How to Prevent Ticks in Your Yard
Keeping your lawn clear of the many pesky parasites vying to feast on your pets, such as fleas and ticks, can seem like a daunting task. But with these few simple steps, you can help tick-proof your yard, feel more secure about your pet’s health, worry less about removing ticks from your pets when they return into your home, and help safeguard your pets from tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease.
How Can I Keep Ticks Out of My Yard?
- Pet-Safe Yard Treatment: Spray your front yard and backyard twice a year with a pet-safe outdoor pesticide made specifically to repel ticks.
- Create a Barrier: If your property lies beside a wooded area, be sure to create a barrier between your yard and the wooded area with gravel, wood chips, or mulch. It will help prevent ticks from migrating into your yard.
- Basic Yard Maintenance: Keep your property well-manicured. An overgrown lawn, hedge, or collection of shrubs can be an ideal place for a tick to set up camp, waiting for its chance to strike as your pets to come into contact with an overgrown blade of grass or an untrimmed branch or leaf.
- Reduce Debris: Remove yard clutter, such as leaves, rocks, or woodpiles, as these too are ideal hiding places for ticks.
- Protect with Preventives: Despite all these preventive measures, we still recommend year-round tick prevention, especially in the summer, and regular checks of your pet’s coat after any period of time outdoors.
Need More Information?
For more information about the dangers that parasites present to your pets, contact your local Banfield veterinarian, or check out our dedicated Parasites page. Also, feel free to consult our interactive Parasite Prevention guide to get a better idea of how to fully parasite-proof your home and yard, browse through our Pet Health Resource Library, or check out some of the links below.