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April 24, 2013

Tim's Tips: Apply insecticide now to keep ticks away

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The Damminix tubes need to placed in your yard twice a year to be the most effective. One of those times is in late April. In the spring, the nymph stage of the tick is actively feeding on mice and other rodents. In the late summer, the larval stage of the tick is feeding on the mice. It is important to do the twice a year application if you want to reduce the deer tick population in your yard. We have been selling this product in our store for many years. The customers who have used it twice a year have found a significant decrease in the tick population in their yard.

Controlling deer ticks is an ongoing process because the deer population is increasing. Deer can bring adult ticks that set off the process of laying eggs that become the larvae and nymphs that feed on the mice and ultimately all stages then feed on humans and their pets.

I have tried to simplify the information about using Damminix and on how ticks can infect you and your pets. If you need more information, you can stop into the store or go to the Damminix web site.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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