Ticks in your yard can put you and your family at risk for being bitten and possibly contracting Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To help reduce the chances of tick bites, follow these simple property management practices:
- Mow your lawn on a regular basis. Ticks like to hide in tall grass and wait for a host to latch on to.
- Remove leaf debris and keep garden beds clean and dry.
- Prune shrubs and bushes so they aren’t extending into walk areas where people or pets will brush up against them.
- Keep ground covers to a minimum, as ticks like to hide there.
- Avoid shady areas; ticks like the shade because they can’t tolerate heat.
- Create a natural barrier around your property using gravel or wood chips. These areas will be hot and dry and make navigation difficult for the tick.
- Keep pets out of wooded areas as much as possible.
- Try to keep deer out of the yard as they are the preferred host of deer ticks.
- Grow plants with a strong odor or essential oil such as lavender, lemon balm, or marigolds. Here’s a list of good mosquito repellent plants that also help repel ticks.
- If you have a wood pile, keep it neat and in a sunny area. Remember, moist wood and shade is a tick magnet.
- Hire a professional applicator such as Tick Ranger® to apply a natural tick repellent to your property.
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