Alexander from Puerto Rico writes,
How effective is Conquer on ticks? Would Archer IGR be a good addition?
I have a tick infestation that I've been battling for months. I have two siberian huskies that I usually bring inside during the day and to sleep at night, sometimes in the bed. I've tried another department store product, Bayer Advance Complete Insect killer, and it's proven ineffective.
Conquer is labeled for ticks and should do a great job for you. The addition of Archer IGR will be necessary to help you get control of the tick population on your property. Do not make spot applications outdoors. Treat the entire area where exposure to ticks may occur. Use more water (not more product) when treating areas with dense ground cover or heavy leaf litter. Ticks may be reintroduced from surrounding areas on host animals. Indoors, thoroughly apply as a spot treatment to infested areas such as pet beds and resting quarters; nearby cracks and crevices; along and behind baseboards, window and door frames; and localized areas of floor and floor coverings where these pests may be present. Repeat treatments will be necessary to achieve and/or maintain control during periods of high pest pressure. All of your dogs should be treated with a product that is specifically labeled for use on dogs for tick control.
You can also help by creating a "tick safe zone" in your yard. You should have an area that is at least 9 ft wide between your yard and any wooded area. Trim back trees to allow as much sunlight as possible into your yard. Keep grass as short as possible. Remove as much leaf litter as possible. A clearly defined, well manicured border between your yard and any wooded areas or weedy lots will reduce the chance of ticks infesting your yard.
Answer last updated on: 12/05/2011