Steps for Homeowners to Reduce Ticks in Their Yard

By Organic Lawn Care

ng logoTicks are most prevalent in overgrown and wooded areas, but also live in lawns and shrubs and in areas around your home. Learning how to decrease ticks in your lawn and surrounding areas will help protect your family and pets from potentially harmful tick bites. Following the chemical free steps listed below will decrease the likelihood of you, your children and your pets being bitten by a tick.

 Modify your landscape-

-Clear out brush, leaves and nesting material left behind by birds or rodents, especially wood piles and stone walls.

-Mow frequently to keep grass and weeds cut short so ticks don’t have a place to thrive.

Keep wood piles and bird houses away from the house-

-Place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas.

-Keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.

Trim back trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight into the yard-

-Ticks prefer a cool, shady and damp environment. Sunlight and hot weather will help dry them out.

Carefully watch pet activity-

-Keeping dogs and cats away from wooded areas will help reduce the ticks brought into your home. 

Fence your yard-

-Fencing your yard will prevent larger animals, such as deer or coyotes, from passing through your backyard.

Clean thoroughly underneath bird feeders-

-Ticks can nest under feeders. By cleaning underneath feeders regularly you make it undesirable for them.

-Create your vegetable and flower gardens in the middle of large areas of open lawn.

-Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

Consider using an organic tick control treatment –

-Nature Guard offers tick control treatments that are chemical free including perimeter treatments and tick tubes. All methods of application are safe, effective and meet strict organic standards.

Check out the local Lyme’s Disease Awareness organization for additional information.