Get Rid of Ticks in Massachusetts with Tick Prevention

Hiking is getting more and more frustrating. Tick control has become harder in our own yards, let alone out in the woods. Knowledge about tick prevention and how to get rid of ticks is now a must. The diseases transmitted by ticks can debilitate someone for a lifetime, so use repellents and check for ticks after a hike.

What is the best tick prevention?

Tick prevention is best achieved with a chemical repellent containing DEET, permethrin, or picaridin. DEET is safe to apply. A lot of studies have been done on this. It’s effective against ticks and mosquitoes, and it isn’t dangerous to humans in the quantity we use in repellent. You can apply it directly to the skin. Just avoid cuts and make sure not to ingest it. Picaridin can also be used on skin, and often comes in lotions.

Permethrin should only be applied to the outside of clothes and boots. It should not go directly on skin.

Is there tick prevention for pets?

Remember to check with a vet before applying any repellent to pets. Because pets clean themselves by licking their fur, they can easily ingest repellents – that is dangerous. There are medicines, collars, and a range of preventative measures for pets, but they vary by breed. A veterinarian is the only person who can tell you how you should protect your pets from ticks in a safe way. A simple phone call to your vet should get you this information.

How can I practice tick control on my property?

Cutting back overgrown sections of your property and removing leaf litter are effective in tick control. Ticks like to hide in tall grasses and overgrowth. If you have a large property, it can often be nice to have a wilder section on it. This is fine. Just be aware that you practice tick prevention when you go into it and that you check yourself for ticks afterward.

Using wood chips is useful to create barriers between your lawn or garden and a wooded area. A 3-foot area of wood chips should prevent tick migration.

How do I get rid of ticks on my property?

If you already have ticks, cleaning up the property and removing overgrowth and leaf litter is the best way to solve the problem in the long-term. In the short-term, you may need a thorough treatment by a pest control specialist to kill off the ticks that are already present. To get rid of ticks, you need to treat the ones that are there, while preventing additional ticks from simply taking their place.

What about this new, swarming tick?

If you’ve heard news of a new, swarming tick, it is real. It is an exotic species of tick that has been found in New Jersey. They swarm by the hundreds. This tick has yet to make it to Massachusetts. It may find its way in a few years, but for now we’re safe from swarming ticks, at least. There is still news of hikers walking a mile in the woods and finding 20 of our own Massachusetts ticks on them, so always check after a hike.

If you need tick control in your yard, contact Ransford today to learn about our tick reduction program.

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