The Trick To Effective Tick Control In Your Laurel Yard

Ticks continue to grow as a pest control concern in the Washington D.C. area, and Laurel is no exception. While ticks aren't much to look at in terms of size, they have the ability to carry some big diseases. You've probably heard of Lyme disease. That is the tick-borne disease that gets the most publicity—for good reason. It can lead to lifelong health problems. But ticks also spread many lesser-known diseases, many of which have the potential to be fatal. That is why it is important that you understand how ticks come into your yard, how they get into your home, and most importantly, how to prevent ticks from doing both of these.

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How Ticks Come Into Your Yard

Ticks don't generally travel far on their own. They prefer to take animals as hosts. The control of ticks begins with controlling wildlife activity.

Yard Pests

Some animals come into your yard and that is as far as they go. They'll nibble on your plants. They'll dig holes. They'll find harborage under your deck. But they don't get into your home.

This type of wildlife pest can be managed by:

  • Keeping trash in sealed receptacles that cannot be knocked over.

  • Installing fencing around food sources such as gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes.

  • Installing fencing to protect voids underneath structures from being used for harborage.

  • Putting bird feeders at least 20 feet from your exterior.

  • Removing yard clutter that animals can hide under.

  • Keeping your grass and landscaping trimmed.

  • Removing sources of standing water.

Structure-Infesting Pests

Some animals aren't content to stay in your yard. The two top invaders to be concerned about are rats and mice. These animals get in and stay in. Once inside, they'll explore every floor of your home. As they do, they drop ticks. While ticks don't take humans as hosts, some species will readily attach to humans and draw a blood meal. When they do, they can transmit diseases.

This type of wildlife pest can be managed by:

  • Doing a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and sealing holes or gaps that are larger than a dime.

  • Removing items from near your home. Mice and rats use these as cover as they chew their way in.

    trim branches away from your roofline.

  • Put wire mesh in your downspouts so rodents can climb up to your roof.

Direct Tick Control

When ticks are dropped in your yard, especially near your home, or near outdoor recreation areas, they can be a threat. You may be able to reduce this threat by maintaining a dry exterior.

You can keep your landscaping and exterior dry by:

  • Keeping your gutter free of debris.

  • Addressing conditions that allow puddles to form near your home.

  • Fixing exterior plumbing leaks, such as around your spigots.

  • Trimming tree canopy to allow the sunlight to dry things out.

  • Watering your plants in the morning so the sun has time to dry the moisture before nightfall.

  • Putting space between the plants in your landscaping. This provides better airflow and allows the topsoil to dry fast.

  • Removing containers that capture rainwater.

  • Removing leaf clutter, sticks, grass clippings, and other debris that can promote moisture underneath.

How Capitol Pest Can Help

If you're looking to do more than reduce ticks and manage the threat of tick-borne diseases, the best solution is to invest in routine treatments that work to eliminate ticks around your home.

  • Tick treatments are residual and work to take down ticks between service visits.

  • Tick treatments do not harm humans, pets, or wildlife.

  • Tick treatments have the potential to reduce the tick population around your home to zero.

At Capitol Pest, we offer Mosquito & Tick Control for Laurel as well as the greater Washington D.C. area. This service is always active during tick season and it provides your perimeter with the protection it needs to prevent ticks from waiting on your vegetation to climb onto you or your pets. If you have questions or you'd like to schedule service, reach out to us. We're standing by to assist you with this important protection for the health of your pets and your family. 


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