As the warmer months approach, you likely spend more time outdoors, especially on your lawn. Unfortunately, living in an area with high numbers of ticks can ruin any outdoor festivities. Keeping ticks at bay is a matter of using the right products and having a well-maintained lawn.
1. Do Routine Lawn Maintenance
Depending on the exact climate, you might need to perform lawn maintenance once or twice per week, especially if your grass grows quickly. It is important to keep your grass cut as low as possible. You are more likely to contact a tick if you walk through high grass. When you keep a manicured lawn, there are fewer places ticks can hide. Do not allow any lawn clippings or dead leaves to linger on your property. Set aside a time each week to go through and either throw away debris or place appropriate lawn clippings in compost. If you have a garden, try to find a dedicated space for your plants where it is easy to keep the surrounding space mowed and clean.
2. Set A Perimeter
Installing a high-quality fence can also help with preventing ticks. Your fence can prevent wild animals from roaming through the property and bringing ticks with them. When you live near a wooded area, you should choose a fence with privacy screening. Since these fences are generally taller and have little to no space between the slats, few animals can make it through or across the fence. If you cannot install a fence and your property is located near a wooded area, try creating a different type of barrier with gravel or stone. Although this will not prevent animals from crossing into your yard, ticks will be less inclined to travel from the wooded area onto your property.
3. Spray Your Property
In addition to maintaining your property, one of your best defenses against ticks is to have your property regularly treated with a pesticide. Of course, you can perform this yourself and select among the many products available at retail. As with any pesticide, it can be difficult to tackle the problem on your own. Products available at the store are rarely strong enough, and over time, ticks can become immune to the substance. Ideally, you should have this done by a professional to tackle the initial problem and to maintain your property. This reduces the likelihood of ineffective treatment with pesticides that only makes the problem harder to treat later.
Ticks can ruin the outdoor experience for everyone, not only because their bites can be painful, but certain types carry serious diseases. Routine pesticide treatments and maintaining your property can prevent ticks from becoming a problem. Contact your local tick control service for more information and assistance.