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My Yard is Infested with Ticks: How to Kill Ticks and Keep Them Away

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Those are six words you really don’t want to say, right? “My yard is infested with ticks.”

That’s right up there with other great six-word sentences like, “We‘re only delivering anchovy pizzas today” or “Your car just got towed, sorry.”

How to prevent ticks in your yard? How to treat your yard for ticks?

Here’s a good six-word sentence: “Keep reading, you’ll get the answers.”

If Your Yard is Infested with Ticks, Can You See Them?

You’d think so, but you’re not going to see big swarms of ticks. For one thing, ticks are tiny. And they’re really good hiders.

Ticks hang out where your yard borders wooded areas, or shady spots where damp leaves and yard debris accumulate.

TickThey love these dark, hidden spots:

  • Underneath plant leaves
  • Shady areas
  • Wet areas
  • Under decks
  • Low tree limbs
  • Wood piles

Ticks lurk on the tips of grasses and shrubs, waiting for a host to brush up against their spot. Then, they hop on board.

If Your Yard is Infested with Ticks, Should You Worry?

Well, yes.

If ticks just minded their own business, you might not mind if a few hung out quietly on the outskirts of your yard.

But ticks are dangerous.

A tick quickly cuts into its host’s skin, then inserts its feeding tube. It sucks the blood slowly for several days until it’s full.

pest control technician consults with customer As ticks feed, small amounts of their saliva may enter you, your kids or pets, and that’s how they transmit diseases like Lyme Disease, the most common disease spread by ticks in Minnesota.

The average number of reported Lyme Disease cases has more than doubled here over the past 10 years. Symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, headache, neck stiffness, and swollen lymph nodes.

If Lyme Disease goes untreated, neurological problems can set in weeks, months, or even years after infection.

Treat Your Yard for Ticks and Protect Your Kids and Pets

Your backyard should be a family fun spot, a haven for blowing bubbles, peanut butter sandwich picnics on the lawn, and lazy summer afternoons hunting for cool shapes in the clouds.

Maybe it’s your darling dog’s favorite hangout, too, a safe place where he can do wacky dog stuff like roll around in the grass and growl, and bark unreasonably long periods at squirrels.

family sits in grass playing with soccer ballBackyard life shouldn’t be dangerous. But when disease-carrying ticks crash the barbecue, it is.

Ticks are tiny, but a threat to your family and pets.

It’s a great reason to prevent ticks in your yard.

How to Prevent Ticks in Your Minneapolis or Eau Claire Yard

Make sure your yard isn’t an accommodating 4-star hotel for ticks.

  • Get rid of areas where water accumulates. Lots of these spots could be lurking in your yard: old tires; clogged gutters; buckets; wheelbarrows; empty flower pots.
  • Remove leaf litter.
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around your house and at the edge of your lawn.
  • Keep your lawn mowed.
  • Stack any wood neatly and in a dry area.
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard
    edges and trees.
  • Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, rodents, and stray dogs) from entering your yard.
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.

How to Kill Ticks in Your Yard

Targeting ticks where they live and breed is the best tick treatment for yards in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI.

RainMaster’s barrier spray reduces ticks on your property all season long, with regular visits every three weeks. There are six visits total, from spring through fall.

pest control team sprays for ticks near play structureSpecialists spray the perimeter of your yard, hitting the spots where ticks lurk and breed:

  • Underneath plant leaves
  • Shady areas
  • Wet areas
  • Under decks
  • Low tree limbs
  • Wood piles

The results are immediate — a big reduction in ticks. And, a bonus: it reduces mosquitoes, too. At RainMaster, you get rid of both bugs in your lawn for one price.

While no tick control program offers 100 percent control, you absolutely will see a big reduction in ticks and mosquitoes.

Treat Your Yard for Ticks with RainMaster in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI

Why worry about a yard infested with ticks when you can take control and give them the boot?

Tick treatment for yards in Minneapolis, MN and Eau Claire, WI will reduce the number of ticks and mosquitoes in your yard and let you get back to great six-word sentences like “Let’s just lounge around outside today.”

It’s time to take your yard back, and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about dangerous ticks.

Are you ready to stop stressing about ticks? Request a quote today! Then, you can get back to enjoying your yard, without all the worry.

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