If you and your family spend a lot of time outdoors, you could get ticks on you. If you have pets, ticks love them even more. Some ticks can make you sick, and there are thousands of people in the United States that get a tick-borne disease each year. You could also get an infection in the area where you are bit. To prevent all of this from happening, there are many things you can do to keep ticks out of your yard, three of which are listed below.
Mow the Grass
Ticks love to hide in brush and tall grass, especially around the edge of your lawn. To prevent this from happening, you need to mow your lawn each time it needs it. Make sure you mow closely around your trees, as some ticks like to stay in these areas. Some trees are more susceptible to ticks, such as cedar trees. Ticks will not climb far up into a tree and jump out of it, however.
When you finish mowing, do not leave the litter, such as the grass clippings and leaves, on the ground, as this gives the ticks a place to hide. Instead, bag them up and throw this debris into the garbage can. This debris can be used as a soil amendment in your flower or vegetable garden. Once dried, grass clipping and leaves can be used as mulch to help soil retain water and keep weeds away.
Keep Trees Trimmed
Hire a tree trimming service to trim any trees that need it. This will help prevent more leaves from falling to the ground, as well as dead branches. Trimming trees also keeps your trees healthy. For example, if the crown of the tree gets too thick, the sun cannot get through it to provide much needed sunlight to the rest of the tree. Trimming trees also gets rid of any branches that may be diseased and fall to the ground and keeps the trees at a reasonable shape and size.
Spray Your Yard
If you have a bad problem with ticks, you can purchase a spray on the market that is made specifically to kill ticks. Spray this solution in the morning so the sun does not dry it up too quickly, and spray it on a day when there is no rain in the forecast. You will have to reapply the spray throughout the season. How often this is depends on the product you purchase.
If you do not want to spray your lawn yourself, hire a pest control company in your area, such as Greenwood Tree Experts, to do this job for you. They have stronger chemicals than what you could purchase on the market. Also, check your kids and dogs closely after a day outside and remove any ticks that you find on them immediately.