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How does tick control work? Where do you spray? Do you spray the grass?

Ticks typically hide in dark, moist environments or dense vegetation. Every time Giroud visits your property for a treatment, your Giroud Technician will walk your entire property to identify and treat all of the tick hot spots. Giroud’s 100% Organic and Traditional programs use a two-step approach:
Perimeter sprays: Ticks look for sheltered areas that are out of direct sunlight. Your Giroud Technician will apply treatment along the edges of your property to create a tick barrier.
Hot Spots: Ticks must be controlled where they congregate. Of course, the most important control points are in the outdoor spaces where you live, eat and play. Each application will cover these Hot Spots including foliage, vegetation areas, mulch beds, buildings, porches, eaves, decks, and patios.
Learn more in our blog post on How to Control Ticks on Your Property.
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Do the treatments control more than just ticks?

Yes! Both our 100 % Organic and Traditional treatment formulas control a variety of annoying pests like mosquitoes, fleas, gnats, centipedes, and ants.
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How long does a treatment last?

Giroud recommends treatments every 3 weeks especially during the warmest months from late Spring through early Fall. Additional treatments may be required for properties with unusually high tick populations.
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How much does a tick control treatment cost?

Pricing for Giroud’s tick treatment program depends on the size of your property and the areas being treated.
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Are the treatments safe for kids, pets, ponds and my vegetable garden? Are they safe for bees and other pollinators?

Once the spray treatment dries, the treated areas are safe for people and pets. To protect pollinators, the treatment is not applied directly to blooms on plants. The Giroud crew is also careful not to get pesticides in vegetable gardens, flower beds or streams, and to protect fish, we do not spray near ponds or creeks.
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What’s the difference between Organic and Traditional Tick Control?

Giroud offers three tick control options:
1. 100% Organic: Our special 100% Organic formula is made with essential oils including peppermint and cedar oils which are natural repellents. Treatments are safe for children, pets, and pollinators bees and butterflies.
2. Traditional: Our insecticide treatments have staying power to control adults, larvae and eggs. Once dried, treated areas are safe for people and pets.
3. Additional Eco-Friendly Control: This treatment supplements our Organic and Traditional Programs. It targets ticks when they latch on to mice. Tick tubes are filled with a cottony material treated with Permethrin. Mice take the treated cotton back to their nests where it rubs off on their skin. Ticks die when they feed on the mice. The treatment is not harmful to wildlife or pets. Learn more about Tick Tubes.
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How can I control ticks naturally?

Keeping your yard clean will help reduce the tick population.
1. Prune back overgrown vegetation: Ticks are shade lovers. The Giroud Team can eliminate shady habitats in two ways. First, cleaning up and/or clearing overgrown areas. Second, pruning tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.
2. Deter tick-carrying deer: Giroud also offers Deer repellent treatments to keep deer away from your yard.
3. Select different landscape plants: We will identify plants that are attracting deer to your yard and suggest alternative plants.
Learn more about natural tick controls.
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Why is tick control needed?

Ticks are dangerous, blood sucking pests. Ticks burrow under the skin, cause a bad rash and require painful removal. These nasty pests also spread Lyme Disease, the deadly Powassan Virus and other serious illnesses. Control is a must to protect people and pets.
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How to protect yourself from ticks?

1. Wear light and neutral colored clothing: Insects are attracted to things that mimic nature like the colors in flowers, foliage or animals. Plus, tiny ticks are easier to spot on a white shirt than a dark article of clothing.
2. Cover up: Wear lightweight clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and socks. Tuck your pants into your socks if you will be walking through high grasses or underbrush. Always wear a hat and pull back loose hair that hitch-hiking insects can latch on to.
3. Use Repellents: DEET or natural alternatives. Natural repellents containing soybean oil are comparable to DEET and protect for about ninety minutes.
4. Body Check after Being Outdoors: Perform a full body check for ticks when you come in from outside. Quick removal is vital to prevent disease.
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How to remove ticks from people and pets?

The CDC offers detailed instructions for removing a tick:
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly with tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
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Where do ticks live?

Ticks love dark, shady spots. They are hitchhikers. Hiding in high grasses, underbrush, and weedy areas, they latch on when potential hosts such as deer, mice, voles and of course people and pets brush by. Check out our blog post on: Where ticks hide in your yard.
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Do ticks fly?

According to the CDC, Ticks can’t fly or jump. Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals´ breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. Ticks wait for a host to brush by while resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs.
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What does a tick look like?

Deer ticks are reddish, brown in color and small, only 1/16”-1/8” when not engorged. They have flat, oval bodies and 8 black legs. As they take in more blood, ticks grow. After a tick has been feeding on its host for several days, they become engorged and can turn a greenish-blue color.
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Which ticks carry Lyme disease?

The blacklegged tick or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) spreads Lyme and other diseases in our region.
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How long does it take to complete a Tick treatment?

One treatment takes about 20 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your property.
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How soon after you spray can I walk in my yard?

Giroud Tick Control treatments spray typically takes about 1 hour to dry, depending on the weather. Once the spray is dry, it is safe for people and pets to walk in the yard.
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Do I need to be at home when my property is treated?

You do not need to be home at the time of your treatments. If you have locked gates or barriers that would prevent your technician from accessing the property, please let our office know. We will call you the day before to let you know that we are coming. We will leave a copy of the work order at your door to let you know we have been there.
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What if it rains after my property has been treated?

We watch the weather and do not do spray treatments if we see heavy rain in that day’s forecast. Once the treatment is dry, the residual from the spray can withstand light rain.
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