Lyme disease is the number one spreading vector borne epidemic in the U.S. and Europe, and mimics other chronic diseases according to the CDC figures from 2013.
Tick borne co-infections are also rapidly rising, such as bartonella, ehrlichia, babesia, mycoplasma, chlamydia, and candidatus mikurensis are just some of the more common co-infections seen with the Borrellia bacteria of Lyme. The carriers of Lyme Disease and its associated co-infections are no longer restricted to those properties that have deer.
30% of mosquitos now carry Lyme, as well as birds, mice, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, possum, skunks, etc. We believe that it is of utmost importance that every property have some facet of protection from this epidemic that is sweeping the nation and causing untold misery for millions
Nature's Rain takes this threat very seriously, and in a perfect world would love to see every property on a totally organic agenda, but we have heard far too many horror stories for us stand on a political platform of "no chemicals whatsoever" while this threat to your family exists. For those clients with special needs children or highly chemical sensitive adults, we can certainly maintain a chemical-free program, but we do recommend that most properties be treated; either as part of a standard lawn or shrub spray program or as an adjunct to that program.
We employ the use of both natural botanicals like cedar oil, garlic oil, and neem, and also the use of pyrethroids, which is a synthetic man made chemical that is molecularly similar to the natural pyrethrum daisy. These products are approved and regulated by the E.P.A for use in residential settings and have been used safely for decades.
Unlike the chemicals of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, pyrethroids are water soluble and break down very quickly in the environment, lasting only 20 days in perfect conditions. There is also no evidence of them bio-accumulating in either the soil or the human body. As a matter of fact, most veterinarians will dip your dog or cat in a bath of this product to kill fleas and ticks, it is that safe ! To give you a sense of refernce, your childs school nurse or pediatrician will use a chemical called Lindane on your childs scalp if they were found to have lice, this chemical is more than 10,000 times more toxic than pyrethroids when calculating toxicity by the LD50 values assigned to all chemicals. Another safety factor we employ is that we always spray ONLY a dilution and never a concentrate on your property. WHAT PRE-CAUTIONS DO I NEED TO TAKE BEFORE AN APPLICATION IS MADE ?
Simply keep children and pets indoors while products are being sprayed, and for 24 hours thereafter in an abundance of caution. Pets may use the grounds for a few minutes to relieve themselves or be walked. Birdbaths and fish ponds can either be covered or avoided easily enough. Windows to your house and car should be shut. Since a sprayed property will have ticks looking for escape, it is best to stay off the lawn and grounds for at a few hours to avoid becoming a vehicle for escape for these vermin while they die off. WHO WILL DO THE TICK AND MOSQUITO APPLICATION TO MY HOME ?
The key to effective tick and mosquito control is thoroughness and an experienced applicator. Natures Rain will always have an experined, certified and licensed applicator/arborist doing your application. There are NO bargains to be had, hiring one of the many new pop-up companies may be cheaper, but given the risk of infection, it is money well spent to pay for thoroughness and expereince. While doing this work may not be brain surgery, think about who you would want doing your brain surgery, an experienced surgeon with gray hair and a track record, or a newbie fresh out of residency?