Ticks are a serious problem for both humans and animals. For example, in the United States alone, 36% of Lyme disease cases can be attributed to tick bites. A single tick bite could also spread other diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, or babesiosis.
If you want to keep ticks out of your yard and away from your family members, here are a few simple steps you can take.
The most important step you can take is to use a repellent. There are many different types of tick repellents on the market, so you should be able to find one that works well for you. Some contain DEET, while others use essential oils such as rosemary or lemongrass. Whatever base you choose, make sure you’re using natural tick repellent for the yard as much as possible. This is important, as some chemical-based ones can be harmful to both you and the environment, especially if you have pets and children around, and nowadays it is easy to find eco-friendly repellents.
On the other hand, prevention spray can be applied to pets, clothing, and shoes before going outside into tick-infested habitats. Granules can also be sprinkled on the lawn to help deter ticks.
Remove Tall Grass
Another way to keep ticks away is to remove any tall grass, leaves, or brush from around your home. This will make it difficult for ticks to find a place to hide, and they will eventually move on. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional to help you.
Therefore, a well-manicured lawn is an essential part of tick prevention. They need high grass to be able to attach to the victim and feed on blood. Keeping your lawn trimmed and free of debris will make it difficult for ticks to live in your yard, and hopefully reduce the number of bites you or your family members receive.
It is also important to note that tick season varies depending on where you live. In some parts of the country, they are most active during the summer, while in others they are a problem all year long. So be sure to be vigilant about checking for ticks any time you go outside, especially if you’re going to be in a tick-infested area.
Keep Tick-Eaters in Your Garden
If you already have ticks in your yard or live in an area with a high population of ticks, you can also try to keep tick-eating animals in your garden. These include robins, blue jays, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons… and there are a few things you can do to encourage these animals to live in your yard. One is to provide them with a food source, such as a bird feeder or a place where they can find insects.
With these animals around, it helps to reduce the population and lower the risk of tick-borne diseases.
Prevention is the best way to deal with ticks, and by following these simple tips, you can help keep them out of your yard and away from your family. For more information, be sure to consult your local health department or veterinarian. They will be able to give you more specific advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks and the diseases they carry.