If your dogs keep carrying ticks into your home with them, you may want to start focusing on ways to reduce the tick population in your yard instead of trying to tick-proof your dogs. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this.
Make your yard less appealing to ticks
Ticks live in places that are comfortable to them. If you can make your yard less comfortable, they are likely to move on to a place where they can find a better environment. To make your yard less appealing, you may need to:
- Cut your grass shorter – Ticks prefer living in areas with tall, long grass.
- Get rid of foliage waste and trash – Ticks also like to make their homes in areas with piles of grass shavings, leaves, and other types of foliage.
- Keep wild animals out of your yard – Ticks tend to dwell in areas where you find raccoons, deer, and other wild animals. If you can keep these animals out of your yard, you may see a decrease in the number of ticks in your yard.
Taking these steps and looking for other ways to make your yard less appealing could make a huge difference in the number of ticks your dogs carry into your home.
Apply tick-repellant products in your yard
The second main thing you should do is find out what types of ingredients or products are good at keeping ticks away. One thing you could do for this purpose is purchase pyrethrum, also known as Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. This is an organic powder you can sprinkle around your yard. You can also plant your own pyrethrum plants around your yard. It may take time for them to grow, but they may help keep the ticks away once they are established.
In addition, you should make sure you continue using tick-prevention products with your pets, just to make sure your pets are protected against tick bites.
Ticks are small little creatures, but they can be dangerous. They are known for spreading Lyme disease, and they may carry other diseases too. If you can reduce the number of ticks in your yard, you may see a huge decrease in the number of ticks you see inside your home. If you want to protect your home, yard, and pets and are having trouble achieving this yourself, contact a pest control company like Eagle Pest Eliminators today. They can help you reduce the number of ticks in your yard, and this will help you keep ticks out of your home.