4 Steps to Keep Ticks off Your Pets
1. Learn to Repel Deer and Rodents for Tick Prevention.
Deer are cute until you realize they carry ticks. Along with field mice and other rodents, deer are common hosts for these pests. They prance onto your property, hungry and nibbling for plants, and leave a few ticks in the process.
For tick control, you’ll have to prevent deer, and there are two ways to deal with deer. You can purchase deer repellant to discourage deer from entering your property, which in turn keeps them away. The other option is to remove any plants or shrubs that deer may be attracted to, forcing them to find somewhere else to get food.
2. Get Rid of Your Compost Piles. Ticks Find Them Alluring.
Ticks love to make themselves at home in moist, shady areas. Don’t allow them to get comfortable. Strike first by regularly cleaning and removing piles of leaves, grass, and bush. It may be tempting to let a big pile build up in your yard. However children and pets love to play and hide in them, and so do ticks.
If cleaning up your compost piles isn’t on your list anytime soon, there are precautions. Keep the piles away from outdoor areas where your family spends time. Installing gravel or chips between the area and against wooded areas to create a preventative barrier also helps.
3. Keep Your Lawn, Grasses, and Weeds Trimmed and Pristine to Avoid their Presence.
Mowing your grass regularly to prevent ticks from thriving comfortably in wildly growing grasses. Although it’s normal to let your lawn go a week or so, ticks will only get more and more comfortable the taller the grass gets.
Should you mow your lawn after a prolonged period, it’s recommended that you use a bagging attachment. Long clippings can be used to refresh the soil, however tick prevention denotes otherwise. You don’t want these long blades adding nutrients to your soil if the action further makes ticks comfortable. Ticks hate dry, sunny environments, and exposing as much fresh sun to the close-cut grass and soils will irritate their existence.
4. Herbal Pet Collars Provide Pet-Friendly Pest Control in Addition to All the Above.
Pet-friendly pest control sprays are available for purchase. Spray your pet’s bedding and kennels, and invest in a pet collar designed to prevent ticks. Pet collars are easy to apply, simple to use and eliminate the hassle of monthly treatments.
The best way tick control for your pet is to restrict their movement. Of course, this isn’t always feasible; animals tend to do what they want. However, when outside, make sure your pet has a designated place to play. Frequently inspect your pet during play to ensure they’re still safe.
Always screen your pet for ticks immediately after spending time outdoors in grassy environments or areas where ticks could be present. If you are still having some pest problem, contact our pest control experts at Worldwide Pest Control today to learn more.