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Alternative EarthCare Speaks on the Topic of Organic Management of Tick Populations on Long Island


August 9, 2020

Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and hampton’s tick control service, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

Ticks are posing a serious threat to east end Long Island residents and the rest of the Northeast. It was not so long ago that people were unfamiliar with tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, but today, dangerous tick-borne diseases plague the residents of the area with wide-spreading illnesses that carry potentially debilitating and long-lasting symptoms. Managing tick populations on properties is of paramount importance for the safety of people and pets, but often, residents are hesitant to use chemicals on their property, making organic solutions more and more important for Long Island property owners. Alternative EarthCare discusses organic management of tick populations on Long Island’s east end.


There are a number of ways to address organic tick management from landscaping tricks to tick tubes. On properties, homeowners can address tick population migration by creating a two-three foot border of stone or mulch separating the property line from other properties or wooded areas. There are also plants, such as lavender, rosemary, basil, pennyroyal, mints, and eucalyptus, that emit a pungent odor that deters ticks and tick hosts which can be planted around the property. Oils from these plants can be worn as well to repel ticks when outdoors. These methods work; however, they are not fail-safe solutions and must be partnered with other efforts.


Tick Population

Tick Population


Homeowners who want minimum toxicity when it comes to pest management should contact professionals to deal with tick populations; the problem is simply too important to ignore with illnesses such as Lyme, Babesiosis, the Powassan Virus, and many others, originating from ticks common on Long Island’s east end. Tick tubes, which are the least toxic tick treatment, are highly effective as they address the most common tick hosts, mice, and small rodents. Biodegradable cardboard tubes filled with permethrin-treated cotton balls are laid throughout the property near common rodent habitats such as near dense ground cover, wood piles, under decks, by rock walls, and other places where rodents congregate. The rodents then bring these cotton balls back to their nests where they eliminate ticks on the rodents and in the nest without harming the rodents.

For the best prevention, a regular tick treatment every three-four weeks along with emergency services before outdoor events is recommended, but for those who are passionate about organic control, these methods can help to minimize populations and help to protect your loved ones. Before treatment, have a professional conduct a property analysis to understand the specific tick issues on your property and to devise a plan that best suits your family’s needs.

Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.