Are there other ways to protect myself and my family?
- Reduce ticks on your property by:
- pruning trees
- clearing brush
- removing litter
- mowing grass short, and letting it dry thoroughly between waterings.
- Move shubbery and overgrowth farther away from areas frequented by people.
- Make your property unattractive to animals that are hosts to ticks by:
- eliminating birdfeeders, birdbaths, and salt licks;
- erecting fencing around the property;
- clearing away woodpiles, garbage, and leaf piles;
- removing stonewalls that provide homes to wildlife.
- Have your property chemically treated.
- You can kill ticks on your property by applying chemicals. Seek professional advice before application. Carefully timed applications increase effectiveness.
The Tick Management Handbook, an integrated guide for homeowners, pest control operators, and public health officials from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, provides great information on ticks, tick-associated diseases, personal protection, prevention, how to prepare your landscape, chemical controls. Click here to download the Tick Handbook.(The Tick Handbook is 68 pages and 6.8 megabytes.)
- October 1, 2012 at 4:33 am
We recently purchased a home. On the side of a metal shed
about 60 feet away from the house there is a sizeable, uncovered (30′)woodpile. I have picked up a couple ticks by simply walking out to it. there
is no high grass. Question: Can I chemically treat the pile of wood? What
is the chemical of choice? I would use local pest conrol person. Then,
if treated, and later burned in the fireplace, will it be dangerous to breathe
in the fumes from the smoke etc> Thanks
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