Spider or Tick? Which of these would you rather have crawling on you or your child? Does one of these Arachnids make you jump a little bit more when you realize it is slowly traveling up your leg? More and more it seems that people feel that ticks are scarier that spiders. Perhaps the ongoing reminder that the eight leg tick potentially carries lime disease and the tick has you targeted for lunch. Ticks sure do get a reaction from people when they are spotted. Likely there is a high-pitched shriek followed by a nervous quick-step dance as they try to encourage the tick off of their body. Tick Tubes can help reduce and eliminate ticks in your area.
Tick Tubes DIY
If you are in an area where there are a lot of ticks present you can take a few easy steps to control and reduce the tick population. Ticks can be found in high grass and brush, around wood piles, forest areas and around nests or burrows of their hosts. Through the use of tick tubes you can effectively kill ticks where they breed and hatch.
How Do Tick Tubes Work
Tick tubes work by leveraging the natural nesting habits of mice and other small rodents. Tick tubes are loaded with cotton balls that are treated with a chemical called Permethrin that is deadly for ticks. Mice happen upon the cotton balls or similar nesting material in the tick tubes and they take the nesting material back to their burrows or nests. The treated cotton balls do not necessarily affect the mice or other rodents but it is quite fatal for ticks. Ticks walk across the treated nesting material and die within seconds.
How To Make Your Own Tick Tubes
Tick Tube Materials
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Cotton Balls
- Spray Bottle
- Breathing Mask
- Disposable Gloves
- Protective Eye Wear
- Sticks (optional)
5 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Tick Tubes
- Safety First – Put on your protective eye wear, disposable gloves and breathing mask. Carefully read and follow the Permethrin label precautions and instructions for use.
- Fill a spray bottle with a diluted Permethrin and water mixture based on the label instructions for use. A 7%% to 10% concentration of Permethrin should be plenty for tick tube applications.
- Spread out the cotton balls or dryer lint balls and generously spray them with the diluted Peremthin solution from your spray bottle.
- Insert the treated cotton balls or dryer link balls into each cardboard toilet paper roll or paper towel tube. You do not need to tightly pack the cotton balls in the tubes. 6 to 8 cotton balls in each tube should be enough.
- Place the treated tick tubes around the perimeter of your property about 10 feet apart just outside of your yard line. You want mice and rodents to find the tubes so place the tubes directly on the ground and under a bit of leaf or brush cover if possible.
- Optional Step – tie a stick to the outside of your cardboard tubes. This will prevent the tubes from blowing around your property. If you place the tubes under brush or cover the tubes shouldn’t blow around too much.
Where Can I Buy Permethrin
Permethrin can be found easily online and possibly even at your local hardware store. We ordered this 32 ounce bottle from Amazon with 36.8% permethrin listed as the active ingredient.