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Creating a tick-free zone around your house !

Create a tick-free zone around your house

The best way to reduce the tick population around your home and on your property is to make it less habitable to these biting pests. To that end, we suggest:

  • Mowing your lawn regularly

  • Clearing out dense overgrowth

  • Removing rock piles and addressing other areas where mice live and breed

  • Installing fence to keep deer out of your tick-free zone

  • Signing up for seasonal tick control services (more on this later)

Protect yourself when outdoors

Fear of ticks should not stop you from enjoying time outdoors when the weather is at its warmest. We encourage you to spend time hiking, gardening, and pursuing other outdoor interests but do so in a way that reduces your exposure to ticks.

  • Stay on trails and avoid wooded areas

  • Steer clear of tall grass and overgrowth

  • Dress in light-colored clothing to make tick detection easier

  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants when spending time in areas where ticks are likely to be present

  • Use tick repellant products that contain permethrin on your clothing and footwear

  • Apply tick repellents to exposed skin that contain 20-30% DEET

  • After outdoor excursions, ALWAYS check yourself, family members, and pets for ticks

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