There are several steps you can take to help minimize the risk of ticks in and around your property. These practices include:
Keep the grass mowed frequently.
Remove leaf litter, brush and weeds at the edge of the lawn.
Restrict the use of groundcover, such as pachysandra in areas frequented by family and roaming pets.
Remove brush and leaves around stonewalls and wood piles.
Discourage rodent activity. Cleanup and seal stonewalls and small openings around the home.
Move wood piles and bird feeders away from the house
Manage pet activity, keep dogs and cats out of the woods to reduce ticks brought back into the home.
Use plantings that do not attract deer or exclude deer through various types of fencing.
Move children’s swing sets and sand boxes away from the woodland edge and place them on a wood chip or mulch type foundation.
Trim tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.
Consider areas with decking, interlock, and hardscaping in areas around the house of frequently travelled.
Widen woodland walking trials.
How To Tackle Tick Control
Ticks are a growing concern in Canada, especially with the ever-increasing risk of Lyme disease. In this guide, find out how you can tackle ticks, from tick bite prevention to tick-proofing your property.