5 Simple Steps to Lawn Tick-Control
- Rake up leaves in areas used by people (for example, along trails and in yards). Ticks need moisture to survive, and removing leaves will dry out the soil surface. Raking has been reported to reduce tick number by 75%.
- Establishing a three-foot wide barrier between a wooded area and an adjacent yard is a successful option. One clears out a strip of brush and tall grass at the edge of your yard, then lays down landscape fabric, and covers the landscape fabric with a thin layer of gravel or other dry material. This dry barrier makes it difficult for ticks to crawl into your yard. Reports have indicated this barrier can reduce tick numbers up to 50%.
- Remove brush and thin out trees in areas regularly used by people and pets. Again, this has the effect of drying the soil and consequently making it harder for ticks to make survive in these areas.
- Mow lawns in heavily used areas to make these sites less
welcoming for ticks.
- Remove brush piles and other potential nesting areas for small
mammals. Ticks normally feed on small mammals, so reducing mammal populations should also reduce tick populations.
Additional tick control ideas are available in the book "Ticks Off! Controlling Ticks That Transmit Lyme Disease on Your Property," by Patrick Guilfoile, Ph.D.
More information about the book is available at: www.tickbook.com