How to Get Rid of Ticks in Yard


dogs rolling in the lawn

Relaxing in your yard ought to bring joy, not anxiety.

But pests such as ticks are notorious for ruining the party. Not only are they a nuisance, but they are carriers of serious illnesses like Lyme disease, posing a risk to your loved ones and pets.

Gaining insight into tick activity is crucial in understanding how to remove them. By identifying their behavior, we can take actionable steps towards tick control.

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Managing Ticks In Your Lawn

When Are Ticks Most Active?

As the weather heats up, tick season kicks into high gear. These bothersome insects can flourish throughout late summer and fall in many regions going as long as 200 days without food or water and staying alive as long as 2 years.

Where do ticks live?

tick crawling on fingerTicks, stealthy and small, are deemed superior carriers of disease.

Their natural habitat lends easy access to prey, allowing them to drop from trees or hide in grass, waiting for unsuspecting animals and humans to pass by. When they attach, they can cause serious harm.

Use these actionable tips to eradicate ticks from your yard.

  • Cut Grass – Fleas and ticks love to hide in tall grasses. If you can keep your lawn fairly short, you eliminate these hiding places. Without a place to hide, fleas and ticks will move on to areas where they can be safer. These pests will always be attracted to the places they feel safest, so removing any place for them to hide can play a key role in preventing them from affecting you and your home.
  • Cedar – There are natural ways to prevent fleas and ticks that may be effective, although they have not received much testing. For example, fleas and ticks also despise the smell of cedar. If you can invest in cedar chips or cedar mulch for your lawn, you may be able to make it an environment where the fleas and ticks will not what to be. Because fleas and ticks will go where your pet goes, install the cedar chips or mulch where your pet is likely to play or rest. It might also be a good idea to lay the cedar chips or mulch around the perimeter of your lawn so as to create a barrier of sorts that will hopefully reduce the number of ticks on your property.
  • Tree and Bush Care – It’s not just your grass that needs to be kept short. Keeping your trees and bushes pruned can also be a good way to keep these pests away. Both fleas and ticks do not like the sun, so when there are fewer shade spots there will also be fewer pests.
  • Flea and Tick Medicine for Pets – Your pets, if you have any, are always at the greatest risk. These pests are attracted to their fur and the safety the fur represents. So make sure they are kept up to date with flea and tick medicine. Often your pets are actually carriers of these pests into your home (especially fleas), so if they’re immunized from the pests, they’ll be less likely to carry them into your home.

Does Lime Keep Ticks Away?

ticks in yardWhile lime might not be a solution to the problem, it can help.

Homeowners looking for natural remedies have used lime for fleas and ticks, but it doesn’t always work. It also doesn’t directly kill them, so if you have an infestation, it won’t do much good.

All of the above strategies can keep pests away. But they’re all designed to simply decrease the risk.

Controlling Ticks (and Fleas) Through Professional Lawn Care and Pest Control

82% of deer ticks have been found within 9 feet of lawn edges, especially in areas near woods, stonewalls, or ornamental plantings. Vigilance, caution, and appropriate action are necessary to guard against these dangerous parasites.

Professional lawn care designed to eliminate these pests can make sure that these pests are completely eliminated. We have qualified professionals who are well-versed in lawn care and pest control. Let Green Lawn Fertilizing’s Flea & Tick program help you resolve this issue. Give us a call at 888-581-5296 for a free estimate.


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