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How to Kill Ticks in a Yard

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Overview

While insecticides will kill the majority of ticks in a yard, ticks that are hiding in crevices or already feeding on pets will survive. Repeated treatments significantly reduce the number of nymph and adult ticks if the chemicals are applied correctly. Managing the landscape to create tick-free zones for work and play will also provide protection for your family without overusing poisons. A good control program also includes treatment for pets and wild animal populations.

Step 1

Mow the yard. Keep the grass cut short to deprive ticks of their prime habitat. Regular mowing shifts both temperature and humidity out of the range ticks prefer, causing them to migrate to more hospitable turf.

Step 2

Cut tall weeds at the edges of the yard and along building foundations with a line trimmer. Ticks often climb to the tops of weeds and bushes in search of food.

Step 3

Scatter tick-killing insecticide granules at the edges of the yard. Solid particles of wide-spectrum insecticides like carbaryl, permethrin or chlorpyrifos work down into the debris layers where ticks hide and lay eggs after feeding.

Step 4

Spray liquid insecticide along the edges of sidewalks, flagstones and foundations. Ticks hide in any small crevices, finding cover in cracks in concrete or behind the slats of wooden fences. Spray in these areas thoroughly to reach ticks that are out of the reach of granule poisons.

Step 5

Repeat applications every four weeks until the infestation is controlled. Apply poisons at least twice to eliminate the next generation of hatching ticks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Any insecticide that kills ticks also kills beneficial insects and may harm wildlife. Use only in recommended concentrations and discontinue when tick numbers decline. Landscaping techniques that remove the cover ticks require provide safer long-term solutions to tick control.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Line trimmer
  • Manual pump sprayer
  • Liquid insecticide
  • Granular insecticide

References

  • University of Nebraska Extension: Controlling Ticks
  • Center for Disease Control: Stop Ticks
  • University of Delaware Extension: Tick Control

Who Can Help

  • Tick Texas: Ticks 101
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About this Author

James Young began writing as a military journalist in Alaska and combat correspondent in Vietnam. His lifetime fascination with technical and manual arts yields decades of experience in electronics, turnery, blacksmithing, outdoor sports, woodcarving, joinery and sailing. Young's articles have been published in Tai Chi Magazine, Sonar 4 Ezine, The Marked Tree, Stars & Stripes, the SkinWalker Files and Fine Woodworking.