Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Simple Ways To Prevent Tick And Mosquito Bites

There's nothing as relaxing as sitting outside and enjoying the warm summer months; when the weather gets warmer, people tend to make it a point to enjoy the outdoors. If you spend time outdoors, then you know that some bugs like ticks and mosquitoes are inexplicably attracted to people. That would be fine if it was only an inconvenience, but bugs like these spread disease. 

Protecting yourself and your family from tick and mosquito bites prevents itching, but it also lessens your chances of getting sick. Try these simple tips to help rid your yard of potentially harmful insects:

Get Rid Of Standing Water

If you have a problem with mosquitoes, getting rid of standing water around your home helps to reduce their numbers. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water, so if you make your yard inhospitable, they'll look for somewhere else to live.

Get rid of old or empty forgotten items like tires, buckets and toys that are harboring water in your yard, and turn them upside down so water isn't able to pool inside of them. Make sure to check your yard for any objects that may be collecting water; this means you need to empty flower pots, wading pools and garbage cans.

Remove Brush And Tall Grass

When it comes to ticks, they love hiding in tall grass and brush. If you want to reduce the amount of ticks in your yard, you'll need to cut back brush, rake leaves and clear tall grass. Also, if you have pets, you always need to keep an eye on them to make sure that there aren't any ticks in their fur; check them regularly to make sure that they aren't bringing ticks inside of your home.

Always make sure to keep your lawn well manicured, and use something like gravel or wood chips to separate your patio or play equipment from grassy areas. This won't completely get rid of them, but it'll make your yard inhospitable, so it'll greatly cut down on their numbers.

Get Professional Help

The best mosquito and tick treatment is done by a professional. A professional can come to your home and treat all the problem areas in your yard without harsh chemicals. They can use things like essential oils and fragrances to repel these bugs, and when they do this, you don't have to worry about your children or pets being exposed to poisonous chemicals.
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