Property Prevention: Tricks to Stop Ticks

Ticks are most likely to be in woods, where woods meet lawn, where lawn meets fields, tall brush/grass, under leaves, under ground cover (low growing vegetation), near stone walls or wood piles, shady areas, around bird feeders, outside pet areas.

Click here for printable pdf – Property Prevention: Tricks to Stop Ticks

What you can do to lower your pet’s exposure to ticks on your property:

house-yard• Keep your lawn mowed (ticks hide in tall grass)

• Rake up leaf and grass clippings (ticks hide under leaves/grass clippings)

• Keep ground cover trimmed away from walkways (ticks are close to pathways)

• Place stone walls/woodpiles as far as possible from house (rodents live there & carry ticks)

• Place a wood chip barrier between your property and wooded/field areas

• Place swing sets and other play sets in the sunny areas, away from woods/fields (ticks hate sun)

• Keep bird feeders away from your house (rodents seek dropped bird food & carry ticks)

• Consider controls for small mammals e.g., mice (they carry ticks which get Lyme from them)

• Consider deer fencing in areas where deer populations are high (deer transport ticks)

• Keep outside pet areas cleared of leaf and other debris (dogs and cats can carry loose ticks inside)

• Can investigate use of tick control products for possible use  Click here for EPA tick repellent products and more info

More detailed information on property management can be found in these 2 publications. LDA does not endorse any products or particular practices but provides links for informational purposes.




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