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New Natural Tick Spray Coming in 2014

A newly approved organic tick spray will give householders another option in the war against Lyme disease.

There was a lot of interest when I was interviewed last week by Gillian Neff on Ch 12’s Health on 12, in a new all-natural tick spray that was recently tested successfully in Connecticut. The product, Tick-Ex slated for introduction in 2014, is derived from a strain of fungus that is deadly to deer ticks. Field trials were conducted at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station, whose director Kirby Stafford said “A lot of people do have their back yards sprayed with pesticides and they are quite effective, perhaps because synthetic materials will give you 85% to 100% success rate. But there are a special number of people who don’t want to use them. The organic product may be slightly less effective, but it’s giving people options”. In field tests in northwestern CT up to 74% fewer ticks were found following treatment.  BTW the other newly validated tick solution at the household level is the "bait box" that coat rodents with a tick-killing insecticide – see this article on successful field trials of “Tick Boxes” at: http://bit.ly/HsvCWD

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Peter Wild April 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hi Mindy, Yours also - the gluten-free dishes you demonstrated can be very beneficial for those living with Lyme. Good presentation!
Micaela Porta April 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Actually, I heard the opposite about the alternatives to pesticide spraying. Organic tick spraying is largely done with garlic and chrysanthemum oil. Synthetically derived pesticides are drawn from these natural sources, but have been found not as effective by users.
Peter Wild April 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Kirby Stafford chief entomologist at the CT Agricultural Experimental Station is quoted as saying synthetics "will give you 85% to 100% success rate", versus the 74% quoted for the fungus-based spray described in my post.
--- April 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
In the military, I would ingest two heads off of our MRE matches, drinking them down with water. The sulfur would build up in my system and I had no issue with ticks or mosquitoes. (Maybe the smell of it turned them off?) I also suffered no weird side-effects. (At least non I am aware of suffering!) Now, is this to say we should all eat sulfur with our meals and make it a daily staple? Nah. But I have found that small amounts of it work wonders when it comes to being an annoying insect repellant. Those whitish tips from paper books of matches will suffice. Two or three per day with food.
Stacy from GreenSprays August 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Our company was featured in Orange.Patch.com (August 2012) for being an Organic Tick spray company. We have been using Organic tick control successfully in Fairfield and New Haven county for more than 3 years with our estate management company and there was enough demand that we opened a separate business doing it: www.greensprays.com.

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