Fleas and ticks want nothing more than to make a meal out of you, your family or your pets which could pose potential health risks from skin irritation to disease–and they’re closer than you think. Here are helpful tips to manage fleas and ticks that could be hiding in your yard.
- Lawn Maintenance – Tall grass is a prime hangout for fleas and ticks. They camp out on blades of grass waiting for you or your pets to pass by, and it only takes a second for them to latch on without you even knowing it. Be sure to mow your lawn regularly to a height that’s appropriate for the season to keep them from hiding out in longer patches of grass. Also, because fleas and ticks tend to flourish in moist areas, take care not to overwater your lawn and to remedy areas with poor drainage by aerating the soil.
- Yard Maintenance – Cleanliness also plays a role in areas where fleas and ticks could be nesting. These parasites enjoy moist and shady areas, so make sure there isn’t superfluous debris scattered about your yard. Stacks of wood, flower pots and errant gardening supplies could provide a haven for these pests to lay eggs and multiply. Also, cedar mulch has been successful in repelling fleas and ticks. Consider creating a border around your home and near areas where pets frequent to keep them from venturing too close. By keeping your yard clean and pruning trees and bushes to eliminate consistently shady areas, you can significantly decrease the chances of them spreading unchecked.
- Wildlife – Woodland animals such as deer, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and mice can be harbingers for introducing fleas and ticks in your yard. Keeping these animals out should be paramount when protecting your home. Most animals venturing close to your home are in search of food by rummaging through trash cans or are looking for shelter in unfrequented areas. Be sure trash is properly tied and disposed of and that outside accesses to crawl spaces are secured to prevent these animals from searching for food scraps.
Sometimes home remedies may be partially effective or entirely ineffective. Therefore, if you need help addressing a larger flea or tick problem in and around your home, contact your local Orkin professional for a free estimate and a customized a plan that’s right for you.
“10 Easy Ways To Rid Your Lawn of Fleas and Ticks” Bayer Advanced