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Create a Tick-Free Backyard in 5 Easy Steps

Posted May 13, 2014

Ticks belong to the arachnid family and come in a variety of shapes and sizes- some as small as the head of a pin ! But don’t let their scale fool you- these pesky 8 leggers can carry with them a host of dangerous diseases, making them a serious threat to the health of your favourite furry friend. Of course, the best way to avoid tick bites is to prevent your animal from coming into contact with them in the first place. That’s why today we’re listing our top tips for creating a tick-free outdoor space for your pets, just in time for summer.

1) Trim it Back
Ticks are most commonly found in overgrown areas lacking sunlight. If your yard has an overgrown garden or low hanging plant life, it’s best to trim it back. Sun and wind provide dry air harsh enough to eradicate a tick population.

2) Tidy it Up
Take the time at the beginning of the warmer seasons to remove any old leaf litter or plant debris from the fall. Old mulch and weeds provide the perfect damp, dark home for ticks to grow

3) Mow it Down
Mow your lawn to a height of 3 inches or less. Shortening your grass lowers the humidity at ground level, making it harder for ticks to survive.

4) Sun it Up
Is there a high traffic area in your backyard where your pets spend the most time? Make sure it’s getting enough sunlight. This may mean trimming back some tree branches or moving the area closer to the centre of the yard. Add some sun and reduce the chances of ticks sticking around.

5) Give it a Border
Particularly if your yard backs onto a ravine or forested area, it can be helpful to create a border between your yard and the outlying foliage. Pebbles or cedar chips can add enough of a gap to deter ticks from entering the yard.

What about in the woods?
Try as we might to prevent a tick population from laying claim to the yard, taking a pet out for a hike or a long walk by the lake can easily present additional opportunities for contact. Before setting out for an outdoor adventure, you can give your animal extra protection with an all natural pet remedy spray such as NHV’s Target Spray and Ouch Away Spray. These soothing formulas work to naturally repel fleas, ticks, lice, and mosquitoes, as well as their eggs. And if you suspect that your pet has been bitten, both natural pet products will work to calm irritated skin and stop excessive scratching.

With some extra planning and a little bit of elbow grease, you can significantly reduce your pet’s chances of contracting a tick-related disease this summer. Prevention really is the key to avoiding a run-in with one of these nasty little pests. For more information on NHV’s natural insect repellants, or to learn more about any of our all natural pet remedies, visit the NHV website today!

Have your pets ever come in contact with ticks? Have you ever had to remove a tick from your pet’s coat?

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