Blood-sucking insects such as ticks and fleas can pose a potential harm to both your pets and your family. They can hide in your lawn and cause serious infections of the skin and certain diseases you really want to avoid. The best you can do to kill such an infestation is through hiring the services of a pest control service. Pest control services are very professional these days and can provide you protection against ticks for an extended period of time. However, the only problem with hiring such services is that they can be expensive and not everyone can afford it. For those of you who can’t, we are going to show you some simple techniques that can save you and your family from ticks.
Keeping Ticks Away From Your Yard — Not a One-Step Process
1. Geranium-Lemongrass Oil
Nothing is better in this world than using natural organic blends to fight the natural parasite. In this way, you don’t do any damage to nature, and your job of protecting your home, family and pets gets done. What’s problematic with the common and regular use of aerosols is that they constantly deteriorate our environment and by using this natural blend you can not only get rid of the threat of ticks but can do your part to help conserve of the environment. A combination of geranium and lemongrass oil is considered to repel ticks completely. All you need to do is put 2-3 drops of these oils in a container of water and mix the blend well. Spray the blend in your yard and lawn, and make sure to pay special attention to corners in order to keep the ticks away.
2. Clean your yard every couple weeks
For the elimination of the fleas and ticks, neatness counts. If you clean your yard once every couple weeks, you may eliminate the threat of ticks entirely. Remove debris such as piles of bricks, stones, and lumber. Pick up discarded pots and other items and stack them neatly. It is very important to clean your yard regularly in the summer as it’s their growing and breeding seasons.
3. Limit the wildlife
Feral cats, rabbits, and squirrels regularly visiting your yard are the reason you have ticks in your yard. Urban wildlife regularly carries ticks and fleas and other parasites. If these critters visit frequently, you need to do something about it. Fencing a yard is a suitable approach, or you can also spend time to reduce your yard’s appeal to them. These animals are attracted by trash and debris, so get rid of it. Skunks may prowl for grubs in your yards and lawn. Squirrels are attracted by the bird seed and mice may feast on the berries on shrubs. Never allow the wildlife to set up housekeeping under decks on your property.
4. Pest Repelling plants
If you didn’t know this before, there are plants which can repel pests, even ticks. Plants such as thyme, citronella and eucalyptus can naturally deter ticks as well as wasps, and hornets. Growing these plants in your backyard and lawn will not only keep away ticks but also add beauty to your lawn.
5. Spray plain oil soap and water
This is another eco-friendly way of keeping the ticks away as well as being one of the oldest methods. By spraying a mixture of soap and water in your yard is effective against a tick infestation. This simple method can kill them instantly. This happens as such a mixture clogs an insect’s breathing pores. As a result, the insect dies.
6. Create a perimeter
Establish a barrier around your house with an environmentally safe pesticide. This will help you to prevent ticks and fleas from migrating into your home without your permission. This method is most effective if you don’t have a pet. If you have a pet, the ticks can still hitch a ride and get into your home that way. Create a 6-inch wide clean area by getting rid of every sort of garbage, brush, plants, and leaf litter around your home. This will eliminate the hiding places that ticks use for sanctuary.
7. Check pet hangouts
Your pet’s favorite spots might be infested with the larvae of ticks, and you may not have the time to wash them out every day. As such, you’ll need a more permanent solution. Ticks prefer to remain within 50 feet of your pet’s favorite resting area for an easy meal. Clean and treat all the cool, shady spots in your yard. These are the spaces under the porches, along with the fence line, and beneath low-hanging shrubs. Always treat dog runs or kennels.
8. Mow your grass to the right height
Keep the grass in your yard mowed to the right height. Ticks prefer to stay under the shade and moist areas. Having your grass at the right height will keep it exposed to the sun and will repel ticks. This will also make them vulnerable to the insect eating birds.
By strictly following these eight different methods, you can eliminate the ticks from your yard. However, continued proper maintenance of the yard is very important. Make sure you clean your yard every second week and make sure the grass regularly mowed to the right height. If you want to get rid of ticks, start using these methods now!