While it’s never pleasant to find insect pests in your home, not every pest poses an immediate danger. For example, you can safely ignore a single ant, but finding even one tick inside your home is a cause for concern. Ticks can carry serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, so you should take immediate steps to keep them far away from your home. In this article, our team at Canady’s Termite & Pest Control will go over a few methods of outdoor tick control that should keep these critters from getting into your space.
- Reduce Moisture. An important thing to know about ticks is that they thrive in damp environments, so reducing the number of damp patches in your yard is an effective prevention strategy. A few steps you can take as part your tick control project are trimming your shrubs to allow more sunlight and air to reach the ground below their branches, removing your leaf piles after raking, and stacking any wood piles in sunny areas to prevent moisture from setting in.
- Use Tick Tubes. Our team at Canady’s Termite & Pest Control understands that it’s not always possible to move part of your yard to a sunny spot to get rid of moisture, but fortunately there are other steps you can take. If you have a stacked stone wall or a storage shed, we recommend using tick tubes in the gaps or corners to kill any ticks that might make their way into those damp environments.
- Mow Your Lawn.Outdoor tick control can be as simple as mowing your lawn more frequently. Taller grass makes for cooler, damper ground beneath, so keeping your grass short will create an inhospitable environment for ticks. This is especially important if you have outdoor pets, as chances are that they are the ones bringing ticks inside.
If you have further questions about tick control, we at Canady’s Termite & Pest Control encourage you to give us a call.