Ticks love leaf litter, brush, and long grass. Therefore, it’s necessary to remove
all yard debris and keep your grass short. Furthermore, it’s essential to use a clipping catcher when mowing so that these clippings don’t attract ticks. Ticks also love to hide in non-organic debris such as trash. Keep your yard as clean and trimmed as possible to reduce ticks.
Placing wood chips between lawns and wooded area repel ticks. A 3-foot wide barrier of these wood chips is optimal. Furthermore, cedarwood chips provide extra protection because they are excellent repellent for many insect pests, ticks included. It’s important to note that while ticks won’t cross this mulch, they can still be carried over it by animals.
Often, ticks catch a ride to your yard by deer and other animals. Having a fence around your yard can keep these animals out and thus keep the ticks out. The fence should reach 7 feet or higher because deer can jump over fences shorter than this. Over time, proper fencing can decrease the number of ticks in your yard by 90%.
Ticks love to hide in piles of firewood and often find homes in the crevices of bark. These hidden pests are especially hazardous, as they are likely to catch a ride indoors via this firewood. However, adequately stacked firewood in a dry area is less likely to attract rodents and other animals carrying these ticks. Furthermore, keep your stack at least 5 feet away from your home and away from any dog runs or play areas. When bringing wood inside for the fireplace, make sure to handle it properly and check yourself for ticks afterward.