Tick Management Tips For Your Yard

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Ticks can pose a major concern, especially if they are infesting your yard. Not only can their bite be uncomfortable, they also carry diseases like anaplasmosis. You don't have to spend a lot of time outdoors to be exposed to ticks – they can be brought into the home on pets or you may pick one up simply walking through your yard. The following tips can help you control the amount of ticks in your landscape.

Tip #1: A Clean Sweep

Ticks can hide in the natural litter that can build up in a yard. Keep leaves and plant debris cleaned up. Also, make sure to pull out dead plants promptly and don't allow tall grass or weeds to encroach onto the landscape. If you compost, do so in a closed compost container. Keep wood piles stacked neatly and away from play or relaxation areas in the yard. Also, avoid stowing trash, like old furniture, outside, since ticks can hide in these items.

Tip #2: Set the Barrier

There are two safe barriers to consider setting in your yard. A tall fence will keep out deer and other wildlife, which sometimes carry ticks into new areas – like your yard. It's also a good idea to spread a 3-foot wide barrier of mulch around the perimeter of your yard, or between the area of your yard that you use for play or entertaining and any wooded areas. This can help prevent the ticks from moving into the used area of the lawn.

Tip #3: Maintenance Matters

Long grass is another invitation to ticks, so regular mowing is a must. You also want to edge regularly so there is no long grass. Keep tree branches trimmed back so they don't overhang the house or the most used areas of the lawn. Your goal is to keep long grass, weeds, and overhanging trees away from play sets, seating areas, and other lawn spots that see a lot of use by you and your family.

Tip #4: The Ultimate Weapon

If ticks do make their way into your lawn, you still have options. There are pesticides made especially for ticks, which are called acaricides. Acaricides usually require only one application per year – in early summer when the pests are just beginning to breed. Sometimes a fall application is also advised, to kill any remaining adults before they hibernate for the year. Fewer adults in fall means less breeding and new ticks in spring. Call a local pest control company for more information on ridding your lawn of ticks with the use of acaricides.

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3 August 2015