6 Easy Ways To Rid Your Lawn of Ticks
Chad Scroggins, a mosquito and tick expert and owner of Dynasty Pest Control in the Dallas area, shares some of his proven tips for eliminating the ticks.
Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks, and patios near treed areas.
Get rid of piles of brush, leaves, and grass where ticks like to hide. Also, mow your grass regularly so it won’t provide a shady shelter for pests.
PICK THE RIGHT PLANTS
Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Learn which plants deter deer from HGTV. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
CHECK HIDING PLACES
Check know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.
CARE FOR YOUR PETS
Family pets can suffer from tick bites and tick-borne diseases—and they can carry ticks into your house. Make sure to outfit your cats and dogs with tick collars, and don’t forget to spray them. Your veterinarian can recommend pest-control products.
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Professional tick control utilizes both barrier sprays that will eliminate adult ticks on contact as well as tick tubes. Strategically placed, tick tubes prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.