The system makes sense.
|There are measures
you can take to reduce the risk of Lyme disease
on your property. Keep in mind, though, that nothing
is likely to permanently rid your property of
mice, and a single mouse can be carrying more
than 100 deer ticks.
Attempting to control the outdoor population of
mice is futile, but you can control the ticks.
The Maxforce Tick Management System provides an
easy-to-use, low-maintenance, highly effective
means of ridding your yard of ticks and reducing
your chances of contracting Lyme disease. It interrupts
the Lyme disease cycle without harming wildlife,
damaging the environment, or threatening the health
of your family.
The system makes a difference.
|This approach to tick
control was developed through a cooperative effort
between scientists at the CDC and Bayer. The Maxforce
Tick Management System has been proven effective
in drastically reducing the number of ticks present
in the landscape.
Source: Bayer Environmental Science, 2001.
In field trials, the Maxforce Tick Management
System reduced tick populations by nearly 80%
after just one year. The rate of infection in
ticks that remain in the landscape also decreases:
While 25% of nymphal ticks present commonly carry
the disease, the system reduces the percentage
of infected ticks to just 7% of the total population
after the first year.
Both the total number of ticks and the Lyme disease
infection rate in the ticks present continue to
decrease during the second year of treatment.
At the end of two years of treatment, the total
number of ticks present in the landscape was reduced
How the system works.
|The key to the Maxforce
Tick Management System is a small, plastic box
containing an insecticide that's effective against
ticks and a bait that's attractive to mice. Your
pest management professional or lawn care operator
determines how many boxes you need to protect
your property and places them around the perimeter
of your yard.
Mice are attracted to the boxes and enter them
through a small hole in each one. As a mouse moves
through a box, it passes under a small applicator
wick containing a low-dose insecticide. The wick
will lightly brush the mouse, gently applying
traces of the insecticide.
The insecticide won't harm the mouse or any other
animal that might touch or even eat it, but it
will kill the ticks the mouse is carrying. A single
dose will protect the mouse from new ticks for
up to 40 days. As they return to the System, they
will receive additional protection.
The system boxes are self-contained and maintenance
free once installed. The insecticide they use
[fipronil] is not a threat to any animal other
than ticks on small rodents.
a typical Maxforce Tick Management System
installation. The shaded areas show typical
rodent territories in your yard.
The system is effective for approximately 90 days.
Two 90-day installations are all that's required
to take care of your ticks for a full season.
It's fipronil, one of the world's best insecticides.
|The insecticide used
in the Maxforce Tick Management System is fipronil.
Fipronil is the active ingredient in the popular
flea and tick treatment veterinarians commonly
prescribe for household pets. It is also used
around the world in a variety of products designed
to protect crops from destructive insects.
Just a trace amount of fipronil applied on a mouse
is sufficient to kill ticks for days, yet it will
not harm the mouse or any other animal it contacts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
tested several chemical compounds before deciding
on fipronil for the Maxforce Tick Management System.
Fipronil's winning characteristics included extremely
high efficacy, long residual, and a solid safety