A Tick-Free Barbecue
July 3, 2017
When we think of picnic pests, ticks don't usually come to mind. The bugs that most commonly invade a cookout are ants, flies, and yellow jackets. But, ticks are a general threat that we all must take into consideration anytime we go out into nature. All tick species have the potential to carry diseases. And some of the diseases they can carry have lifelong health implications.
If you're planning to have a BBQ with friends and family in the comfort of your own backyard, here are some ideas that will help you reduce the threat of ticks.
Keep Your Lawn Trimmed
There are a few reasons a neatly trimmed lawn can lower the risk of having ticks. First and foremost ticks climb to the top of grass and cling to their host as it walks by. The longer you go without trimming your grass, the easier it will be for ticks to get on both pets and people.
The second reason is not so obvious. It is linked to the host animals, rather than the ticks themselves. If your yard looks unkempt, wildlife will feel more comfortable coming onto your property. Small animals feel safer with grass cover, and tall animals will feel less exposed when they step into a yard that hasn't been trimmed.
Since wildlife animals bring ticks in, it stands to reason that keeping wildlife out of your yard will reduce tick populations. Aside from trimming your lawn, here are a few more ways you can make your home less interesting to wildlife.
Put all exterior trash in sealed and secured containers.
Remove any food sources from your yard.
Keep fruit trees well away from areas you intend to do your barbecuing.
Remove clutter that small wildlife can use for cover or harborage.
Consider putting up a fence.
Contain Your Pet
If you have pets that go out into your yard, consider keeping them leashed or fenced in. When your pet goes to the edge of your property or beyond, they have the potential to bring ticks back in with them.
Reduce Ticks Directly
When you have ongoing pest control, ticks will be one of the many potentially harmful pests you'll reduce around your yard and in your home. Pest control is a science. When done by an educated professional, like the certified technicians here at Moyer Pest Control, it can reduce the health risks for you, your family, your pets, and the guests who visit your home. Schedule an appointment and get your yard ready for some tick-free summer barbecue fun. Life is better when pests are controlled.