Tips to Stay Tick-Free [Updated 2022]

Before you go out and cover all your grass with concrete, consider taking these steps to prevent ticks in your backyard, from invading your home, and from crawling on your body:

  1. Keep your grass short. Ticks love to settle on high grasses and weeds so that they can snag a ride with a passer-by. Keeping your grass short prevents their ability to brush against you and your pets.
  2. Keep shady spots and piles of leaves away from your home. Ticks love cool, shaded environments. If your yard is shady, consider thinning out the trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight.
  3. Remove fallen leaves promptly from your yard. A pile of leaves is nothing short of Shangri-La to a tick.
  4. Wear light colored clothes and cover up your legs.  If you have to walk through high grasses, make it easier to spot ticks by wearing light colored clothes. Tuck your pants into your socks (not the coolest look, I know). Ticks move pretty slowly, so a periodic review of your legs should help you spot them in plenty of time.
  5. Try to stick to cleared trails. The less brush rubbing against you, the better.
  6. To DEET or not to DEET? Studies suggest that 20% DEET will prevent ticks. I’m not a huge fan of DEET, so I use a natural pest repellant that is heavy on the rosemary and eucalyptus oils. It seems to do the trick just fine, but it does make me crave chicken… Neem oil also seems to do the trick, though I haven’t used it personally. But if I was going camping, or taking a serious hike, I’d probably consider the DEET.
  7. Apply a tick repellent to your cats and dogs. Even if you think your pets are “indoor pets,” you’d be surprised. My little pup goes out into the yard to do his business and immediately comes back to the house. And still, I’ve found ticks on him.
  8. Get in the habit of nightly checks. Before you slip into your jammies, give yourself a once-over. Check your body’s hot spots, especially: arm pits, behind the knees, up under your hair, behind your ears.
  9. Get some guinea hens or chickens. Seriously. I have friends who have three or four chicken and/or guinea fowl roaming freely around their yard. These friends swear they haven’t seen a tick in years—not on their dogs, their kids, anywhere.
  10. Consult with a professional. Your local tick control company may be able to offer you the added expertise and tools needed to help you create a yard that is inhospitable to ticks.

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How to Keep Your Dogs & Cats Safe from Pests

Dogs and cats are sure to be outside most summer days. Whether you take them for planned walks or let them roam free, they will come in contact with some creepy crawlies. Pet owners need to be especially cautious, as insects like fleas and ticks can pose a serious health risk to dogs, cats, and other animals during the spring and summer.

Fleas are more than an itchy annoyance. Known for leaving itchy red bumps, their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and transfer tapeworms.

Ticks can be equally hazardous to pets. Female ticks can attach near a pet’s spinal cord, causing “tick paralysis.” The condition causes muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed. They also carry lyme disease. It will inflame their joints and can cause lack of appetite and depression.

So, make sure to follow these tips to help reduce your pet’s exposure to fleas and ticks:

  • Avoid walking in tall grass where fleas can easily hitch a ride
  • Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing brushy vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
  • Bathe pets after walks outside.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys weekly.
  • Frequently wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture. Empty vacuum bags in an outside bin.
  • Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt. Be aware of excessive scratching, licking and nibbling grooming behavior in pets.
  • If you suspect a flea or tick pest problem, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to treat the problem.

For more information on pest control in Providence, contact us or call us at 401-992-9000.

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