Your yard should be something you can enjoy. When bugs invade your lawn problems arise, turning what should be a luxury into an annoyance. Some of the most prominent and problematic bugs that can easily ruin your day and possibly your health are ticks. Ticks are unwanted pests that can make it almost impossible to enjoy your backyard. Ticks aren’t just annoying, they’re dangerous to your health. If you or a loved one get a tick bite, they can be difficult to remove safely, and serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis may follow.
Don’t let the threat of ticks ruin your yard. It’s time to stop them in their tracks so that your yard can stay safe and fun all season long, and that begins with understanding ticks and the best ways to get rid of them.
Where are ticks hiding?
When you find a tick in your yard or on your body, you have a problem. A simple rule of thumb is that if you see one, there’s probably a lot more you don’t see.
Just because you don’t see ticks in your yard, it doesn’t mean that they’re not there. Ticks are small creatures and can easily stay out of view if you’re not actively looking for ticks. So then the question becomes, where are those pesky little insects hiding?
Dense shrubs and landscaping can be a breeding ground for ticks. Areas that are hidden by decks and porches, low-hanging trees with lots of cover, sheds, and other structures that provide shade and a cool, moist environment are a perfect hiding place for ticks.
What diseases do ticks carry?
Ticks can carry many different diseases, many of them serious, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis. Experts are seeing more and more illnesses that may be fatal if they are not treated right away.
What attracts ticks to your yard?
Ticks are certainly a nuisance, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere.
One thing to know about ticks is that they are parasites. They feed off of other living things, and that means they go where the animals are. If you have pets, the chances of your yard becoming infested with ticks only increases. Cats and dogs can act like magnets to ticks as they provide an easy and available food source for them. That’s why you should always check your pets for ticks as that can be the first clear sign that you have a problem.
If at all possible, try to keep animals away from those places where ticks are most likely to be hiding. There are some animals, though, that you don’t have control over.
Wild animals like deer, squirrels, raccoons, and some types of birds can also bring ticks to your yard. If you live in an area where animals routinely travel through your property, you’ll need to be extra vigilant for signs of ticks.
What are some simple ways to prevent ticks?
Part of the fight against ticks comes down to prevention, and there are some easy ways to keep ticks from becoming a problem.
One easy method is to always mow your lawn so that the grass is relatively short, 3” grass height. Longer grass gives ticks a cool, shady spot to hide. Short grass exposes them to the heat, something they don’t like at all.
At the same time, make sure your yard is free of debris. Fallen leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and more can all contribute to the spread of ticks. By removing this debris, ticks will have difficulty thriving.
You may also create a basic barrier to keep out the ticks. This can be done by placing down gravel or wood chips between your lawn and any nearby woods. The landscaping barrier should be about 3-feet wide and is very effective at stopping ticks from invading your home. When treating your yard for ticks, barriers are tough to beat.
Get help with your tick problem
Sometimes you just want a professional to take care of the hard work of tick control.
The lawn professionals from Lawn Doctor will work with you to reduce the threat of ticks and leave you enjoying your lawn day in and day out. We are confident that you will love the results. If at any time you are dissatisfied with your yard treatments, we will work to reapply treatments or refund the amount of your last service. Treating your yard with Yard Armour® Mosquito Control means your yard will be a relaxing space for you and your loved ones.
Don’t let ticks stop you from safely enjoying the yard you worked so hard for.
If you are interested in tick barrier spray in your yard or other Yard Armour® treatment options contact your local Lawn Doctor professional at 800-845-0580 or fill out a contact form today.
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