The best way to avoid tick bites is to not have ticks in your yard. Removing areas where ticks harbor is the first line of defense in getting rid of them. Ticks are crawling insects therefore they generally live close to the ground. They like to lay their eggs in sheltered locations such as leaf litter, wood piles and brush piles. They will climb up on low branches and tall grass waiting for an unsuspecting host to pass by.
These following steps can be taken to eliminate environments where ticks inhabit.
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences. Ticks will drop off of these animals and lay more eggs.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
These steps along with a program to eliminate the ticks currently inhabiting these areas will greatly reduce the tick population in your yard.