As we approach summer, we need to be mindful of ticks, especially when our pets spend more time outdoors. Ticks love the warm temperatures and can be bothersome in your yard and garden. Ticks are a nuisance and can be dangerous since they carry numerous diseases such as Lyme Disease.
The bugs are drawn to dark, moist places, so there are steps that we can take to control them. Most tick bites do not cause any harm and usually do not require medical treatment. However, because of their potential to transmit harmful diseases to humans and pets, it is a good idea to keep your yard free of ticks.
How to Get Rid of Ticks in the Yard
If you want to have a tick-free yard, you will need to follow a few simple steps to limit the places they might live. Here are some tips and tricks to help with controlling ticks in the yard.’
Ticks Love Darkness and Moisture
Ticks are drawn to certain areas of a garden. You can help by limiting the places where they might find a home.
Keep Play Areas Safe from Ticks
Locate swing sets, playhouses and other play areas in your yard away from the most densely shaded areas. If possible, position them in sunny areas. This will give children and pets more protection and keep ticks out of the play areas.
Regular Yard Maintenance Will Help to Repel Ticks in Yard
Mow your grass regularly so it would not be a haven for ticks. If possible, use a catcher on the mower that removes the grass clippings so that you would not attract ticks. Remove garden refuse away from the most often used area of the yard. Trim trees of dead branches and remove piles of old leaves. Any untended areas of a yard can attract ticks.
Ticks prefer moist environments. If you tend to over-water and have poorly draining lawns, this can invite these insects. Water as much as your plants need, but be on the lookout for areas that do not drain well and take steps to aerate them.
Plants That Keep Ticks Away From a Yard
If you would like to try and control ticks without using chemicals, try planting Chrysanthemum cineraria folium. This plant has a high level of natural pyrethrins and helps to dispel ticks naturally.
Keep Away Rodents
If you see many mice in your yard, be sure to find a way to control them. Mice are carriers of ticks. Where there are mice, there will be lots of ticks. Garbage cans attract host animals like rodents, so store them away from areas of your yard that you want to keep tick free.