Thanks to a tick expert in Boston, people are buzzing about the looming tick explosion expected to take place this summer. According to this tick expert’s website, an onslaught of tick activity is set to take place in most of the eastern United States, the Midwest, the Plain states, and the West Coast. The spring and summer is a prime time for ticks, which means you’ll need to do anything you can to protect your home from the tick explosion ahead.
In order to properly prepare your home for this tick explosion, we turned to the helpful guide released by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES). Here’s what they recommend.
Create a lawn edge
Deer ticks are found in wooded areas, particularly where humidity levels are high. They enjoy cooler places compared to sunny, manicured lawns, hence why you don’t find ticks crawling around in the middle of your yard. CAES says that 82 percent of deer ticks will be within the first nine feet of your lawn. The best way to avoid ticks around your lawn during the summertime is adding an edge around the yard. This edging could be made up of gravel pathways, mulches, decking, stone, tile or other hardscapes.
If deer ticks are the problem than it would make sense to get rid of the deer. The best (and most humane) way to do so is by fencing off your property. If you live in a remote area, a fence will certainly help in keeping the ticks minimal around your property.
Don’t plant vegetation that deer like to eat
Deer like to eat plants, so if you have plants close by, they will come. By limiting food sources (or planting vegetation that deer don’t like to eat), they won’t come into your yard with ticks in tow. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, deer tend to stay away from fragrant plants with strong scents such as sage, ornamental salvias, lavender, peonies and bearded irises.
Lastly, chemicals should keep the ticks away. Acaricide is a pesticide (or insecticide) that kills ticks and can be applied to lawns and woodland edges. However, applying a pesticide such as this is restricted to a licensed professional since it requires specific spray equipment. However, when it comes to other pests, there are a few do-it-yourself pest control methods that don’t require professional assistance. You could also try natural tick repellents such as cedar oil spray, apple cider vinegar and others.
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