Keeping Your Yard Tick-Free
Roughly 70% of people who develop Lyme disease catch it from ticks in their own yard. Thus, it is important to ensure that your yard has as few ticks as possible. New York ticks thrive in cool, wet places, often travel into yards via animal hosts (white-tailed deer, white-footed mice, and some birds), and are kept at bay by certain pesticides. All County Pest Control offers tick control throughout Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. Based on these facts, there are several steps you can take to reduce the number of ticks on your property:
- Keep your yard clean of debris such as leaf litter and grass clippings and keep flowerbeds dry.
- Keep grass mowed, especially at edges of property.
- Trim bushes and shrubs, especially near paths and walkways.
- Minimize ground cover, such as pachysandra.
- Create a 3-foot wide, 3-inch deep barrier using gravel, mulch, or wood chips to separate your lawn from any wooded areas.
- Make sure that areas where children play, including swing sets and playhouses are in dry, sunny areas. You may also want to place gravel, mulch, or wood chips around these areas.
- Any birdfeeders or woodpiles that may attract tick carrying animals should also be placed in a gravel, mulch, or woodchip surrounded area away from your lawn.
- Preferably, your property, especially the lawn area, should not contain anything designed to attract wildlife, including bird feeders, birdbaths, and salt licks.
- Mice tend to live in stone walls; keep any stone walls on your property neat. Seal any cracks and clear away nearby debris.
- White-tailed deer have been known to carry hundreds ticks on their bodies all year round. These deer tend to walk into suburban and rural yards looking for food, and bring those ticks in with them. You may build a fence around your property to keep out deer, or simply avoid attracting them by planting plants deer do not like to eat. Ask your local nursery or garden center for information on “deer proof” plantings.
- You can also apply to low-toxicity pesticide to your property once or twice a year, preferably in Spring when New York tick eggs have just hatched and Summer when ticks are actively feeding.
All County can help return your backyard into that playground it use to be. We offer a comprehensive spraying application to the entire finished lawn areas as well as the woods edge.
All county chooses to use a liquid application of Talstar P, as opposed to granular applications. Liquid provides a more thorough application, getting the products into dense brush and overgrowth areas, as well as adhering to the foliage where the ticks & mosquitoes are most active. The benefits of Liquids is much greater, in that, liquid is the most effective way in helping to control these disease carrying pests. Take back your back yard, call now for a free estimate.