How to Keep Your Souderton Yard Tick-Free During Summer and Fall
Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor
Something miraculous happens in the spring. All the living creatures around your home come back to life. Well, sorta. What really happens is everything starts to move again. Why? We could bore you with a bunch of sciency talk about the metabolic reaction animals have to a reduction in temperature but let's just say, cold slows animals down. All animals. That includes ticks. And, yes, ticks are animals. In fact, ticks are more of an animal than Pluto is a planet. But we digress. Today we're going to talk about animals moving about in the woods and in your yard and examine how their movement can cause tick populations to increase. More importantly, we're going to get to the bottom of how you can make your Souderton yard a tick-free zone this summer and fall.
If there were no mammals or birds in the world, you would probably be able to easily keep your yard free of ticks. This is because ticks don't do a lot of traveling on their own. When they come into your yard, it is usually by way of a bird, rodent, raccoon, deer or some other animal. They can even come into your yard on domesticated animals.
The warming temperatures of spring have brought all the animals back to life. Now those animals are moving around in search of food, water and harborage. If they come into your yard searching for these things, they can deposit ticks as they go. Why? Because ticks don't just get on one host and stay there. As they develop, they fall off their first host and seek another. If their second host is your cat or dog, you and your pet could be in trouble. Ticks are linked to the spread of serious diseases, like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, STARI, and tularemia.
When ticks fall off birds and mammals, those ticks seek shelter in shaded, humid areas. If you have landscaping around your home, this is where ticks are most likely to be. It is also where your pets are most likely to pick ticks up.