Ticks

  • Scientific Name: Ixodida family

Ticks

Ticks
Scientific Name:

Ixodida family

How to identify a tick

Ticks are small, wingless, bloodsucking arthropods. They burrow their heads into their host and can change drastically in shape, color and size when they become engorged with blood. Ticks have extremely small mouths that usually go unnoticed when they bite.

Where are ticks commonly found?

Ticks like shady, moist leaf litter with an overstory of trees or shrubs and, in the spring, they deposit their eggs into such places allowing larvae to emerge in the fall and crawl into low-lying vegetation. The 3 meter boundary closest to the lawn's edge are a tick migration zone, where 82% of tick nymphs in lawns are found

Why are ticks considered a pest?

Tick-borne diseases occurring in Australia are Australian Tick Typhus or 'Spotted Fever' (along the coastal strip of eastern Australia from North Queensland to Victoria) and 'Flinders Island Spotted Fever' (in Victoria, Tasmania and Flinders Island in Bass Strait). Early symptoms of tick paralysis can include rashes, headache, fever, flu like symptoms, tenderness of lymph nodes, unsteady gait, intolerance to bright light, increased weakness of the limbs and partial facial paralysis.

What is the biology and lifecycle of a tick?

Ticks have four stages to their lifecycle, namely egg, larva, nymph, and adult. 

Management Tips for Ticks

A habitat preferred by ticks is the interface where a lawn meets the forest, or more generally, the ecotone, which is unmaintained transitional edge habitat between woodlands and open areas. Therefore, one tick management strategy is to remove leaf litter, brush, and weeds at the edge of the woods.

Ticks like shady, moist leaf litter with an overstory of trees or shrubs and, in the spring, they deposit their eggs into such places allowing larvae to emerge in the fall and crawl into low-lying vegetation.

The 3 meter boundary closest to the lawn's edge are a tick migration zone, where 82% of tick nymphs in lawns are found

PRODUCT SOLUTIONS FOR Ticks

Each pest control product is registered for use in specific environments, situations, pest life stages and other key factors. Please always consult the product label for detailed information about how to use each product.

Suspend Flexx Insecticide
25g/L Deltamethrin

Suspend Flexx Insecticide is a synthetic pyrethroid (3A) formulation for the knockdown and residual control of a range of insect pests in various indoor and outdoor situations.

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Biflex Aqua Max Insecticide and Termiticide
100g/L Bifenthrin

Biflex AquaMax is the first ever Professional Strength, multi-insecticide and termiticide. Effective on a wide range of common household pests and all termite species in Australia.

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Biflex Mikron Insecticide
64g/L Bifenthrin, 53g/L Acetamiprid

Biflex Mikron Insecticide provides lightning fast control and enduring residual protection from the powerful combination of two active ingredients in a cutting-edge microemulsion formulation.

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Brigade Granular Insecticide
2g/kg Bifenthrin

Brigade Granular Insecticide is formulated for the control of certain pests in turf and for control of ants, fleas and ticks in external surrounds of buildings and structures. Permit held for application in potting media for use in container grown ornamentals to control Red Imported Fire Ants for various intervals.

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Antagonist PRO Insecticide 1L
80g/L Bifenthrin

ANTagonist PRO insecticide is a suspension concentrate formulation containing a Polymer Enhanced Synthetic Pyrethroid approved for the treatment of ants, spiders, wasps, cockroaches, mosquitoes, midges, fleas, flies, ticks, termites and turf pests including lawn armyworms, sod webworms, argentine stem weevil, billbug, African black beetle, ants and ornamental pest including mites, aphids, caterpillars, loopers, earworm, budworm, light brown apple moth, whitefly, mealybug, thrips and cutworms.

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Maxum PRO 125 SC Insecticide 500mL
125g/L Beta Cyfluthrin

MaxumPRO is a robust, fast-acting, knock-down, broad spectrum insecticide for general insect control in domestic and commercial situations, as well as for the control of pest insects of turf and ornamental plants.

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Biforce 100SC Termiticide and Insecticide
100g/L Bifenthrin

Biforce 100SC Termiticide & Insecticide is a water-based termiticide for pre and post construction management of termites inside and out and for general perimeter application of most crawling insects.

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Biforce 200SC Termiticide and Insecticide
200g/L Bifenthrin

Biforce 200SC Termiticide & Insecticide is a professional strength water-based termiticide for pre and post construction management of termites inside and out.

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Biforce Granular Insecticide
2g/kg Bifenthrin

A ready to use contact residual granular insecticide for external control of ants, fleas and ticks in areas such as gardens, lawns, around BBQs and other external surrounds of buildings and structures.

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