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Tick Prevention Tips & Products for Your Safety


If you live in New England, it’s safe to say you are in the “Tick Danger Zone”. With 96% of confirmed Lyme disease cases coming from 14 states, including every Northeastern state, you need a plan.


Approximately 95 percent of all cases of Lyme disease occur in the Northeast and the Upper Midwest. Tweet This


The 5th most common disease in 2014, Lyme disease shows signs and symptoms anywhere from 3 to 30 days after exposure, and includes things like fever, chills, headache, fatique, swollen lymth nodes and more. 


While it’s become increasingly risky for homewoners to venture outside of the perimiter of their lawns or into tall grass, you needn’t wave the white flag just yet. 


Recent product development has proven highly effective and given homeowners some powerful tools in the war against ticks. 


All there is to do, is take action to protect your home.


About The Tick


Undoubtedly disgusting pests, the lifespan of a tick experiences 3 different phases; Larvae > Nymph > Adult.



Hatching in early July or August, it’s soon after birth that they begin the search for their first “blood meal” (yes, gross indeed). Not yet carriers of Lyme disease, it’s at this stage that you want to poison the tick if possible (later on in phase 2 they’ll be much harder to stop) and stop the cycle. 


Get To The Mice, Get The Ticks


During their nymph stage, mice are the primary mode of transportation for Ticks.  This is where you’ll want to do battle.


Damminix Tick Tubes, our weapon of choice, consist of permethrin-soaked cotton balls inside cardboard tubes. Placed strategically around your property, mice will harvest the cotton balls for their nests, simultaneously coating their fur in the tick-killing chemical and exposing the vulnerable nymph. 


It’s worth noting for our mice-loving friends, permethrin is a naturally-occuring chemical derived from chrysanthemum flowers and is not harmful to them in small dosages. 


But Do They Work?


Aside from smart day-to-day tick prevention strategies like long-sleeved clothing, tick repellent or simply avoiding the outdoors, Damminix Tick Tubes are one of the most-effective strategies you can entail.


When used as a part of a long-term, ongoing treatment plan, users have seen as much as a 90% reduction in the risk of infection due to markedly decreased tick populations. Praised by homeowners, schools and parks and rec managers alike, we don’t think there is a more effective treatment plan.




How Much Do I Need?


Tick Tubes come in 3 different sizes for your convenience:


Size Coverage Area
6 Tick Tubes Treats 1/8 Acre Mouse Habitat
24 Tick Tubes ½ Acre Mouse Habitat
96 Tubes 2 Acres Mouse Habitat


(Mouse Habitat = any place overgrown enough for mice to hide in – woodpiles, stone walls, foundations, etc.)



Tick tubes should be placed in July & August when in the nymph stage, as these are the ticks that will be full-grown adults come next spring.

To learn more about Tick Tubes or to begin protecting your property today, click here.


For Additional Information, Watch this Video:





If you have any questions about Tick Tubes or any other pest challenges, please email us at info@northeastnursery.com, or cal 978-535-6550.



CDC Tick Prevention Tips


Guide to Tickborne Diseases


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