The numbers of ticks that are found on a property are influenced by the
amount of favorable habitat that is found there, i.e. brushy, grassy
areas, and the number of animals, especially whitetailed deer and
whitefooted mice, that are present.
You can reduce tick numbers through landscape modification that creates a less favorable environment for ticks and their animal hosts. Ticks are not as hard to eradicate as you may think. These pests enjoy warm, humid conditions and often thrive in areas that have a significant amount of vegetation.
The quickest and most effective to get rid of outdoor ticks is the
use of pesticides. There are a number of popular pesticides that are
available and these can be found in convenient spray bottles and in
granular form. The main ingredient in most of these pesticides is
pyrethrum or pyrethroid, both of which are highly effective in
eliminating even the toughest of tick infestations.
How to Effectively Control Tick
grass and vegetation short around homes, where it borders lawns, along
paths, and in areas where people may contact ticks. Ticks are less
likely to survive in short grass.
Remove leaf litter and brush,
especially from buffer areas, i.e. where the lawn borders grassy, brushy
areas. Also prune trees and shrubs in these areas to allow more
sunlight through as ticks are more common in shaded areas.
may be able to reduce the number of ticks adjacent to your home by
reducing the number of deer that are nearby, although this usually very
challenging. Do not encourage deer into your yard by feeding them.
Fences can help reduce the number of deer that enter into your yard, but
will have to be sufficiently high enough, about 8 – 10 feet tall. Try
to avoid plants that deer particularly like to eat.
generally not effective to treat large areas of woods, brush, or grass
with insecticides as insecticides do not always reach into areas where
ticks are found (e.g. in the leaf litter). Ticks can also be
reintroduced into areas when animals and birds carrying ticks move into
previously treated areas.
It is not necessary to treat your lawn for ticks as ticks rarely infest maintained yards.
cases where high numbers of ticks are present in areas adjacent to home
yards, treating the edges of wooded or brushy areas and paths can help
to reduce tick numbers. Use an insecticide labeled for a turf area, such
as those containing permethrin, cyfluthrin, or carbaryl. Do not spray
such an area more than once a year.
Also, make sure that you
keep all debris picked up. This includes leaf piles, tree branches or
anything else that these critters can call home.
This next step
involves deterring the animals that are notorious for bringing ticks
into your yard. These animals include rodents and deer.There are also
certain varieties of trees that you can plant, such as spruce and pines,
that are known to be disliked by deer and will keep them from stepping
foot on your property.
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