Do not take a tick problem lightly. Aside from giving most folks the willies, they carry some very nasty diseases. I hate to sound like a broken DVD but we are back to controlling our environment. Ticks just don’t show up in an area. The urban wildlife (rabbits, rats, squirrels, raccoons, etc.) that visit us are bringing in the ticks. Yes, I know how cute they are, but they are bringing friends. There are a few things you can do now, to prevent ticks from infesting your yard. If you feed the birds stop, for about a month or so. Do not leave pet food outside. Keep the grass short, flowerbeds maintained and any brush picked up. This includes the stacks of firewood.
If you’re going to be out in areas that are prone to ticks, a little precaution can keep the ticks from latching on and coming home with you. Spray your shoe and long pants with Permethrin. When you arrive home, strip your clothes and place them in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. This will kill any ticks that may be hiding in your clothing. And finally, make sure your dog is protected with an effective flea and tick preventative.
At Wells Brothers, we’ve got all-natural and synthetic insecticides that will kill ticks. Talk to our experts about the products we recommend for tick control. As always read and follow the label directions.