The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your NH Lakes Region Property
With dangerous tick-borne diseases such as Babesiosis, Lyme Disease, and anaplasmosis, it is important to avoid ticks and tick bites. Keeping your property less attractive to ticks in the NH Lakes Region is truly as easy as 1,2,3 with the 6 C’s of tick control to guide the way.
1. Clear out.
Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic.
Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow your grass regularly and keep the lawn short.
3. Choose plants.
Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
4. Check hiding places.
Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. The base of fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.
5. Care for family pets.
Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick medication. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.
6. Call in the Pros.
Our Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region professionals utilize both barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes” that effectively eliminate nymph ticks.