Tick Control Planning Begins in the SpringMay 1, 2013
Ticks are an unfortunate part of the warmer months. It is for good reason that precautions need to be taken to avoid contracting the serious diseases ticks may transmit. Spring is the best time to assess your yard’s likelihood of providing hospitable environments for ticks. In order to do this you need to know their favorite hiding spots and how to eradicate them safely. Doing so can prevent a future tick infestation—so this is one job that is well worth the time and energy.
The basics of reducing the tick population on your property
Ticks love wooded areas of land that offer an abundance of decomposing matter in which they can hide. If your property borders woodlands, cleaning up the perimeter is an excellent first step in preventative tick control. Remove leaf litter that may have been left behind from the previous fall, as well as clear any brush and wood piles. Leaf litter, brush and woodpiles are also often found along the sides of home exteriors, so it is important to check and clear these areas as well.
Trimming back overhanging branches along your yard’s perimeter will further assist in making the area less appealing to ticks. These tiny arachnids are drawn to shady places, so bringing in more sun will keep them at bay. When examining the layout of your property, make sure the outdoor areas where your family spends the most time are away from shrubs, bushes and tall grass. You can drastically minimize your family’s exposure to tick bites by using common sense. Swing sets and other play areas for kids should be located in a relatively sunny area that is clear of potential tick hiding spots. You can help to create a protective barrier with wood chips or gravel along the perimeter of the lawn to further deter these creatures from making their way into your space. Fencing in your yard is not a necessity, but it can help to keep out deer and other mammals that are known for carrying ticks.
No matter what efforts you make to limit tick problems in your yard, it is always important to do full body checks after spending extended periods of time outdoors. This is especially crucial if you are a hiker and spend a great deal of the summer season in the wilderness. Spotting ticks on your skin before they’ve had a chance to latch on is a surefire way to prevent tickborne illnesses.
Reported cases of Lyme disease on the rise
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, and the number of those infected has been rapidly rising in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011, 96% of the reported cases of Lyme disease came from just 13 states—with most of them located in the Northeast1. In Maine, there were 752 confirmed and probable cases reported in 2010. In 2011, that number rose to 981, and in 2012 it reached 1095. It is clear that the problem is not resolving, and it’s up to us to do our best to prevent becoming victims.
The benefits of hiring experts in professional tick control
When applied properly, chemical control agents can substantially reduce the tick population on your property. The problem is most homeowners don’t know how to tackle this job and achieve the desired outcome. Any pesticide or insecticide is very dangerous because they kill indiscriminately. The last thing you want to do when trying to prevent or address a tick problem is to cause extensive damage to your lawn and plants.
Lucas Tree Experts have the solution for any and all of your pest problems. We understand the importance of controlling ticks, mosquitoes and other pests when it comes to feeling and staying safe on your property. We also recognize that no two properties are the same. This is why we tailor complete programs based on your needs to help ensure your peace of mind this summer. With state-licensed pesticide applicators and top-quality products, we’ll get the job done and leave the surrounding ecosystem unharmed. Call us today and get a head start on tick pest control in your area.
1. ”Lyme Disease Data.” Cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. Web. <http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/>.