Tick Dragging

Tick dragging is a easy method used to determine if ticks are in an area of concern. 

To make a tick drag you will need:

  1. A white cloth approximately 3 feet by 6 feet

  2. 2 pieces of a wood dowel or plastic pluming pipe approximately 40 inches long

  3. Drill with a 1/4 inch drill bit

  4. Duct tape

  5. 6 feet of twine

  6. Insect repellent


To assemble the drag:

  1. Attach the 40 inch wooden dowel (or plastic piping) across each side of the 3 foot end of a cloth and secure with duct tape.

  2. Drill a small hole approximately 1 inch in on each end of only one of the dowels (or plactic pipe). Thread the twine in the hole and tie a knot.


Before sampling your property it is important that you apply insect repellent and wear shoes, socks and long pants. Take ahold of the middle of the twine and drag the cloth behind you as you walk at a moderate pace. Walk through the environment ensuring that as much of the drag cloth as possible remains in contact with the ground and vegetation. Check your clothing and the drag cloth approximately every 40 to 50 paces for ticks. Spray the ticks that are on the drag cloth with an insecticide labeled to kill ticks. This will give you a good idea of the tick population on your property.

Omega Pest Management offers tick and mosquito treatments that will help protect your family and pets and allow you to take control of your yard. 

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