06 May Best Tick Control Advice for Your Yard this Summer
With the warm winter we had, everyone is predicting a bumper crop of ticks this year. What is the best tick control advice for our yards?
The first step in tick mitigation is to set up your outdoor environment so that ticks do not want to live with you. Ticks like shady, moist environments. Look around and try to figure out where they want to live.
The CDC recommends that you create a dry buffer around the perimeter of your yards with mulch or river stones. This creates an area that ticks will not want to cross.
Anything that might hold moisture, like a wood pile, should be on this dry area or slightly to the back edge of it.
Then, leave a 9-foot buffer zone of grass. Place all play and socializing areas inside this zone. Below is an illustration demonstrating a recommended set up.
Other things that help with tick mitigation:
- Keep your grass mowed
- Make sure area where bird feeders exist are dry and well maintained
- Keep wood piles in sunny areas
- Plant deer resistant plants or use deer repellents
As the weather warms up, we will all WANT to be outdoors. Protect your family by getting a start on making your yard a safe environment.