Treating your yard for ticks is a good way to ensure that your family and pets do not encounter them. All it takes is a few ticks to lay several thousand eggs a piece for you to have a massive tick infestation in your yard. Before you know it, your dog or cat comes in covered in ticks. These parasitic arachnids especially love the ears of your pets so examine them thoroughly to make sure they are not bringing these critters inside. By spraying your yard for ticks, though it might not remove every single tick, it decreases their numbers significantly. One of the best ways to reduce your chances of tick infestation is to make some changes within your yard and around your house. Making it less hospitable in these ways is a good place to start:
- Clear and prune tall shrubs and bushes around the yard and edge of the lawn.
- Cut short and remove overgrown grasses and weeds.
- Mow your lawn regularly.
- Remove piles of debris or leaves.
- Stack wood piles neatly in a dry area.
- Lay at least 3 feet of gravel or wood chips between the edge of your yard and any wooded or field areas as a barrier to discourage tick migration into your yard.
- Keep decks, patios and playground equipment away from the edge of your yard or trees.
- Build fences around the perimeter of your yard to keep out unwelcome wildlife such as deer, raccoons, foxes, etc. that carry ticks.
- Remove garbage, old furniture, dead Christmas trees or junk in your yard to give ticks fewer places to hide.