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MAY 11 2023 /
It's Tick Awareness Week and Lyme Disease Awareness Month. With an estimated 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease occurring in the US every year, it's important to remember that the peak season for contracting the tick-borne illness is late spring into early summer.
This year’s tick population is more abundant than ever now because of the warmer winter and early spring we’ve had. This means that there is an increased risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. The best way to avoid this potential health risk is prevention.
Here are our favorite DIY Tips to Prevent Ticks on Your Property:
1. It’s essential to cut your grass frequently because ticks are sensitive to dry conditions and do not thrive in short vegetation.
2. Reduce leaf litter since this is one of the main places ticks like to hide.
3. Create a 3-foot barrier using wood chips or gravel around the perimeter of your yard to keep ticks out.
4. Build a fence around your backyard that is tall enough to keep out deer and other animals that carry ticks.
5. Ticks prefer cool moist areas, so trimming large bushes, trees, and shrubs allows for more direct sunlight in your yard, making it a less hospitable environment for ticks.
6. Ticks shy away from the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, rose, and geranium, so spraying these scents onto exposed skin can deter ticks from latching on.
7. If all else fails, call a professional like us! There is no better protection than an Organic Tick treatment from one of our certified specialists.
JP McHale Pest Management is committed to protecting public health through our specialized pest management programs. Keeping the communities we serve healthy and safe is our top priority. Our Organic Tick Management program effectively reduces the tick population on your property, while guarding against vector-borne diseases like Lyme. For more information call (866) 569-1665 or email email@example.com.