As autumn rapidly approaches with its gorgeous array of falling leaves, crisp sunsets, and fall blooms, we’re not the only ones looking forward to the beautiful weather. Fall, as well as spring, is a tick’s favorite season, and their activity skyrockets before the winter chill sets in. As these pesky parasites eagerly quest for their next meal, they may set up shop in your yard to lie in wait for a victim. Our team at Southfork Animal Hosptial wants to help protect your furry friend and reduce your home’s curb appeal for ticks. In addition to keeping your furry pal on year-round tick prevention, try the following three ways to minimize your two- and four-legged family members’ exposure to ticks.
#1: Clean organic debris and waste from your yard
The leaves that fall and build up in your yard create the perfect environment for ticks and, more importantly, the wildlife hosts that feed ticks. Create an unattractive habitat for parasites and wild animals by removing leaf litter, brush, stones, and lumber. Trim back overhanging tree branches and overgrown bushes to increase sun exposure. Direct sunlight in hot, dry areas helps repel ticks by creating an inhospitable environment.
#2: Mow your grass to the appropriate height
A shorter lawn will put more stress on your grass, but will also discourage ticks from settling in. Ticks prefer the cool, shady, and moist habitat provided by longer grass, which also offers protection from insect-eating birds. Keep your yard mowed to about two to three inches to compel ticks to find another home, while still keeping your lawn in good shape.
#3: Cultivate pest-repelling plants
Plants such as thyme, catnip, rosemary, wormwood, chrysanthemums, pennyroyal, citronella, geraniums, and eucalyptus are believed to naturally deter a wide variety of insects, including ticks, mosquitoes, flies, and wasps. Growing these plants in your yard may not only keep away ticks but also add beauty to your lawn.
While taking these steps to minimize your home’s curb appeal will help reduce your local tick population, no protection is more effective for your pet than year-round tick prevention. Contact our team for the best flea and tick preventive option for your furry pal.