Ticks are, at the least, a nuisance, but at their most dangerous they can bring Lyme disease and other dangerous situations for you and your family. While there is no way to dispose of ticks while camping or away from home for other reasons, there are a few things you can do to keep your yard tick-free and safe for you and your family. Follow this guide to ensure ticks never bother you at home.
Clear Out Debris
Reduce your exposure to ticks by clearing away areas where your lawn and debris from trees or other foliage gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to not do well in sunny, dry areas. Locate your compost piles away from your children’s play areas or places where heavy foot traffic occurs. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Try not to position playground equipment, decks, or patios near areas with a lot of trees.
Clean The Lawn Frequently
Clean up around the house and lawn edges, eliminating leaf litter and brush in your yard. Mow your lawn often, keeping it short and preventing it from becoming tall and shady. Ticks will thrive if your lawn grows too long.
Choose The Proper Plants
Plants and shrubs that are attractive to deer can lead to a higher tick population. Choose greenery that deer will avoid, or at least set up barriers that will prevent deer from getting into your yard or to the plants. Your local nursery will know which plants are best for your area and your unique situation.
Check Hiding Places Often
Know where ticks will hide in your yard and check those places often. No yard is without problem spaces, but if you keep up on checking those spots, you can better control the population of ticks and maybe even prevent them from growing in number. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are popular hiding spots, so making sure they are clear should be a high priority for you if you want to control the tick population.
Do Not Neglect Your Pets
Pets can not only suffer from tick-based diseases, but can also carry those infected ticks into your home. Check with your veterinarian, then use approved tick collars and sprays to ensure your pet stays tick-free. Be sure to follow the directions carefully so you can ensure the materials are as effective as they can possibly be.
Use A Professional Service
If your tick problem is too much for you to handle or you are simply not feeling up to the task, calling a professionalto help you is your best option available. With years of experience, a professional can help eliminate any ticks already around your living area and give you many tips on preventing the population from growing any larger.