Tick Habitats & Barriers
TO PROTECT YOUR YARD FROM TICKS THIS FALL & BEYOND
Summer is officially over, no more camping, pool parties, cookouts ...and no more ticks and mosquitoes biting either, right?? It's true--summertime is the “tickiest” time of the year, especially in the eastern United States. But just because you haven't seen many (or any) ticks lately, doesn't mean that your risk for catching Lyme disease or some other nasty tick-transmitted germ is over for the year. In fact, it's just about to ramp up a few notches.
DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER ARE PEAK ADULT BLACKLEGGED TICK SEASON
It may surprise you to learn that by not knowing that October and November are the months of peak adult blacklegged (deer) tick activity, you likely have let down your guard against ticks, and may have stopped being as dilligent as you were were in the summer months. Many people assume that ticks are not a significant threat in the fall and winter and so they stop monthly treatments for their property.That puts you at a much greater risk for Lyme disease.
As the Director of the TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Mather (a.k.a. "The Tick Guy") has funneled his passion for area-wide tick control strategies, tick-bite protection, and tick-borne disease prevention into the center by getting the public more involved in current research and tick education.
In an interview he had with the blog Life With Dogs he answered the following question:
"So many people associate ticks with summer and with Deer Ticks, Is this incorrect or is there a danger year round?"
Dr. Mather responded by saying: “...on the East Coast, things are about to heat up with the adult ticks, especially as we get into October and November…Once there is snow and freezing it slows them down on the East Coast though they are still a risk, especially on the warmer winter days…”
All to often we forget, yes even those of us who work in the Landscaping insdustry that Ticks are not just a "summer problem". They are year round with seasonal fluctuations. Just this week someone here at Swazy found several ticks on their son one of which had latched on quite nicely... This urged us to come up with our list of the
11 Ways to Create a Tick-Safe Zone Through Landscaping