What’s your ultimate summertime backyard fun? Ideally, it’s the perfect mix of leisure activities and a well-trimmed lawn. From lazy lounging to entertaining guests, there are a few essentials you just can’t do without, including a grill, plenty of comfortable seating, and maybe even a pool. If you have enough room for a lighted gazebo and brick oven for wood-fired pizza, more power to you. (But remember…you’ll have to go indoors at some point – even if you don’t want to!)
For pet owners, the best yards are known for what they do not contain – namely, ticks.
Spring and summer mark the beginning of backyard grilling, family fun at home, and unfortunately, the onset of tick season. Keeping ticks and tick-borne diseases away from your pets starts with a comprehensive strategy which includes avoiding tick-friendly areas, when able, as well as implementing a few common-sense measures to keep those eight-legged pests at bay.
Of course, it also helps to keep a TickZapper® on hand in the fight against ticks and tick-borne diseases. With TickZapper®, you can immediately and completely remove ticks (including mouthparts!) from your pet – on the spot – quickly, easily, and safely – without risk of human contact! It’s a must-have tick removal tool for your backyard and beyond – perfect for camping trips, walks, and so much more!
Let’s look at some tick prevention methods you can implement in your own yard!
Tick-Borne Diseases – Closer Than You Think
A tick’s natural environment is filled with leafy vegetation, including plenty of high grasses, areas with adequate moisture, and a steady supply of blood hosts (deer, rabbits, squirrel, mice, etc.), nearby.
In fact, your own backyard might be more tick-friendly than you might suspect. If you live on the edge of wooded areas, or if your yard contains trees and shrubs, your very own backyard might provide more than favorable conditions for ticks to thrive…and find your pets!
One of the most common misconceptions about ticks is that they’re essentially confined to the woods and other vegetation beyond your yard. Nothing could be further than the truth. A recent study by the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, concluded that many suburban yards harbor a significant number of ticks, including many which transmit Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases to your best canine friend. As a result, a new theory was created: “Socionatural Tick-borne Disease Nexus”… a fancy way of saying that people create conditions – unknowingly – that are favorable to ticks!
Proper land management techniques, including smart landscaping and yard design intended to decrease ticks, are absolutely essential in the fight against tick-borne diseases. Here are some tips and tricks to shield your yard from ticks – just in time for the start of tick season!
Destroy Obvious Tick Habitats. The key to protecting your yard is to find out what a
tick considers “home sweet home,” then do everything possible to prevent such environments – which includes leaf litter. Collect your grass clippings, weeds, and other debris on a regular basis, then remove the refuse entirely from your yard. Ticks hate a clean, well-maintained yard. If you’re dead set on a compost method, do it far away from your house. Keep wood piles dry and stacked away from the house, to discourage nesting by smaller tick hosts.
Create an Anti-Tick Perimeter. Ticks don’t just appear in your yard magically; they have to wander in from somewhere else. If you live next to forested areas, it’s a good idea to create a perimeter around your yard.
Mulch. Yes, Mulch. Did you know that ticks do not like crossing mulch? A three-foot barrier around your property may assist in keeping them at bay. Mulch is ideal for creating this border, given you use the correct type. Skip the dense, moist mulch and opt for wide, dry wood chips, which help retain heat on warm days. Ticks will do anything they can to avoid hot, dry areas. With a mulch perimeter around your outdoor space, you’re well on your way to keeping ticks far away from Fabulous Fido! Pro tip: make sure your mulch border is at least 3 feet wide. Anything less, and the most determined ticks and their tick-borne diseases may find a way into your yard.
When it Comes to Grass, Shorter is Better. Ticks are attracted to the semi-shady, moist areas created by 3-4 inch tall grasses. An untrimmed lawn mimics a leafy forest floor habitat that ticks love. If your grass gets to the 4-5 inch range, it’s okay to cut it back to approximately 3 inches. Just to be safe, it is also recommended that you use a bag to collect trimmings that attract ticks.
Keep the Tick Hosts Away. Many people like having deer around. It’s a beautiful sight to see deer walking through the nearby woods and occasionally visiting our yards. Yet, if deer are in or near your yard, there’s a good chance ticks are visting, as well. To keep deer away from your yard, install fencing or netting to discourage them from encroaching onto your property.
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Source Credit: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/in_the_yard.html?s_cid=cs_281
Smart Yard Management and TickZapper®: The Ideal Combination!
Now that you know a few different ways to make your yard less attractive to ticks, there’s something else you should know…despite the best intentions, there’s always a chance your pet will host a tick. For pet owners, that’s a discouraging and frightening thought.
Having the ultimate tick removal tool on hand is a smart, last line of defense against tick-borne diseases. Even if your landscape doesn’t deter all ticks, the TickZapper® will still be able to gently stun & remove the entire tick (including mouthparts!) – on the spot – easily, quickly, and safely. from your pets! Even if you’re not quite sure how to remove a tick, you’ll still be able to protect your pets effortlessly with the lightweight (1 oz) TickZapper®. Don’t wait until a tick appears to order your TickZapper® , be prepared! Buy your revolutionary TickZapper® Here!
Enjoy your yard and outdoor activities this summer! And remember, when it comes to protecting your pets against tick-borne diseases, the lightweight (1 oz) and self-energizing (no batteries) TickZapper® is ready whenever and wherever you and your pet happen to be…in your yard and beyond!