Spring is when everything begins to wake up, including ticks. Whether you’re out doing yardwork or just having fun in the yard, it’s time to take precautions to protect your family and pets from these nasty pests.
Types of Ticks in PA
While some bugs are just annoying, ticks carry a variety of diseases that can pose serious risks to you, your family, and your pets. Here are the types of ticks commonly found in Pennsylvania:
Fortunately, there are many actions you can take to protect your property from these dangerous insects and the illnesses they can carry. It all starts with knowing where they love to hang out in your yard and taking steps to protect yourself and loved ones.
Where ticks love to hide
The best way to control ticks is to target their habitats and make your yard a place where they don’t want to hang out. They love dark, shady spots. Oftentimes, we think of ticks jumping down from above. But they also hang out in high grasses, underbrush, and weedy areas.
How to protect yourself from ticks
Whether you’re heading out to do some yardwork or the kids are outside playing this spring, protecting yourself from ticks and other biting insects needs to be a top priority. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe from these insects and the diseases they carry:
Wear light and neutral colored clothing: Insects are attracted to things that mimic nature like the colors in flowers, foliage or animals. Plus, tiny ticks are easier to spot on a white shirt than a dark article of clothing.
Cover up: If your kids are playing outside, even in your own backyard, they should wear lightweight clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and socks. Tuck your pants into your socks if you will be walking through high grasses or underbrush. This will prevent ticks from crawling up your legs. Always wear a hat and pull back loose hair that hitch-hiking insects can latch on to.
Use Repellents: Of course, DEET is the go-to chemical repellent. But there are natural alternatives. Often sold in health food stores, non-toxic, botanical repellents should be reapplied about every thirty minutes to remain effective. Repellents containing soybean oil protect for about ninety minutes—comparable to DEET.
Always perform a full body tick check after being outside, even if you were hanging out on your own property. When it comes to these insects and the diseases they transmit, quick removal is vital! Be sure to do a full check on the kids, too.
Protecting Pets from Ticks
To check for ticks on dogs, cats, and other pets that spend time outdoors, carefully comb through their hair. Check behind ears, under paws, and in any place where there’s a joint, like in the bend of their legs. Remember, these bugs love to hide in dark places!
Here’s what you can do now to control ticks on your property:
Clean Up Your Yard: Ticks are shade lovers and can’t survive in the sun! Cleaning up your overgrown vegetation will give ticks fewer places to hang out. Additionally, pruning tree branches and shrubsaround the lawn edge will let in more sunlight.
Mow your lawn regularly to prevent ticks from traveling across tall grass: As HGTV’s website explains: “Mowing the grass decreases tick “questing,” which is the way they stalk their prey…meaning you. It also increases the temperature, meaning fewer cool clumps of tall grass to hide in, and ticks don’t like the heat.”
Choose plants that deter ticks:Use your garden to your advantage! Ticks are deterred by mint, lavender, rosemary, marigolds and citronella grass. An added bonus is that mosquitoes and fleas also hate these strong-smelling plants, so start planting!
Keep Deer Off Your Property:Deer are the primary carrier of ticks through the yard. Use Deer Repellent treatments to deter deer from feeding on valuable plants and carrying ticks into your yard. You can go a step further and check the landscape to identify and remove plants that are attracting deer to the yard. HGTV provides a list of plants that are repellent to deer.
Tick Control Treatments: Giroud offers both 100% organic and traditional chemical based treatments to control ticks. A Giroud Expert will assess your property for tick “Hot Spots” and suggest a treatment plan to attack ticks where they gather. They’ll treat around the perimeter of the property and other high-risk areas where ticks are likely to live.
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Call 215-682-7704 to schedule your appointment now. Visit https://giroudtree.com/pest-control/ for more information about Giroud’s Organic and Traditional Mosquito and Tick Control Programs. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you are able to protect your property, and your children, from nasty, biting insects this summer!
How Giroud Can Continue to Serve You During the COVID-19 Crisis
If you are worried about ticks, mosquitoes or other pests, give us a call to schedule a FREE inspection with your ISA Certified Giroud Arborist. During the outbreak, your Giroud Arborist will continue to be available for Property Evaluations. And, our Crews will complete your services on time to ensure your trees and lawn stay healthy and safe. The only difference will be that we won’t be able to meet with you face to face. However, we are always happy to talk by phone. This will keep you and our employees safe!