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may 11 tick monitoring

May 11, 2001

You asked; we found an answer

What insecticide should you use for ticks?


In response to Monday's story on Lyme disease, reader Jo Ann West of Hagerstown asked what insecticides can be sprayed on home property to keep ticks away from grassy and woodsy areas.

Sandy Scott, a horticultural consultant for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Washington County, said any pesticide will work, though she recommended Diazinon and Dursban, both of which will be going off the market but are still available. She said spraying a large, wooded area isn't practical, but yards adjacent to such areas can be treated.

To determine if you have ticks on your property, Scott suggested attaching a light yellow, pink or white piece of flannel to a stick like a flag and dragging it on the ground near wooded areas. Ticks that reside there will jump on the cloth. The ticks can then be taken to the cooperative extension office at 1260 Maryland Ave. in Hagerstown to determine if they are deer ticks, which are most often associated with Lyme disease.

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Scott also suggested applying repellent before working in the yard. She prefers putting such products on her clothing rather than her skin.

Meg Partington, megp@herald-mail.com

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