Hey, you could spread poison out for hundreds of yards in every direction and kill every living thing. You could also use a flamethrower to light a cigar.busybee870 said:i had 10 young guineas they escaped and are gone! so what can i put on the ground for the ticks?
Put tick collars on your chickens? :shrug:DQ said:the best way to lower the tick population is to prevent them from feeding in my opinion. if the info I ran across is correct, they must get a blood meal soon after hatching or they croak. the vets carry a collar just for ticks that proved quite effective when I had a nightmare tick problem surrounding the dogs one year (a problem that quickly turned into more than a dog problem when I tried to take care of the problem with conventional dips and flea/tick collars and sprays and "shoulder drops").
That sounds exactly like what we went through 2 years ago! Gross! Nasty! The problem took on a life of its own. I still shudder to think about our poor dogs; they looked like mutants they had so many. We ended up having to use pesticides, too, but there was really no other choice. It was a horrendous problem!if the problem is already as extensive as mine was, lock your chickens up for a few months and resort to pesticides, which I had to do because there was already an out of control adult population and I'm not talking about a few annoying picking things off the dogs I'm talking about my daughter waking up with several on her every day and hundreds on the dogs that would not drop off after being sprayed repeatedly for das with Adams, and every corner of the house having a cluster in them. some hatched in the laundry roomand at first I thought someone had spilled a bag of pebbles or something until I realized they were all moving and were crawling up the walls. insert shudder here. up until late january would still find them in the house albeit very sickly. now they all get a collar in the spring and that seems to keep it under control, and thankfully I haven't had to use any other pesticides for 2 years.
That's absolutely right. We have a friend who has an exterminating business and that's what he told us, too. In fact, he suggests capturing fire ants in a jar, put the jar of ants in the freezer for a few days, take a couple out and mix into a dab of peanut butter and feed it to the dogs every few days to keep the dogs tick-free. He really swears by it and it isn't supposed to harm the dogs.Once we got fire ants we got rid of all the ticks...