#1 Rule “Avoid Tick Contact”
To begin backyard tick control you must know these little critters will lie-in-wait in high grass, brush and even dive down from tree limbs. Ticks are experts at ambush. They can hang on a limb and wait till a deer, cat, dog, rat, or human comes by and simply jump on. Trim low hanging limbs away from traveled areas. Tall grass is one of their favorite hiding places, mow to lawn length. If you live near or in the woods, keep deer away from you property. Remove anything that drives deer your way.
Risk of human infection by this critter’s bite, is the greatest in late spring and summer. Reduce your chances of getting a arachnid borne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. If you have a bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.
Backyard tick control – While Gardening, camping, hiking, and playing outdoors can bring you into contact with this spider-like pest. They live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with tics during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Avoid sitting in flower gardens while weeding. Always walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with this pest.
- Ticks are arachnids, relatives of spiders.
- Ticks live in wooded areas, brushy fields, and around your home.
- Ticks survive by eating blood from their hosts.
- Ticks can pass infections from one host to the next, including humans.
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Southern tick-associated rash illness
- Tick-borne relapsing fever
courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Backyard tick control
Backyard tick control can be accomplished with professional products containing permethrin such as Tengard SFR 36.8%. This product is inexpensive and easy to apply with a pump sprayer.
Thank you to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (Click to read “their” entire article)