Johnson Group Ticks Control
Service since 1947 - The Johnson Group Ticks Management Systems
Hygienitech® UV-C Tick Killing Machine- Chemical-free way to eliminate tick adults, larvae, dust mites & bacteria etc
Green Pesticide- Dustmitex® (Borate-based) Spray. Extremely safe to humans, pets and non-target insects
- BugDefence™ 100% Natural Insect Repellent Spray (Plant based) can provide a long-lasting deterrent to ticks and other blood-sucking insects
Safe-Pro-Lok Ticks Trap detects ticks and attracts both adult bugs and instar nymphs. This is a cost effective product to provide long-term monitoring program
Brundle® Steaming Machine & Karcher Carpet Extraction Machine to eliminate ticks & their breeding sources
Satisfaction guaranteed. Caring your family is our top priority, we provide 90 days satisfaction guaranteed after initial treatment
Caring for your family, home and the environment is our business
(Soft Tick (Argasidae) - photo captured by William of Johnson Group)
Hard Tick (Ixodidae) - photo captured by William of Johnson Group)
Common ticks found in HK includes Rhipicephalus sanguineous (Brown dog tick) and Boophilus microplus and they belong to the family IXODIDAE with size around 1/8" (dark brown to black color). Ticks are efficient vectors of number of serious dieases of humans and domestic animals i.e. Q fever and boutonneuse fever etc. Ticks are arthropods, like spiders. Ticks occur in two basic forms and are thus divided into two famialies: Ixodidae (Hard tick), and Argasidae (Soft tick). Hard and soft, when describing ticks, refers to presence or absence of a hard plate on their back, called scutum. Ticks are bloodsucking ectoparasites of mammals, reptiles and birds.
All ticks have four life stages: the egg and three parasitic stages that feed on the blood of vertebrates, two immature stages (larva and nymph), and the adult stage. Brown dog tick female lays from a few hundred to more than 5000 eggs in cracks and crevices. The six-legged larvae hatch after the eggs have incubated for 40-60 days. To moult to the next stage, the larval tick must obtain a blood meal (eight-legged nymphal stages, and an eight-legged adult stage).
Once a suitable host is found, the larvae will blood feed for 4-6 days, drop from the host and moult to the eight-legged nymphal stage. Nymphs require a further blood meal for 4-8 days before moulting to the adult stage. After feeding once more, the adult female hard ticks lay one batch of thousands of eggs and then die. The time to completion of the entire life cycle may vary from less than a year in tropical regions to over three years in cold climates, where certain stages may enter diapause until hosts are again available. Many hard ticks can go for several months without feeding if not unduly duressed by environmental conditions.
The time to completion of the entire life cycle may vary from less than a year in tropical regions to over three years in cold climates, where certain stages may enter diapause until hosts are again available. Many hard ticks can go for several months without feeding if not unduly duressed by environmental conditions.
Problems associated with ticks
Ticks are blood feeding external parasites of mammals, birds, and reptiles throughout the world. Approximately 850 species have been described worldwide (Furman and Loomis 1984). There are two well established families of ticks, the Ixodidae (hard ticks), and Argasidae (soft ticks). Both are important vectors of disease causing agents to humans and animals throughout the world. Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens of any blood sucking arthropod, including bacteria, rickettsiae, protozoa, and viruses. Some human diseases of current interest in the United States caused by tick-borne pathogens include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, rocky mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and tick-borne relapsing fever.
Dogs are susceptible to Lyme disease and may develop arthritis or lameness, lethargy, loss of appetite, disease of the lymph nodes, or other clinical conditions after being infected. Other animals including cats, horses, and livestock can become infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, but rarely develop clinical signs. Consult a veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has Lyme disease, or if you wish to consider protecting your dog(s) with one of the commercially available canine Lyme disease vaccines. Highly effective pesticide-impregnated tick collars also are available to protect dogs that are exposed to tick-infested environments.
Hard Tick (Ixodidae) - photo captured by William of Johnson Group)
There is no better defense against ticks than a tailor-made treatment plan from Johnson Group
The best method of avoiding ticks is to stay away from known tick infested areas. If visiting such areas, wears light coloured clothing, as ticks will be much easier to detect. Trousers should be tucked into socks and shirts into pants. Natural repellent likes Bug Defence™ solution can be applied, with this repellent applied to the footwear and clothing.
All clothing should be removed on returning home and placed into a hot dryer for 20 minutes, which will kill any ticks that may still be on the clothing. Note that ticks can wander on the body for some two hours before attaching, make sure you search well for ticks, especially behind the ears and on the back of the head. Children and pets should be examined for ticks after visiting bushland/infested areas.
The Paralysis tick is very susceptible to dry conditions and so decreasing moisture can lessen their impact. Turn on dehumidifier or air-conditioner especially in Spring and Summer.
Thoroughly and regularly clean areas where adult ticks, tick larvae, and tick eggs are found. Vacuum floors, rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and crevices around baseboards and cabinets daily. Use a small pair of curved forceps or tweezers.
If possible, wear some sort of hand protection such as gloves so you don't spread bacteria from the tick to your hands. Using the tweezers, carefully flip the tick over onto its back. Grasp the tick firmly with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Apply gentle pulling until the tick comes free. Twisting or turning the tick does not make removal easier because the mouthparts are barbed, not spiraled. Once removed, don't crush the tick because you may transmit disease. Rinse it down a sink or flush it down a toilet.
Ask for help from our Pest Management Professionals
The key to a successful control programme is to thoroughly treat all of the cracks, crevices and walls where ticks hide. Initial infestations tend to be around pets's resting areas, but the bugs may eventually become scattered throughout a room, occupying any crevice or walls. They can even move under walls to adjacent rooms. Treating all of the hiding areas and cracks is the key to getting rid of ticks. All infested areas need to be retreated at least 2-3 times within the next three months.
The Johnson Group Ticks Management System
Except the 60 years proven track records, the Johnson Group also equips the most innovative and exclusive technology in ticks management. We delivers the world's best value in ticks control. You’ll receive written specifications, an inspection report and customized treatment programs after your consultation/inspection. During warranty period, if bugs happen to return following your treatment, we promise to re-treat the problem at no additional charge.
Hygienitech® UV-C Bugs Killing Machine
(Non-chemical measures are particularly useful in dealing with bugs associated with beds and bedding)
The Hygienitech UV-C Bugs Killing Machine combines high frequency, pulsating waves, incredible suction and is able to kill and extract adult bugs, instar nymphs and eggs and other harmful organisms that accumulates in your mattresses.
(Hygienitech® UV-C Tick Killing Machine, equipped with UV-C and super vacuum power, able to remove ticks and their larvae)
Karcher & Brundle® Professional Steam Machine
Professional Steam Machine is another alternative that can be employed effectively as a control option. The unit reaches temperatures around 100℃ and is more than sufficient to kill ticks upon contact. Besides, the use of steam unit is commonly adopted to remove breeding sources.
(Steam Machine is more than sufficient to kill ticks upon contact)
Karcher Puzzi 400 & Vibra-Vac Spray-extraction cleaner
Extraction steam cleaning of your carpet/rug ensures a more presentable appearance. The extraction mechanism ensures bugs and eggs within the carpet are being removed thoroughly.
In keeping our words "No traditional pesticide at your bedding". Our Pest Management Professionals have hand-selected plant-based and inorganic-based solutions for you to choose from.
Bug DeFence™ 100% Natural Insect Repellent Solution (Geraniol)
Bug DeFence™ is the industries first proprietary, university validated, FIFRA (25b) exempt repellent that creates a natural barrier between you and bugs.
Exclusively available only from Johnson Group. The Bug DeFence™ solution is an all-natural, concentrated formulation of essential oils blended with complementary surfactants, and oil-specific synergists. Its gentle lemon scent provides a long-lasting deterrent to flying and biting insects.
Features and Benefits of Bug DeFence™ Natural Repellent
- NOT an Insecticide
- Non Phytotoxic
- Rapidly repels flying and biting insects
- Skin Contact: Little to no effect, may irritate with long exposure
- Skin Absorption: May be slight
- Eye Contact: May irritate; will not cause permanent damage
- Inhalation: Little to no effect
- Ingestion: Little to no effect
- Health Hazards (Acute & Chronic): None
- Carcinogenicity: None
As a borate-based pesticide, Dustmitex® has a very low mammalian toxicity and targets specific pests. This reduces the impact on people, pets and non-target insects beneficial to the environment (such as butterflies and honeybees). Also, Dustmitex® is applied only where needed, further reducing any unnecessary impact to the rest of the environment. And since it is long-lasting, less product is required for a successful and effective Green Pest Management program.
Dustmitex®'s (EPA Reg. no. 67419-1) effect on target pests (dust mites, fleas, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches and ants) comes from the way the boron molecules in its active ingredient interfere with a pest’s metabolism. Because pests cannot excrete excess boron as humans can, the boron builds up in their systems and ultimately interrupts the normal chemical process of transforming food into energy. So, by ingesting Dustmitex®, the insect is unable to extract nutrition from its food and effectively starves to death. Humans, pets and other living things don’t share the risk because they are able to excrete excess boron from their bodies.
Features and Benefits of Dustmitex®
Proven to have low toxicity
Reviewed by the California EPA, it will not have significant exposure risk to humans, and is safe to pets as well
Ecology-based solution to the problems of controlling dust mites, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, ants and termites
Long term effectiveness in the lowering bugs population
Safe-Pro-Lok™ Ticks Trap
Safe-Pro-Lok Ticks Trap detects ticks in anywhere like home, hotels, transit and schools etc. The glue trap attracts both adult bugs and instar nymphs. Both our technicians and user can easily check to see if bugs have been detected and trapped. It is a cost effective product to provide long-term monitoring program. If a bug shows up, we can then arrange immediate action to eliminate the infestation.
**Reference sources: UC IPM Online