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How to Get Rid of Ticks in a Lawn

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Overview

There are more than 800 types of ticks, according to the U.S. Army's Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. Many of them are present in North American backyards. Not only do ticks bite, but they may also carry deadly diseases. Defend your yard and your family's health by getting rid of ticks that are hiding in your lawn through landscape management and chemical controls.

Step 1

Increase the level of sunshine in your yard. Ticks are drawn to cool, dark and moist environments. Trim back overhanging trees and prune shrubs along your lawn's border. Use a lawn mower and cut your grass as short as possible for your specific lawn species. The U.S. Army suggests a maximum height of 3 inches.

Step 2

Keep deer out of your yard, because they often carry ticks. Erect fences 10 feet or higher around your property or treat the border of your land with deer-repellent products. The U.S. Army recommends planting border plants that deer don't like to graze upon, such as marigolds, Scotch pine, boxwood hedges and daffodils.

Step 3

Eradicate rodents, which are another common host of ticks, according to the state of Connecticut's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Clear away trash heaps, piles of scrap lumber and other potential hiding places. If you have a significant number of rodents, place lethal or nonlethal traps or rodent poisons around your property or hire a vermin exterminator.

Step 4

Treat your lawn with an insecticide product formulated with carbaryl, deltamethrin or permethrin, and labeled for outdoor use against ticks, according to the U.S. Army. Spray your lawn at the rate printed on the specific insecticide's packaging, because toxicity varies by product. For the most effective results, the AES recommends treating your lawn any time from mid-May to early June.

Tips and Warnings

  • Exercise caution when handling insecticides of any sort, and avoid ingesting, breathing or touching the chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning equipment
  • Lawn mower
  • Fencing
  • Deer repellent
  • Rodent control products
  • Insecticide

References

  • "Ticks: Biology, Disease and Control"; Alan Bowman and Patricia Nuttall; 2009
  • State of Connecticut: Agricultural Experiment Station--Managing Ticks on Your Property
  • U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine: Tick Control Around the Home
Keywords: control lawn ticks, kill ticks, eradicate ticks

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.