Ticks In Your Backyard? Call Pest Control & Take These Preventative Measures
According to the Centers for Disease Control, diseases from ticks have increased. If your property borders a wooded area, you're at an increased risk of having a tick infestation in your yard. While ticks can't jump like fleas can, they can hitch rides on wildlife and take a ride to your yard or migrate there on their own.
If ticks have already infested your yard, you'll need a professional pest control service to get rid of them with pesticides. But, you'll also need to take preventative measures to keep ticks from infesting your yard in the future. Here's what to do.
Keep Your Yard Mowed
Another thing to make sure you do is to keep your grass cut short. Ticks like tall grass and the shade that tall grass gives them. What's also important to understand about tall grass is that ticks climb up to the end of a blade of grass to quest, which means they wait with their front legs open and ready to grasp onto any animal or human that comes by. By keeping your grass cut short, you are not giving them the ability to quest. That way, if more ticks do end up in your yard, you're effectively reducing their ability to latch on to anyone or any pet.
Check Your Yard for Ticks
Before you host a gathering in your yard or send your kids out to play, check your yard for ticks. You can do this by attaching a towel to a stick and dragging the towel over your yard in areas where you suspect ticks are. If you still find ticks after taking preventative measures, consult with a pest control company for more help.
Protect Your Perimeter
Ticks like tall grass, shade, and moisture. So, create an area between your yard and the wooded area that is the opposite of what they prefer: no grass, no shade, and dry. One of the best ways to do this is with a strip of dry mulch about about two-three feet wide. Do not get the shredded kind of mulch. The kind you want is the dry and made from bark or wood chips.
Another way you can protect your perimeter is by having a pest control company regularly spray around the perimeter of your property, or at least the parts that border the wooded areas. The amount of times this should be done during the year largely depends on your geographical location, area wildlife, and weather conditions. For more information, get in touch with companies like Alliance Pest Management, Inc.