Apply pesticides to control ticks
A pesticide designed to kill ticks is sometimes called an acaricide. Acaricides can be very effective in reducing tick populations. If properly timed, a single application at the end of May or beginning of June can reduce tick populations by 68-100 percent.
The Environmental Protection Agency and your state determine the availability of pesticides. Check with local health officials about the best time to apply acaricide in your area, as well as any rules and regulations related to pesticide application on residential properties. Or contact a professional pesticide company to apply pesticides at your home.
Create a tick-safe zone
Use landscaping techniques to create a tick-safe zone around homes, parks, and recreational areas.
Ticks that transmit Lyme disease thrive in humid wooded areas. They die quickly in sunny and dry environments. Here are some simple landscaping techniques to help reduce tick populations.
Landscape plan for tick prevention
This diagram and information on integrated tick management, area-wide chemical control of ticks, organic land care and biological control can be found in the Tick Management Handbook, by Kirby Stafford.
Ticks that transmit Lyme disease can be found on deer. Actions to control deer movement or populations in communities are usually initiated at the local level in consultation with your state wildlife agency. However, there are actions you can take at your property that may help reduce deer populations around your home.
Tools for tick control
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Landscape and Trail management insights provided by the CDC.