How to Prevent Ticks in Your Lawn This Summer
Four Things You Can Do
Ticks are not only pesky little creatures but also pose significant health risks to both humans and pets. These blood-sucking parasites can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis. As outdoor activities become more frequent this time of year, it is crucial to take proactive measures to prevent ticks in your lawn. By implementing a few simple practices, you can create an environment that’s unfriendly to ticks and allows you and your loved ones to enjoy the outdoors safely.
How to Prevent Ticks in Your Lawn
- Maintain Regular Lawn Maintenance: Ticks thrive in tall grass, so maintaining a shorter lawn reduces their habitat and makes your outdoor space less appealing to them. Also, remove any leaf litter, fallen branches, and tall weeds from your yard, as these provide hiding spots for ticks.
- Create a Tick Barrier: Create a barrier between your lawn and wooded areas. Consider installing a gravel or wood chip border to deter ticks from migrating into your yard from surrounding wooded areas.
- Implement Natural Tick Repellents: Consider planting tick-repellent plants, such as lavender, rosemary, or marigold, around your lawn’s perimeter. These plants emit natural scents that repel ticks. Similarly, essential oils like eucalyptus, cedar, and lemon can be used to create DIY tick-repellent sprays. Dilute a few drops of these oils in water and spray the solution around your lawn’s high-risk areas.
- Encourage Natural Predators: Attract natural tick predators, such as birds, to your yard by providing bird feeders and birdbaths, as they feed on this pest to help keep the population in control.
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Pest prevention begins right in your backyard. People often treat their pets first, but it’s also necessary to treat your lawn, where dogs, cats—and even you—can pick up the parasites. Call the lawn experts at Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape today at 765-771-9998 to protect your family from the potentially dangerous effects of tick bites.