Ticks present a health threat in the Pittsburgh area, and with the mild winter we just had, experts are estimating higher than usual tick populations this year. Now is the time to get your yard ready. How do you do that? By changing conditions that allow ticks to come into your yard. Proactive tick prevention can help you mitigate the threat of tick-borne diseases. Here's how it works.
Prevent Wildlife Traffic
Animals bring ticks into your yard. The first step in any tick prevention effort is to reduce wildlife traffic. You can do this in a few ways.
Remove food sources that attract wildlife such as open trash, bird seed, nuts, pet food, unprotected vegetables or fruits, etc. Also consider that some rodents don't eat what you might consider to be food. If you see a raccoon digging at your lawn, you may have a grub infestation. If you see rodents chewing the bark off the base of your trees, you may need to install metal protectors to stop them.
Remove standing water. Stow objects away that capture rainwater. Address conditions that allow puddles to form.
Remove unnecessary lawn clutter. Animals use the items in your lawn as hiding places.
Move wood piles away from your home and elevate them.
Install fencing to protect food sources or prevent animals from seeking harborage in voids underneath structures.
Keep your grass cut short.
Sealing Entry Points
If mice, rats, or squirrels come into your yard, they can do more than bring ticks near to your home; they can bring them into your home. You can work to prevent this. Consider these tips.
Seal gaps around door and window frames, pipes, wire conduit, and the weatherstripping on doors.
Make sure your screens are in good condition.
Make sure you have working door sweeps.
Make sure exhaust vents have protective covers.
Seal any gaps, cracks, or holes in your exterior.
Inspect your soffits for damage and get the damage repaired.
If you have a dog or cat that goes in and out of your home, your pet can be a vehicle for ticks. It is important to consider tick prevention for your pets.
Check with your veterinarian to find out if a tick collar is the right option for your pet and for your family.
If you have a dog that plays outside and you do not have a fenced-in area, consider having one created. This keeps your dog from getting into points around your home where ticks may be hiding. It also reduces wildlife traffic in the area your dog will frequent.
Direct Tick Reduction
For the greatest level of protection, it is necessary to apply residual treatments to eliminate ticks in the places they hide. This should be done by a licensed pest management professional to ensure the right product is used in the correct amounts. If you live in Pittsburgh, we can assist you with this.
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We've been around since 1908.
We employ highly trained and fully-certified pest professionals.
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Ticks don't just ruin your outdoor fun, they can spread harmful diseases to you and your pets. As we head into this season of unusually high tick populations, get protected. Contact Witt Pest Management and schedule to meet with one of our pest management professionals. We'll help you set up a program that is right for the specific needs of your yard and your family. Life has enough challenges without adding the misery of tick-borne illness. Let us help you reduce the risk. Reach out to Witt today.
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