With the amount of rain we have been receiving across Oklahoma this season, it has been hard for homeowners to keep their mowing habits up with the growth of the grass. When grass gets too high, it could provide the perfect home for a variety of unwanted pests. Perhaps the most alarming is ticks. In this article, we will look at some of the ways you can proactively prevent ticks from finding a new home in your yard to ensure your family and pets stay safe.
Although it can be incredibly hard to mow when the ground is still wet, it is an important facet in the fight against ticks. If possible, mow at a higher cutting level or mow before storms arrive to ensure your grass has room to grow. If the grass was already high before you mowed it, it may be a good idea to dispose of clippings instead of letting them sit.
Like other insects, ticks have to migrate into your yard in order to take root. Fortunately, homeowners can capitalize on this behavior by causing potential ticks discomfort before they even arrive. One way to do this is by adding gravel or wood chips around your landscaping to create a buffer zone that irritates the feet of ticks. Once in place, you will be far less likely to become a target of these persistent pests.
Store Wood Properly
Now that winter is over, you likely have a surplus of wood sitting around your home that wasn’t used in your firepit or fireplace. With recent rains, there’s a good chance that these wood piles have retained moisture which is essential for the survival of ticks. Ensure that your wood is neatly stacked in a sunny area to encourage it to dry out and eliminate a potential home for ticks.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.