Protect Your Home From Lyme – Treat Mice With Cotton Balls

Mice love cotton balls. They take the cotton to line their globes (nests) quicker than anyone would believe. A company called Damminix has created a wonderful product (if you haven’t  already heard about it) called “Tick Tubes” which are essentially cotton balls covered with …

Mice love cotton balls. They take the cotton to line their globes (nests) quicker than anyone would believe.

A company called Damminix has created a wonderful product (if you

haven’t  already heard about it) called “Tick Tubes” which are essentially cotton balls covered with Permethrin ( a chemical used in equine bug spray). The mice carry the soft calls into their nests where the chemical kills hundreds and hundreds of ticks breaking the cycle of tick population growth and effectively reducing the risk of exposure to Lyme disease by up to 97%.

You can make these tasty mice treats at home by either spraying cotton balls with equine bug spay that lists Permethrin as an

active ingredient, and/or buying some rotenone powder.

Take two ounces and dissolve in a gallon of water. Now take cotton balls, dunk them into the rotenone solution, and use tongs to place the soaked cotton balls at the end of your gardens, plantings, trees and wildlife edges. I suggest you do this at dusk to try to make sure your dog or cat can’t play with the cotton balls. In the morning, take a look at where you cotton balls were. Just about all will be gone.

Now the rotenone soaked cotton

kills the ticks on the mice as the mice sleep away. Keeping the ticks off mice will protect you far better than shooting neighborhood deer.

Not only that, but some people don’t realize that although deer carry huge number of ticks over great distances spreading Lyme geographically, research has shown that more infected ticks are produced by “reservoir animals” (animals that actually infect ticks with the disease – deer do not) such as small animals like squirrels, chipmunks and most

especially -

75% of Lyme is projected to be infected into ticks from common white footed mice.

According to

“Yardeners Plant Problem Solver”

:  “This concept is certainly attractive in that it is environmentally very specific and safe. Tests on Long Island, NY have shown that Damminix will reduce the number of infected deer ticks by more than 90% year after year.”

and;

say:”Sprays have little effect on ticks, since ticks prefer areas that are dark and moist, it is difficult to actually get the chemical on the ticks. Not to mention most chemicals that kill ticks, harm wildlife as well. Damminix tick tubes can reach and kill deer ticks, before they are infected with the disease.”

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4 Responses to Protect Your Home From Lyme – Treat Mice With Cotton Balls

  1. SUESAN says:

    FOUND TWO TICKS IN MY HOME. DON’T NO WHERE THEY CAME FROM, MAYBE WINDOWS? HOW DO I NOT HAVE THEM IN MY HOME. I HAVE A CAT AND DOG. THEY BOTH DO NOT GO OUT. WHAT TO DO?

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi Susan -
      I hate to tell you, but they probably hitched a ride on you or even a visiting friend. Could you have a mouse living in your basement? Try the tick tubes just to be on the safe side.

      Blessings,
      Jenna

  2. Eldon Winston says:

    Hi,

    Read about the rotenone soaked cotton balls but was unclear if the cotton balls were put out wet or first dried an then put out. Also when handling any poison wearing vinyl or nitrile gloves either the medical thin types or the thicker chemical resistant type is good as one never knows when you will make a slip up and get splashed or sprayed.

    Seems like an interesting information source you have and I am looking forward to reading more of your subjects.

    I just signed up for the monthly newsletter.

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi Eldon,
      Thanks for writing – great question. The cotton balls will not be attractive to the mice if they are wet, so DRY is the way they should be used. Also, beware of your pets. It is better to put them around the house just as the sun is going down when you have your pets in the house for the night. In most cases you will find the cotton balls gone in the morning.

      Blessings,
      Jenna

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