Easy Tricks for Taming Ticks in Your Backyard

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on June 4, 2018

It’s June, school’s almost out, the weather is warm … and it’s tick season.

If you’ve lived in Southern Maryland long enough, you know that you don’t need to live in or near the woods to have ticks in your yard. They’re everywhere!

Ticks can carry many diseases that affect humans and pets, including Lyme Disease. In fact, Houzz reports, the Center for Disease Control says that illnesses from tick, flea, and mosquito bites tripled from 2004 to 2016!

Luckily, there are some easy landscaping tasks you can do to make your yard less attractive to ticks. These tricks will never replace daily tick checks on yourself, your kids, or your pets, but they can help decrease the number of these persistent pests in your yard.

First, Houzz suggests creating a barrier between your living spaces and the yard. Separate patios and porches from the lawn or wooded areas with a three-foot-wide barrier of wood chips or gravel.

Second, keep the grass, plants, and shrubs short. Ticks love tall grasses and thick shrubs, so keeping these short or removing them all together can discourage them. Mowing your lawn regularly can also help cut down on ticks.

Houzz has more great suggestions for keeping ticks out of the yard; see them all here.

And, to learn more about preventing tick bites, removing ticks, and symptoms, visit the CDC’s tick website.

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