Pesticides to control ticks, are the most effective way to reduce tick populations, particularly if combined with landscaping methods that decrease tick habitat. Both liquid and granular formulations provide consistent control, and only small amounts of properly applied material is necessary. While each property is unique, most will receive the following treatment recommendations and results
Some organic pesticide products are less effective; multiple applications may be required.
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Ticks are commonly found in shady, humid, densely wooded areas, as well as the unmanaged edge habitats between woodland and open areas. Woodland paths may harbor a high number of ticks, especially adults. These areas also attract deer, rodents and small mammals—the common hosts that ticks require. In lawns, most ticks are located within 3 yards of the outer edge particularly when they border woodlands, stonewalls, or ornamental plantings. Ticks also inhabit ornamental and groundcover vegetation. Landscape maintenance and modification can create an environment that is unattractive to tick hosts. Fewer ticks are found on well-maintained lawns, except in areas adjacent to preferred tick habitiat—woodlands, stonewalls, heavy groundcover and ornamental vegetation. However, landscape practices that discourage ticks will not eliminate ticks; integrating other tick control practices may be necessary. Landscape modifications should center around the areas frequently used by people, not necessarily the entire property. Elimination of all woodland and wildlife habitats is not necessary or environmentally desirable. To minimize ticks in residential landscapes:
Keep grass mowed.