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How to Get Rid of Ticks in Your Yard

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Ticks cause homeowners a lot of distress, especially in the summer. If you have a pet that loves to play in the yard, you risk bringing ticks indoors. Ticks carry Lyme Disease, which is one of the primary reasons you do not want them anywhere near or around you. You need to get rid of ticks.

What are ticks by the way? Before we tell you about the different methods you can get rid of them and prevent them in the future, you should learn a little more about these tiny insects.

About Ticks

Ticks are often mistaken as insects, but are in fact, arachnids. Yes, they are part of the spider family! Just like their scary eight-legged relative, they too have eight legs. Another wrong assumption about ticks people have is that they jump, fly, and drop down from trees.

To feed, they need to suck the blood from birds, mammals, and reptiles. If you receive a tick bite, you need to visit the doctor, as it can affect your health negatively due to their parasitic behavior. The common places where you can find ticks include trees, overgrown grass, and shrubs.

5 Methods to Get Rid of Ticks

It’s time to say goodbye to ticks in your yard by taking measures to eliminate them for good. Here are a few tested methods to remove ticks from your yard:

  1. Treat Your Yard with Pesticides

You can use pesticides to kill the ticks present in your yard. You can spray Bifen Granules in your yard. This pesticide solution will protect your yard for up to ninety days. You can create a barrier around your yard to prevent ticks from crossing into your yard by using Reclaim IT Insecticide.

  1. Treat Your Yard with Organic Solutions

Garlic works great as a tick repellent. It keeps ticks away from your yard. However, it does not kill ticks, but they will not go near a place which has garlic. You can spray garlic water all over your yard, including your bushes. You can also create a barrier around your yard using food-grade DE. It is a white powder, made of fossilized phytoplankton. When ticks cross it, they will die.

  1. Look After Your Pets

When your pets go outside into the yard, they can easily bring in ticks into the house, dropping them wherever they go. You can prevent ticks from using your pet as their food source by treating the yard or a specific area more prone to ticks with chemical solutions. You can also treat the area with urine, human hair, hot sauce, and ammonia.

If your pet comes home with ticks, you can treat them using Petcor Flea Spray, designed to kill flea larvae and eggs on cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies. Martins Prefurred Plus Flea Treatment for Cats kills ticks and fleas in one hour and continues to eliminate them for one month. Martins Prefurred Plus for Dogs kills fleas and ticks for up to four weeks.

  1. Try Landscaping Techniques

You can create a no tick zone by keeping the grass short and trimmed and remove weeds. You can even create a three foot blockade using gravel or mulch. This will make it difficult for ticks to crawl through the barrier and into your yard.

  1. Set Up a Birdbath or a Bird Feeder

You need to install a birdbath or a bird feeder in your yard because birds feast on ticks and fleas. If you want to give birds a meal, you need to mow your grass to the perfect height that attracts ticks and fleas. You can also plant plants and ground covers that attract them. This is not a recommended method if you are unable to maintain the birdbath or bird feeder, as you risk a tick infestation if you are unable to attract to your yard.

Preventing a Tick Infestation

If you want to prevent future tick infestations, you need to take care of your yard. You need to remove leaves cluttered on the ground, trim overgrown bushes and trim tall grasses, place wood chips between wooded areas and lawns to prevent ticks from entering your yard, and mow your lawn frequently.

Other measures you can take include placing a stack of woods in a dry area to prevent rodents carrying ticks, keeping patio, playground equipment, and decks away from trees and edges of the yard. Construct a fence around your yard to prevent deer, stray dogs, and raccoons from coming into your yard, as they may carry ticks.

You also need to remove any old mattress and furniture you have placed in your yard, as ticks use them to hide. If you see any debris or trash in your yard, remove it. By storing trash like piles of leaves, freshly cut grass, and sticks, you are encouraging a tick infestation.

Lastly, you need to increase the amount of sunlight your yard receives. Ticks thrive in environments with high humidity and moisture. You need to prune tree limbs and remove other shades in your yard to allow sunlight in and decrease the tick population. Examine your yard to see if it receives sufficient amounts of sunlight or not.

If you are dealing with a tick infestation, you can use the methods here to get rid of them from your yard. Once the ticks are all gone, you can take preventive measures to ensure they do not return to your yard.

 

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