Although spring offers so much to be thankful for such as the melting of snow and the return of warmer temperatures, the advent of the season also coincides with the return of ticks to both urban and rural environments. Ticks hunker down in the bitter cold of winter where they remain dormant until the ground begins to thaw. As the ticks reawaken from their state of dormancy, they become active and are hungry to feed on humans, dogs, deer, and other living creatures.
Many homeowners are interested in a safe tick control product that does not employ dangerous chemicals and will pose no threat to children, pets, and the environment. These consumers wish to protect their family members from the dangers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. They want a product that can be applied in an environmentally conscious manner that will not expose loved ones to chemical compounds, while simultaneously being eco-friendly enough to not harm other beneficial backyard insects.
Minimum Risk Pesticides
By definition, a pesticide is used to eradicate various pests, which can include ticks, mosquitoes, rats, and mice. There are numerous types of pesticides available in the marketplace.
The United States EPA classifies certain “minimum risk pesticides” as posing little to no risk to human health or the broader natural environment. Since they carry such minimal risk of harmful side effects, the EPA exempts such pesticides from the requirement of registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Checking the Ingredient List
As a general matter, the EPA does not review any particular product in the marketplace that claims to meet the FIFRA exemption criteria for a minimum risk pesticide. Rather, it is incumbent on the manufacturer to familiarize itself with the federal regulations and ensure that its product contains only all natural active and inert ingredients.
There are natural ways to eliminate ticks that are safe for humans, pets, and the environment. Any homeowner looking for a safe tick product should check with the producer to ensure that it is a minimum risk pesticide.