Ticks are a common pest that can be found living in your yard, beneath porches, and sometimes even inside your home. These blood-sucking pests are active in every area of the country. Ticks can attach to their hosts and can feed for days as they burrow their head into the skin and become full of blood.
Along with potentially causing allergic reactions, ticks can transmit dangerous illnesses, which are harming to both humans and pets if bitten. The most prevalent diseases involved with ticks include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Colorado Tick Fever, African Cattle Disease, and Tularemia. Ticks carrying these illnesses can cause highly contagious bacterial infections with harsh symptoms.
Although most people associate ticks with summertime, they are just as active during autumn. Easily hidden and out of sight, ticks can get on your pets and make their way around your property.
Finding a population of ticks in your yard is frustrating, but fortunately, at-home pest control only requires simple, consistent maintenance.
Has your yard become a home to ticks? Here’s what you should do:
Clear Out Debris
Like many other pests, ticks are drawn to cluttered debris such as piles of bricks, brush, leaves, stones, and lumber. As we enter the fall season, be mindful of piles of leaves that accumulate over time. During this time of year ticks are actively searching for warm bodies, and debris in your yard provides a perfect habitat to reside and populate. Clean up any debris along the perimeter of your house and yard every couple of weeks. Don’t forget to clear out other areas such as patio furniture, under porches or decks, and along the fence line.
Trim Overgrown Foliage
Once you have cleaned up your yard, it’s time to trim overgrown tree branches, bushes, plants, and grass. Ticks prefer to stay in shady, moist areas, so keeping a consistent trimming schedule will allow more sunlight in to keep these areas dry. Pay close attention to overgrowing near or touching your home, kids’ playsets, and outdoor dog houses. The cleaner your landscape is, the easier it is to control these pests.
Depending on where you live and the type of soil that is in your yard, overwatering could be an invitation for ticks to reside. Pay attention to how often you are watering and how your landscape drains water. Some areas may collect stagnant water and become moister than others, creating the ideal breeding ground for ticks in your yard. If you can, extend the period of time in between each watering to let plants and greenery dry. Take notice of what type of plants hold more moisture, as they can potentially become a tick’s new home.
The best solution to ensure ticks do not come back to your home is by spraying your area with pesticides. By using a fogger such as our 3HP Backpack Fogger 3-in-1 Sprayer, not only can you protect your home, but you can also enhance prevention by using the backpack fogger as a leaf blower. Begin by using our backpack fogger to clean up debris and foliage, then complete the job by spraying any areas that ticks commonly show up.
Keeping ticks away from your yard, family, and pets simply requires a consistent strategy. To get more insight on at-home pest control, subscribe to our newsletter.