Q & A

Welcome to the Planet Natural Garden Forum! Whether you’re new to gardening or have been at it for some time, here you can search existing messages for answers to your questions or post a new message for others to reply to. If this is your first visit, please read over our forum instructions carefully before posting. Enjoy!

This topic contains 2 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  E. Vinje 1 year, 8 months ago.

  • deer ticks

    Created by Geri Schlenoff on

    Hi, I just read an article about the use of Met52 to kill tick nymphs in my yard. I have lots of chipmunks and have learned they carry the ticks that carry the lyme disease. Could I spray this product on my yard, wooded area and kill deer ticks?

  • Author
    Posts
  • #209567 Reply

    mhonnold
    Member

    Met-52 will not harm your chipmunks, in fact it might help protect them from getting lymes disease as well! As Met-52 is only active for 5-7 days, it may be best to reapply every 5-10 days for best results. Keep in mind, Met-52 only attacks beetle larvae, as the exoskeleton of many insects are too hard for the fungus to penetrate.

    #209604 Reply

    E. Vinje
    Keymaster

    Hi Geri –

    Met52 is no longer available. My understanding is that the product was too expensive to produce. As for controlling ticks without harming your chipmunks I recommend the following:

    • Keep grassy and weedy areas trimmed and remove wood piles to reduce harborage for tick hosts.
    • When entering infested areas, wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers with tight-fitting cuffs.
    • Wear light-colored clothing. Ticks are easier to see on a light background.
    • If the above methods are insufficient, use the Herbal Pet Collar or one of our other least-toxic products to protect dogs and cats.
    • For a quick knockdown, apply Safer Mosquito & Tick Killer to areas where pests may be hiding (product breaks down in 7-10 days).

    Tip: Frequent inspection and removal reduces the risk of disease transmission.

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.