Ticks are a common pest in much of the United States. Throughout the world, there are over 800 species of tick — not only are they an annoying pest, they are an economic and public health issue. Though most people are aware of the dangers of ticks, many are reluctant to use synthetic pesticides to control them. The Safer® Brand family of products contains many all-natural organic tick control products that can be effective for home and lawn use.
Ticks can be classified into two categories, both of which impact human and animal populations in serious ways.
Hard ticks: Hard ticks have a tough outer shield — known as a scutum — covering their back section. They attach themselves to a host and can feed for hours or days.
Soft ticks: Soft ticks have a leathery exterior and a rounded body. Typically they will feed off a host for less than an hour, but can transmit diseases more quickly.
Both hard and soft ticks are vector agents for a number of diseases, including, most famously, Lyme disease. Other common diseases transmitted by ticks include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever and babesiosis.
Creating a Tick-Free Yard
Environmental management can be an effective form of organic tick control. There are a number of steps you can take to create a tick-free yard, including:
Removing leaf litter, clearing brush and mowing the lawn regularly
Keeping your lawn free of debris and stacking wood piles neatly to discourage rodents and other potential hosts
Building a barrier of gravel or wood chips at least 3 feet wide between your lawn and surrounding areas
While environmental management can discourage ticks from entering your yard, for more comprehensive protection, these methods should be used in conjunction with an organic tick control product.
Safer® Brand Organic Tick Control Products
We offer a number of pesticide-free products that will keep ticks out of your yard for good. For true organic tick control, either of the following options can be useful:
Safer® Brand Mosquito and Tick Killer contains a mix of potassium salts of fatty acids (20%) and Pyrethrins (0.24%) that kills mosquitoes and ticks on contact.
Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth uses organically sourced silicon dioxide (diatomaceous earth) to kill ticks, as well as several other pests including cockroaches and bedbugs.
All our organic tick control products are OMRI® Listed and USDA approved for organic gardening. Kill ticks the organic way with Safer® Brand tick control products!
Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, they can also harbor serious diseases that harm humans and animals alike! Many families and pet owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the harmful effects of traditional pesticide-based flea killers. If you live in an area prone to these pests, the Safer® Brand family of products offers many organic flea control solutions that are easily broken down by nature.
What Diseases do Fleas and Ticks Carry?
Fleas transmit a number of parasites, viruses and other potentially dangerous pathogens. Among the most deadly is the bubonic plague, which although rare, still affects an average of 10-20 Americans each year, as well as an untold number of cats and dogs. Other diseases commonly transmitted by fleas and ticks include Lyme disease, cat scratch fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tapeworm infections.
Organic Flea Control
There are a number of steps you can take in your home and garden to control fleas and ticks without the use of chemical pesticides. Wash all pet bedding regularly and, if your dog or cat spends a lot of time outdoors, give them regular baths with a gentle shampoo. Keep your lawn trimmed and weed-free and eliminate cool, dark spots where fleas can hide. In the home, vacuum regularly and in problem areas leave out an indoor flea trap to control flea issues.
Safer® Brand Organic Flea Killers
For best results, combine proactive maintenance with the use of a Safer® Brand organic flea killer. We offer a number of different OMRI® Listed products that are USDA approved for organic gardening to keep your home and garden flea and tick free.
Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth is a powerful organic flea control product for home and garden use. Our diatomaceous earth, also known as silicone dioxide, is derived from freshwater sources and is completely pesticide and carcinogen-free. This product kills fleas and ticks — as well as other pests such as roaches and bedbugs — by ingestion and dehydration within 48 hours of contact.
Victor® Flea Control Kit contains everything you need for organic flea and tick control in your home, lawn or garden. Included is the Victor® Ultimate Flea Trap, which lures fleas and ticks within a 30-feet radius with 93% effectiveness.
For effective organic flea control, check out the entire lineup of Safer® Brand products today.