Welcome Western MA TicK Control
NEW EQUINE RELATED BUSINESS BEGINING IN 2016
John M. Prenosil
Western MA Tick Control
195 Railroad Street
Belchertown, MA 01007
Ticks can be found on all mammals. Here in New England the two main ways ticks move in the environment are on deer and white footed mice. Research conducted over the past several decades has proven that mice will collect nesting material if available. We provide nesting material to mice in the form of Deltamethrin treated cotton. Deltamethrin is among the most widely used insecticides from a group of insecticides called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of pyrethrins, natural insecticides from chrysanthemum flowers.
We have a relationship with the Work Opportunity Center in Agawam to manufacturer our own tick tubes. Our tubes are manufactured from heavy duty 1.5” PVC pipe. We fill each tube with deltamethrin treated cotton balls. The tubes are wrapped with Realtree Xtra® camouflage contact paper to blend in with your existing landscape. We label each tube with a barcode unique to your property. We use the barcode to track how much cotton is taken from each tube. This allows us to more effectively track where mice are
The cotton is placed inside a 1.5” tube and the tubes are placed where there is mouse habitat including, but not limited to wood piles, sheds, stone walls, thick brush, and wooded areas. The mice collect the cotton and in the process get the Deltamethrin on their fur. This kills any ticks the mice are carrying and on a larger scale decreases local populations of ticks. The mice are not harmed by the Deltamethrin. In some cases a perimeter spray of Deltamethrin is also used. The spray will kill any ticks that are present at the time of spraying.
How do I get started
A WMTC professional will evaluate the conditions around your home, explain the most effective control options, and provide you with a written estimate at no charge.
Prior to treatment, a WMTC professional will email, call or text to let you know the date and time they will be at your home. They will also provide you with the name of the professional that will be performing the treatment a description of the vehicle they will be driving. The professional will install tubes, post signage to let you know a treatment has occurred, and leave a Service Report outlining what has been done. We will schedule follow up treatments as required, typically 50-60 days for tubes and 60 days for spraying, and email or call you with a reminder a week ahead of time.
How long does this take
We can generally treat your property within a week of your approving our proposal. Most properties can be treated in an hour.
Q: There are Tick Tubes® available on the internet. Why are yours better?
Our tubes are significantly less expensive than tubes available on the internet. We don’t spend money of fancy packaging. Our tubes are also manufactured from 1.5” recyclable PVC pipe, not cardboard. The tubes are cleaned, reused and are more environmentally friendly than single use biodegradable tubes. Our tubes are also wrapped with Realtree Xtra® camouflage contact paper to blend in better with your existing landscape. Other tubes are not. Plus we take care of everything for you.
Q: Why do you use Deltamethrin and not Permethrin?
We use a deltamethrin based insecticide. Deltamethrin is among the most widely used insecticides from a group of insecticides called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of pyrethrins, natural insecticides from chrysanthemum flowers. Permethrin is a similar insecticide from the pyrethroid family. The formulation of Deltamethrin we use is the newest available. It contains a polymer and is more water resistant than other pyrethroids.
Q: Is your product safe for pets?
Deltamethrin is found in many brands of popular flea collars for dogs. Deltamethrin is toxic to cats. However, cats have insufficient contact with the cotton in the tubes to be exposed to toxic doses. Dogs and cats generally take no interest in the tubes.
Q: Why don’t I work with one of the national pest control firms on TV?
Quite simply, we are more cost effective. We focus all our efforts on ticks and only ticks. We are a small company and don’t spend our money on fancy advertising. Lower operating costs means we can pass this savings on to you.