You may know that ticks carry disease, but what you may not know is that there could be ticks as close as your own backyard. This guide will tell you about the life cycle of ticks, some of the diseases ticks spread, easy ways to keep ticks out of your yard, and the best way to prevent ticks. We’ll give you a hint on that last one: you should call a professional Marlborough pest control company like Bug Bully Pest Control to treat your yard.
The Life Cycle Of Common Ticks
There are three primary types of ticks in Marlborough: the black-legged or deer tick, the dog tick, and the lone star tick. All three varieties go through the same life cycle. They start as eggs, then hatch as six-legged larvae. As “adolescents,” they grow two more legs to become nymphs. Finally, they grow into full-size adults.
At all three non-egg life stages, ticks are capable of feeding on hosts. Larvae typically stick to smaller mammals such as mice, rats, squirrels, birds, and amphibians. Nymphs and adults can go after larger prey such as foxes, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. Some species need a different host for each life stage, while others prefer the same host throughout their life.
Tick extermination services are necessary to stop the spread of all the diseases ticks can spread from animals to other animals and humans.
The Dangerous Diseases Ticks Are Known To Spread
Ticks in Marlborough can carry a number of dangerous diseases, including:
- Lyme disease
- B. miyamotoldisease
- Powassan virus
- Heartland virus
- Bourbon virus
- Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI)
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
To stop these insidious diseases from spreading, you need to know how to get rid of ticks in your yard: Call a professional pest control company like Bug Bully Pest Control.
Five Easy Tips To Prevent Ticks Around Your Yard
For some level of tick control, there are a few measures you can take to prevent ticks from taking up residence near your home.
- Keep everything in your yard trimmed. Mow your grass short, and trim shrubbery back to let sunlight in and moisture out.
- Make your yard less inviting to small animals. Clear out yard debris, brush, and fallen leaves. Clean up fallen fruit or nuts from trees.
- Don’t plant anything in your garden that might attract deer, including corn, peas, turnips, or kale.
- Protect your garden with ¼ inch hardware cloth, 26 gauge or stronger. Keep your stacked firewood at least 20 feet away from your house on racks that keep it at least a foot off the ground. Make sure bird feeders are inaccessible to squirrels and other rodents.
- If your yard backs up onto a wooded area or meadow, create a three-foot barrier with wood chips, mulch, or gravel – to deter ticks from crossing into your yard.
To be on the safe side, you should always wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants that are tucked into your socks when you’re spending time outside. Check yourself and your pets for ticks every time you come inside. They like to hide behind your knees, in your armpits, on the back of your neck, in your hairline, and behind your ears.
The Best Way To Prevent Ticks Around Your Home And Yard
If you need to know how to get rid of ticks in your yard, all you need to know is that you can’t do it yourself. You need Bug Bully Pest Control and our 12 years of experience treating yards for ticks to take care of the problem. We’re safe, local, and effective. Contact us today for your free estimate on home pest control.