A lot of people think that ticks are a “deep woods” problem. They’re mainly an issue for campers and hikers and other folks who spend a lot of time under the trees. In reality, most tick bites happen a lot closer to home than you might like to believe.
Ticks are more than just an annoyance. They carry diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babeseosis and Lyme Disease. These can cause long-term health issues that may become serious. Staying safe from ticks is no small matter and your yard could be the source of the problem.
To help cut back on backyard ticks, eliminate their habitats. You need to figure out what they like and what the animals that carry them like as well. Then you can take action to get rid of ticks.
Just about any wild animal can carry ticks. Birds, raccoons, deer, squirrels, mice and most other vermin are known to carry ticks as well as fleas. Don’t create a habitat for these pests. Take action to exclude and eliminate all types of pests. Call your professional pest control company to help you make sure these kinds pests aren’t the source of your tick problem.
To get rid of ticks that have already jumped off of their host, start tackling your yard issues. Ticks like shady spots, long grasses, brush, wood piles and leaf litter. Chances are you have at least one of these on your property, no matter how big or small. Try these tips to cut back on the tick count in your yard.
- Keep the grass clipped. Ticks are most likely to hang out on longer grasses while waiting on a likely host to walk close enough to hitch a ride. Keeping your grass short is one way to make things a little less hospitable to ticks.
- Prune the shrubs. Letting light in makes ticks uncomfortable so trim the shrubs on a regular schedule.
- Keep the wood pile far from the patio or deck. It might take a few more steps when you need wood but having the wood pile in a less trafficked area will lessen your exposure to ticks.
- Clean up the leaf litter. Yes it’s a pain to rake leaves all year but leaf litter is prime tick territory. Keep it clean to get rid of ticks.
- Make a barrier between lawn and woods. If you have a wooded or natural area on a large property, make a gravel, rough mulch or wood chip barrier at least 3 feet wide where your yard meets the woods. Ticks won’t want to make the journey across because it leave them exposed to predators and the elements.
Getting rid of ticks in your yard will reduce the risk of a dangerous tick bite for you and your family. It’s worth the time and effort.