the leaves and vegetation before working the bees hives.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Lazer you and Bill are right on, We've had Guineas and they clean out ticks in noyjing flat. They can be noisy though.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    Chickens

    My subdivision does not allow "farm anilmals" so any birds mentioned are out. I am lucky the HOA doesn't try and make me get rid if my bees. I am perpetually on their sh!t list.

    Quote Originally Posted by tommyt View Post
    There is permethrin in an arasol made to spray on your
    Clothing sold in the camping area of dep.stores
    You spray it on and let the cloths dry
    The tics will die when they get on your pants or shirt
    I used it for bow hunting when the tics a around
    The spray lasts a couple wash's
    You may want to wear the same pants and not,wash them often to last longer
    You'll be able to read al about it on the can
    I would also look into chickens and ask around for a spray and do it
    At night
    I do this-read it in a few forums. I understand the military does this as well when required. The problem is remembering to wear the treated clothing AND the fact that when it gets hot, which is very soon, it is nuts. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Broadside View Post
    Use Gardstar, same stuff people drench around hives for small hive beetles and that you can buy through bee supply stores. It's been around a long time for livestock, it's Permethirn. I've also heard on the radio that putting cotton balls with permethrin in a toilet paper tube where mice frequent will help as they will use the cotton for nesting material, any ticks feeding on them will die.
    OK but if I spray the area it will have to be after the flow yes? I mean permethrin hangs around for a while and the bees will be all over the plants nearby???
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by UTvolshype View Post
    Gas powered yard blower. Blast the leaves and vegetation before working the bees hives.
    Don't take this as me being unappreciative but this seems like it would make beekeeping way too much work. I also would be suspicious about the effectiveness. Tick can cling on to about anything and I really doubt the blower would get to very many in a manner that would dislodge them??

    Please keep the ideas coming. This situation is out of control to say the least.

    Thanks
    Howard

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Sound like time to get some flea and tick collars, strap around your ankles.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Put some bird feeders out, get the birds hanging around.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I would be more inclined to use the permethrin granules than the spray, less chance of causing a problem with your bees.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Get a cat if you can't have farm animals. Get rid of the rodents, reduce the ticks.
    Ticks are on the high stuff. Grass, flowers on the path? But then, some people just taste good to ticks.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I do taxidermy, and when people bring in deer heads, my place is crawling with ticks they leave their host in droves because it's no longer living, It's noting for me to find 10 -20 ticks on me on a good night of skinning out heads, the best thing I have found for constant use that doesn't irritate your skin is to take a shower in puppy flea and tick shampoo before you go out. They will crawl still crawl on you, but they wont imbed, the puppy stuff is gentle enough to not irritate your skin.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Quote Originally Posted by rweakley View Post
    I would be more inclined to use the permethrin granules than the spray, less chance of causing a problem with your bees.
    If you don't have chickens granules might be good ...I'm thinking I would prefer the spray ..spraying at dusk. Should be dry by dawn. Especially if you mow any flowers first. Just a thought.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    I believe permethrin will kill bees. So give some consideration to using those pants around the hives.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Cut all brush and mow. Then see what else has to be done.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    An HOA? time to move if you ask me.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    What about using this, http://www.lowes.com/pd_125810-446-0...ler&facetInfo=

    It's in granular form so you spread it on the area and when it rains it is dissolved into the ground and treatment lasts for three months. Have a tick problem in my back yard and have to spread this every spring great for getting rid of moles in the yard as well.

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    Default Re: Ticks-can't take it any longer. What to do/

    Cut the brush down around the hives, ticks will craw up grass and hang waiting to latch onto you as you go by. Tuck your pants into your socks before going out to the hives to keep them off your legs. A quick way to pick them off your pants is with packing or masking tape, just press the sticky side against them and pull them off. Luck with them

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