The importance of keeping ticks at bay here in the North Shore area is critical. The result of being bitten by a potentially infectious tick can result in Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis just to name a few of the many illnesses ticks can cause. For this very reason Mosquito Squad has developed what we refer to as the 6C’s to tick-proofing your yard. By following these simple steps and precautions you can greatly reduce the risk of you or a loved one falling prey to an infected tick bite.
The 6C’s of tick-proofing your yard
1. Clear out. Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.
2. Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep the lawn short.
3. Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
4. Check hiding places: Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.
5. Care for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.
6. Call in the Pros: Professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes”. Strategically placed “tick tubes” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.
Our goal here at Mosquito Squad of the North Shore is to not only help control the ticks on your individual property through our tick-intensive tick control program, but to also heighten awareness of the importance of tick control and prevention.