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Tick Management

 

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.
Keep grass mowed to reduce tick populations
Keep dogs out of the woods to reduce ticks
  • 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.

 

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