Ticks are blood-feeding parasites that are often found in tall grass where they will wait to attach to a passing host. A tick will attach itself to its host by inserting its chelicerae (cutting mandibles) and hypostome (feeding tube) into the skin.
Ticks can be found in most wooded or forested regions throughout the world. They are especially common in areas where there are deer trails or human tracks and are especially abundant near water, where warm-blooded animals come to drink, and in meadows wherever shrubs and brush provide woody surfaces and cover.
Physical contact is not the only method of transportation for ticks. While ticks can not ju mp or fly, some species stalk the host from ground level, emerging from cracks or crevices located in the woods or even inside a home or kennel, where infestations of "seed ticks" (the six-legged stage of newborn ticks) can attack in numbers up to 30,000 at a time.
Weak or elderly dogs, puppies, and cats are particularly endangered and can die from anemia from a sudden influx of seed ticks. Seed ticks also attack horses, cattle, moose, lions and other mammals, causing anemia, various diseases, paralysis and even death. Such infestations can be difficult to detect until thousands have attached themselves to an animal and eradication can be difficult.
Changes in temperature and day length are some of the factors signaling a tick to seek a host. Ticks can detect heat emitted or carbon dioxide respired from a nearby host. They will generally drop off the animal when full, but this may take several days. In some cases ticks will live for some time on the blood of an animal. Ticks are more active outdoors in warm weather, but can attack a host at any time.
balEnce™ BioPesticide Tick Control contains a suspension of Beauveria bassiana spores — a naturally-occurring fungus that are present in soil throughout the world. Beauveria bassiana occurs in numerous strains which target and are fatal to certain insects. The spores of Beauveria bassiana in balEnce™ BioPesticide Tick Control are specific for ticks. This means that these spores will attach themselves to the tick and feed on it similar to the way that the tick attacks its host — they will not harm humans, animals or the environment.
Numerous international studies have been conducted indicating that the strain of Beauveria bassiana in balEnce™ BioPesticide Tick Control provides an effective, safe way to control ticks. The Beauveria bassiana spores that are present in the soil of your yard, walking trail, golf course, or other outdoor environment are not in sufficient quantities to control the ticks. By spraying balEnce™ in your outdoor environment where ticks are an issue, you are increasing the amount of Beauveria bassiana to a level that is sufficient to control them.
Each six ounce bottle of balEnce™ BioPesticide Tick Control will treat an area of 4,000 square feet (or one-tenth of an acre) three times. Simply mix two ounces of highly concentrated balEnce™ with water in a typical garden sprayer and spray the areas where ticks are usually found. Repeat this process two more times at one week intervals.
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