Here at Alternative Earthcare, we are anticipating the start of tick season on Long Island to be the first week of March. Our recommendation to our clients and the community is to act fast to prevent tick-borne illnesses.
5 Ways to Treat Your Lawn for Ticks
After a long winter of shoveling, the spring will approach here on Long Island. At that time, the female adult deer ticks emerge to lay thousands of eggs that will hatch later this year. With their emergence will come the possibility of dangerous illnesses that can be carried through tick bites. If you have cats, dogs, or children that play in your yard, it is necessary to spray to stop them from becoming a problem.
Controlling ticks with yard spraying in the early spring will be beneficial for the whole season. Tick yard sprays will kill ticks on contact and their eggs, thus reducing the population both this year and next year.
Here at Alternative Earthcare, we are anticipating the start of tick season on Long Island to be the first week of March. Our recommendation to our clients and the community is to act fast to control against ticks in your yard. When you have dogs and children in your backyard, it is important to minimize risk of tick bites by infected ticks.
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Here are 5 Ways to Prepare Your Yard for Ticks this Spring:
Schedule your first spray treatment as soon as the snow is gone and the ground is unfrozen. This will kill fall’s leftover deer ticks, along with adult American dog ticks and Lone Star ticks that will activate as temperatures begin to warm.
Remove leaf litter and brush from around the property once snow melts. This is the perfect home for ticks. After the clean-up, be sure to put your clothes in the dryer and run it on high for 10 minutes to kill ticks that were carried inside.
Treat all the areas in and around your property that you use, even paths and walkways. While deer ticks often stay in the brush perimeter of the property, other types of ticks may venture out further in the yard.
Control nymphal deer ticks that activate later in the spring around May. Tick treatments (tick tubes) on the yard and the perimeter will control these tiny ticks. This is an important step in order to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease and other diseases.
Deter the deer in early spring that come close to the home in search of food. These deer can carry ticks onto your property. Protecting your plants with a repellent or deer fencing will teach deer not to come onto your property in search of food.
Whether you are a new homeowner or have lived in your home for years, tick control is an important topic. Controlling and removing these harmful insects will ensure the safety of your pets and loved ones. When you call Alternative Earthcare of Long Island, we will give you a free estimate and start treating your lawn immediately. We will spray your lawn, trees, bushes and shrubs to ensure that we kill all ticks and any eggs that may have been laid. Ticks have a 2-year life-cycle that will end after they have laid thousands of eggs. Combined with wildlife, the two-year life cycle explains why some experience ticks for the first time in a home they have lived in for years. Contact us today to protect your springtime lawn from these harmful insects.
Why Choose Alternative Earthcare?
By choosing our services, you can rest easy knowing that we won't be poisoning your property in order to improve its appearance.
Now is the time to contact one of our professional staff managers that can help you utilize our services in order to help ensure that your trees, plantings and landscape are healthy, insect free, properly watered, and remain free of poison ivy all season long. Remember, our services include organic and least toxic methods.