10 Effective Ways To Minimize Your Lawn from Fleas & Ticks

Mowing your lawn to the proper 4” height reduces flea and tick hang-outs. Both of these insects hide in longer grass. Not mowing grass too short also helps attract spiders and ants, two major flea predators.

Fleas and ticks prefer moist environments. Overwatering or a poorly draining lawn can extend an invitation to these insects. If you have a drainage issue, contact your lawn expert—aerating may help.

Neatness counts when it comes to eliminating habitats for fleas and ticks to hide and lay eggs. Remove yard debris, such as piles of lumber, bricks and stones. Pick up discarded plastic & clay pots and other garden items; stack them neatly to limit refuge.

Check all the areas where your pets love to hang-out. Flea and tick larvae can find homes within 50 feet of your pet’s favorite resting areas. Clean and treat around any cool, shady spot—particularly where your pet favors, such as spaces under decks or porches, beneath low-hanging shrubs or along fence lines. Remember to treat dog runs or kennels.

As wonderful it is to have a zoo in your own backyard, wildlife carry fleas and ticks. This includes bobcats, wild turkeys, squirrels, deer, rabbits, raccoons, mice and feral cats. If it’s warm-blooded, it’s probably ferrying a few blood-sucking insects. If critters visit regularly, consider ways to reduce your yard’s appeal. Some animals seek out the leftovers in the trash; skunks may be prowling for grubs in the lawn. Squirrels may be feasting by birdseed or bread; mice may be drawn to wild berries on shrubs. Never allow wildlife to set up their home under sheds or decks on your property.

Secure your home by establishing a protective barrier around your home with a pesticide perimeter treatment. This treatment can prevent fleas and ticks from migrating into your home, although they can still hitch a ride on you or your pet. Remove brush, plants and leaf litter around your home, aiming for at least a 6-inch-wide clean area. This eliminates hiding places for fleas and ticks.

Create a migrate-free zone. If your neighborhood is known for ticks, establish a barrier between your lawn and surrounding woods or properties. Remove weeds, brush and leaf litter.

Cedar mulch repels fleas and ticks. Use it to border areas where your pet likes to play or rest to keep insects from migrating into those areas. Place cedar mulch along the edges of your yard to form a barrier.

Welcome predators. Make your landscape appealing to flea and tick predators by keeping grass mowed to the right height and incorporating native plants and ground covers. Birds eat these insects, but if you’re hanging bird feeders, balance the benefit of attracting birds against the risk of luring squirrels or other flea- and tick-carrying rodents that feast on spilled seed.

Sun, sun, sun. Both ticks and fleas like shady, moist areas. Prune trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight to enter your landscape.

These wonderful tips were brought to you by GreenWay Irrigation and the experts from Bayer.

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