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29 April

Preventing Ticks in your Long Island Yard

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Please note:  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other government health agencies recommend a tick lawn treatment to reduce tick populations.  Suburban Exterminating offers tick treatments for your lawn. Learn more about our tick treatments here

Over 10 Tickborne Diseases  are spread by these tiny bugs. One kind of tick bite can even cause mild to severe allergic reactions when you eat red meat. 

In our area, Lyme disease is the most common disease spread through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a rash. Without treatment, Lyme disease can spread to your joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Your pets can contract Lyme disease, too!

Preventing Ticks in your Long Island Yard 

Deer sightings are becoming more common across Long Island. When deer wander into your yard, ticks might be hitchhiking on their backs. Mice carry ticks, too.

The following landscaping changes can discourage deer and mice from entering your property in the 1st place.

Landscaping Changes

  • Keep your grass short and your leaves raked.
  • Clean up brush and cut down tall grass around your property.
  • Think about your patio and play areas. Are they in a sunny location? Is there a 3-ft wide wood chips or gravel area between lawns and wooded areas?
  • Keep your firewood dry and away from house, patio and play areas.

Plants Attract Deer (and their Ticks)

While no plant is deer proof, some plants are rarely eaten by deer.  Unfortunately, like many Long Islanders, my yard has many plants on the EPA’s list of “deer -attractive” plants. Plants that attract deer include:

Annuals and Perennials: Impatiens (Impatiens), sunflower ( Helianthus ), English daisy ( Bellis ), dahlia ( Dahlia ), and fibrous begonia ( Begonia )

Bulbs and Corms : Tulip ( Tulipa ), daylily ( Hemerocallis ), lilies ( Lilium ), and spring- flowering crocus ( Crocus )

Herbaceous Perennials : Hosta ( Hosta ), garden phlox ( P. paniculata ), hollyhock ( Alcea ), daisy ( Chrysanthenum ), black-eyed susan ( Rudbeckia ), Jerusalem artichoke ( Helianthus ), candytuft ( Iberis ), shasta daisy ( Leucanthemum ), coneflower ( Echinacea ), cardinal flower ( Lobelia ), hibiscus ( Hibiscus ), and rose mallow ( Malva )

Shrubs and Trees : Yew ( Taxus ), euonymus ( Euonymus ), arborvitae ( Thuja ), deciduous azalea ( Rhododendron ), rhododendron ( Rhododendron ) evergreen azalea ( Rhododendron ), rose ( Rosa ), hydrangea ( Hydrangea ), American holly ( Ilex ), evergreen holly ( Ilex ), yucca ( Yucca ), eastern red cedar ( Juniperus ), juniper ( Juniperus ), mountain laurel ( Kalmia ), and hemlock ( Tsuga )

Suburban Exterminating has solutions for ticks in your yard. Give Suburban a call at (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900 or (631) 287-6900.

 

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