Tick! Tick! Tick! Why so many ticks and what can I do about it? When we in the Springfield and Cape Girardeau Missouri areas have a good crop of acorns and other nuts in the fall, rodents thrive. Since ticks feed on such hosts, the result is a hearty crop of ticks the following summer. Lawn treatments with insecticide are a good way to deal with ticks in a lawn or other limited area. If your activities take you beyond those boundaries, there is still a good way to protect yourself: Treat your clothing in advance using Permanone (A.I. Permethrin). This product is more effective than DEET against ticks and chiggers. After you’ve been in areas where you might pick up ticks, be sure to check yourself for any that may have gotten past your repellant.