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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.

How do you reduce ticks in these places?

There are some natural tick-prevention methods you can use. We recommend:

  • Keep your trash in sealed containers to prevent the attraction of wildlife.
  • Keep bird feeders away from outside recreation areas.
  • Keep firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevated. Stacks of wood offer hiding places for rodents.
  • Pick up yard clutter. Clutter in your yard is another place rodents and other animals will hide.
  • Check your gutters and make sure they're working properly. When gutters are broken or obstructed it can allow water to accumulate near your foundation wall and create the damp conditions that help ticks survive.
  • Keep spaces between the plants in your landscaping. This allows for good airflow which will dry the moisture from the surface of your soil. It also allows the sunlight in to dry things up after it rains.
  • Remove any food sources from your yard that will attract animals or install fencing to keep animals out. Remember that some animals burrow under the ground to get to vegetables and other plants. Make sure your fencing goes at least a foot underground.
  • If you have a dog, and you don't have an outdoor play area, consider creating one. This reduces wildlife traffic and works to prevent your dog from exploring your landscaping and picking up ticks.

Since we live in a world that has mammals and birds, natural deterrents aren't going to be a complete solution. You're going to need some form of pesticide treatment applied to key areas where ticks hide. This should be applied by a licensed and educated professional. A pest control professional will use field-tested methods and industry-leading products to take down ticks with as little impact on the environment as possible. The last thing you need is to replace the threat of tick-borne diseases with a sickness brought on by an improper application of chemicals.

When done properly, tick treatments are the best way to reduce ticks and prevent the illnesses caused by ticks. If you live in our service areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware, let Moyer help you with this essential protection. Contact us today to learn more.  

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