How it works, the tick traps. These blood sucking parasites hover in wait outside the door for fresh meat to wander within reach. Better to look for some method that might cut down the tick population around house and find something simple, something that doesn't harm the environment, the pets, or kids, that works! |
Easiest way to check would be to set carbon dioxide traps. Get a big load of dry ice (handle it carefully, with big thick gloves) and put some in the center of each room, surrounded by big circles of sticky tape. Nearby ticks will head towards the CO2 and get caught on the tape. If the tapes are free of ticks the next day, the house is likely clean.
It's a dry ice tick trap and while it may not eradicate every tick from the surrounding forest, it will make a major difference in the door yard. The dry ice tick trap uses the tick's senses to draw them in for a sudden end. Ticks live on the blood of vertebrates which can and does include humans, dogs, cats, deer, most fur bearing animals, and such. Because their life depends on being able to suck blood, ticks will wait on the ground or climb to a vantage point to wait for a potential host. Tall grass, weeds, fences, trees, and porch posts are just a few of the places where ticks will wait. In heavy tick infestations, it's possible to see ticks lined up on a single tall blade of grass or on the stem of a weed.
Ticks sense that a warm blooded host is near in several ways. Warmth, odor, and exhaled carbon dioxide in the air draw the ticks to a host. A dry tick trap uses this natural instinct to gravitate toward carbon dioxide by using dry ice.
Making a dry ice tick trap is simple and inexpensive pest control method. The necessary supplies include a Styrofoam covered ice bucket or small cooler, a tool to punch holes in the Styrofoam, up to two pounds of dry ice, a piece of ply board or heavy cardboard, and masking tape;.
After placing the trap in the center of tick area, wait. Within fifteen minutes, ticks will begin moving toward the carbon dioxide emitting dry ice and become trapped on the masking tape. One use of the dry ice tick trap will last for about three hours or until the dry ice melts. In that time, the masking tape will become covered with the bodies of ticks that now are unable to suck blood or attack to an unwary leg. Most of the ticks in a 75 square foot area will be captured during the three hour period.
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