How to Prevent Ticks in 3 Easy Steps
Hoping to avoid tick problems this Fall? You’re not alone. For many, tick prevention is at the top of their pest control concerns. Learning both how to prevent ticks from coming into your yard, as well as how to prevent ticks from attaching themselves to you when you’re out and about, are important. Fortunately, it’s not that complicated. In fact, both of your tick control concerns can be taken care of with these three easy steps.
Step 1: Maintain Landscape
Preventing ticks from ever coming into your yard can be as easy as a bit of simple landscaping. Start by creating a tick-free zone. Get rid of any leaf litter you have on your property, and make sure you don’t have any tall grasses or brush around your home or at the edge of your yard. Mow on a regular basis and, if you have wood for a fireplace, keep it stacked neatly in a dry area. Finally, get rid of any trash in your yard that might give ticks a hiding place.
Step 2: Create a Barrier
Once you’ve cleaned up your yard, the next step is to create a physical barrier the ticks won’t cross. You can typically do this by adding a three-foot path of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and any wooded area around your property. This will help keep the ticks out, as well as unwelcome animals like deer and raccoons that may drag ticks into your yard.
Step 3: Use Protection
Beyond making sure your yard won’t play host to any ticks this year, you should protect yourself and your pets both when you’re in the yard and when you’re out and about. Make sure you’ve taken your pets to the vet for a good tick protection product. You should do the same for yourself by using a DEET based repellent and wearing long sleeves and long pants when you’re in the woods. Be sure you tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants. Lighter colors will help you spot any ticks before they latch onto your body.
If you’re concerned your tick prevention efforts in the yard this year just aren’t enough to do the job, contact us. Ransford Pest will help eliminate any current tick problems and give you a few tips on how you can keep them at bay in the future.