Tick Control Steps: 7 Simple Steps to Control Ticks in Your Yard and On Your Dog
As suburbia is ever expanding and houses now occupy once-wooded areas, people are more likely to encounter ticks in their own backyard. Ticks are not your normal pest; they have been known to spread illnesses such as Lyme disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis, and Ehrlichiosis to animals and humans.
How to Create a Tick-Free Yard
You have several options to assist you in creating an outdoor safe haven for you and your pets. Most people are aware of the pesticides that are commonly used. Due to the fact that these products can produce adverse reactions in humans and animals, and that ticks have become resistant to such products, natural approaches and alternatives are advisable. The first 6 steps in controlling ticks in your yard could include the following landscaping suggestions:
- Remove Tick Habitats - Leaf piles, tall weeds, and other damp, shady areas are prime tick habitats. Wood piles should be stacked at a distance from the home, away from both the children's and dog's play areas.
- Incorporate Natural Substances - Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled on areas where your children or dog play (swing sets, sandboxes, etc.). This natural substance will effectively and naturally destroy ticks, as well as other insects such as fleas, by destroying their exoskeleton.
- Call for Reinforcement - If you are able to keep them, free range birds (such as Turkeys, Guineas, and Chickens) have been shown to provide assistance in clearing out a tick population. Also, nematodes work diligently to help your yard to become tick free.
- Maintain an Unfriendly Lawn - Keeping your lawn trimmed to less than 3 inches will keep the ground dry and hostile towards ticks. Eliminating shady areas will also be beneficial.
- Create a Boundary - You may find it advantageous to carve out a barrier between your yard and any wooded area that it borders. The Rhode Island Department of Health suggests a 3-foot wide, 3-inch deep barrier using gravel, mulch, or woodchips to separate the two areas.
- Dont Encourage Wildlife to Visit - Birds and animals can carry ticks into your yard from great distances. For this reason, it would be helpful to remove birdfeeders and birdbaths so that birds won't leave unwanted guests as they partake of the kindness you're offering. Birdfeeders also encourage small mammals that may also carry ticks to feed on the fallen seeds. Make sure that trash cans are tightly covered so you aren't encouraging stray or wild animals to forage in your yard.
Eliminating Ticks from Your Dog
Now we have reached the final and perhaps the most important step: tick elimination and prevention for your dog. Many products are available to protect your canine companion from ticks. But are they all safe to use? Many of the popular products contain insecticides that can cause bad reactions. In light of that fact, we come to step number 7... 7. Treat Your Dog Naturally You can employ safe alternatives to insecticides. Seek out powerful, yet natural, ingredients to rid your dog of ticks and prevent future occurrences for up to a week at a time. These typically come without the risk of harmful side effects, so you are sure to leave your dog in a healthier position than before starting your tick eradication efforts.
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