When the weather turns warm, it’s the time children get to play in the backyard and families enjoy barbecue and entertaining. However, if there is a tick infestation in your backyard, it can be dangerous for your health to spend time outdoors. Professional tick control is your best option for removing the possibility of getting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses like the Powassan Virus.
What You Can Do
There are some ways in which you can help control ticks in your backyard. The first step is to keep grass and plants trimmed so that sunlight can reach the ground and reduce humidity. It is also recommended to keep your yard free of debris such as piled-up leaves and weeds, stacks of wood and even birdbaths. If your yard borders on land where there are wild animals, it’s important to have a fence that keeps them away from your house. Deer are especially prone to carrying ticks.
What a Professional Will Do
A professional tick and mosquito remover will use synthetic or natural herbicides to remove the pests on contact. The all-natural solutions are designed to repel rather than kill and are more suitable for some yards than the synthetic solutions, but may not protect as long. The all-natural protection needs to be repeated every 14 days, but the synthetic will last up to 21 days.
If ticks are the main problem, then tick tubes are used. These tubes use the natural nesting habits of mice to kill ticks. The mice gather the insecticide-soaked cotton that is inside the tube and take it to their nests. Since mice are one of the main carriers of ticks, and ticks get their first meal from the blood of mice, the insecticide-soaked cotton eliminates the ticks. A professional tick-control person will know when and where to place the tubes for the greatest effect.
Ticks are a serious health threat as they travel across outdoor landscapes on clothing, pets and wild animals. You may unknowingly bring ticks inside your home, and if your pet is not protected against blood-sucking vermin, pets will also carry ticks into your home. Once inside, they will feed on human blood if they can. This is how they spread disease. A professional tick-controller will be able to assess your yard and the surrounding areas and recommend the best possibly solution to greatly reduce ticks and mosquitoes.