Hi there, my name is Harvey. Welcome to my site. I am here to talk to you about pest control. There are so many different pests in my area. We have spiders, ants, house centipedes and moths that seem to congregate together at various times of the year. In other parts of the world, there are even more pests waiting to enter the homestead undetected. I would like to share pest control practices everyone can use to keep insects out of their homes. I hope you will visit my site often to learn all you can about pest control. Thanks for visiting.
Once the weather starts to warm up, it's time to start taking action to get rid of any ticks that may be infesting your property. According to the CDC, ticks are capable of transmitting such diseases as Colorado tick fever, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. While you may not be able to completely eliminate every tick in your yard, you can follow a few steps to significantly reduce them.
Keep Grass Cut Low
The first and most important thing to do is to keep your lawn from becoming a tick habitat. Ticks love concealing themselves in tall grass, so if you keep yours cut short, the ticks will look for a more appealing place to call their home. Also, you'll want to clean up any yard debris, as they also make perfect hiding places.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth is an excellent way to kill any existing ticks that may be on your property. Simply sprinkle a layer of the diatomaceous earth around your lawn and let it sit for a few days. The diatomaceous earth is safe to use around pets and small children, but pierces the exoskeleton of any tick that comes in contact with it. This causes the ticks to dehydrate, and eventually die about 72 hours later.
Depending on the area in which you live, you may be able to apply Permethrin to your yard on your own, or you may be required to use pest control services. Utilizing a pest management service is an excellent idea, as they are properly trained on this eco-friendly chemical and know their enemy, the tick, like the back of their hand. Permethrin has two benefits. It has the power to kill ticks, as well as repel them.
Erect a Barrier
One of the ways ticks enter a property is by hitching a ride on such animals as deer. Taking the time to erect a barrier so that the deer can no longer frequent your property is a great step for reducing the number of ticks that decide to call your yard home. If putting up a fence is not an option, you can also discourage ticks by creating a three-foot woodchip barrier at the edge of your landscaping.
Of course, in addition to taking steps to remove ticks, you'll also want to protect yourself. You can do this by wearing long pants and applying an insect repellent that is labeled as being effective against ticks.
For more information, contact a local company like IPM - Intelligent Pest Management.