With spring in full bloom, disease-carrying ticks are starting to wake up for the season in Canada, posing a risk to any potential host they find on wooded trails, public parks and even our own back yards.
Don't let their tiny stature fool you; ticks can present a BIG problem for humans and pets alike, with diseases they can carry like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever causing harmful and potentially long-lasting symptoms when spread to humans through their bite.
Serious about tick-proofing your outdoor haven? Check out our branded tips below.
Tick-Proof Your Play Areas
Playtime shouldn't mean tick time! If possible, move children's swing sets and sand boxes away from the woodlands edge and place them on a wood chip or mulch type foundation for your children's safety and your own piece of mind.
Fences, brick walls and stone patios are a few popular man-made hiding spots to monitor as well, so make it a habit to constantly run tick checks on your property.
Rake Your Property
Fallen leaves provide blacklegged ticks with an ideal habitat to rest and hide in the springtime. To help tick-proof your property this spring, gently rake away any leaf litter or excess vegetation once the snow completely melts.
A clean yard will give ticks and the creatures they hitch rides on (mice, squirrels, etc.) less opportunities to hide in plain sight.
Keep Animals Out
Want to tick-proof your yard AND do some spring cleaning at the same time? Start off by removing brush and leaves around stonewalls and wood piles to discourage rodent activity on your property. Clean up and seal stonewalls and small openings around the home, and be sure to restrict the use of ground cover, such as pachysandra in areas frequented by family and roaming pets.
Try not to attract deer to your property as well, as ticks are notorious for feeding on them. Use fencing that keeps them out and avoiding plants that they eat, such as perennials and shrubs, is another foolproof way of keeping ticks at bay.
Get Tick Control From mosquito.buzz
As mentioned earlier, ticks are notorious for spreading Lyme Disease, which can affect dogs, cats, and humans. A highly effective way of preventing potentially harmful tick bites is to protect your property with professional barrier control.
At mosquito.buzz, licensed and trained technicians visit your property during spring and fall when ticks are the most active, targeting areas that they live, rest, and hide, such as tall grasses and vegetation.
Now more than ever, we know how important your backyard spaces are going to be for your this spring and summer... so don't spend that precious time worrying about ticks!
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