7 Tips on Reducing Ticks and Mosquitoes in Your Northern VA Yard

Posted On: May 21,2019 By: Todd Thomasson

family in yard with tick and mosquito controlDo you feel stressed about the risk of ticks and mosquitoes every time that you go outside? All you want to do is enjoy time outdoors with your friends and family members (including your four-legged ones) but you always have to be on guard about the potential threat lurking in your yard.

That might mean slathering on the bug spray or possibly even reducing time spent outside. There’s no question that it can put a major damper on those warm weather days.

You may just wish there was an effective (and safe) way at reducing ticks and mosquitoes in the yard.

Actually, there are a number of different ways that you can have a dramatic impact on the populations of these unwanted pests.

Tips for Reducing Ticks in Yard

Given the danger associated with ticks, you want to do everything in your power to be reducing the ticks in your yard. Here are some ways that you can make an effort to keep your property safer.

1. Keep Your Property Neat and Tidy

Ticks love to have lots of places to hide out, so the more focus you put on keeping your yard trim and tidy, the less likely that ticks will choose your property to take up residence. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests the following points for creating what they call a “tick-safe zone” on your property.

  • Reduce leaf litter.
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around your home and the edge of lawns.
  • Mow the lawn frequently.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents which ticks feed upon).
  • Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, or stray dogs) from entering your yard.

Of course, keeping up with ongoing property maintenance tasks can be a huge chore and easily consume all of your free time.

If you’re committed to keeping your property neat and trim, but just don’t have the time, you can hire a professional landscape maintenance service to handle these tasks for you. You’ll reap the benefits of discouraging pests while also ensuring your property looks and performs its best.

2. Dress Protectively

Clothing can also help protect you from ticks. Ticks can climb off of taller vegetation that people or animals walk through. But if your skin is covered, you will make it difficult for them to attach and feed. Tucking pant legs into socks and wearing long sleeves is a good way to keep ticks on the outside of clothing, where they can easily be seen.

A lot of times, ticks are brought into people’s properties or homes from somewhere else. If you spent outdoor time somewhere other than your home (particularly in a wooded area hiking or a field), you should always check your clothing for ticks. Ticks are often carried indoors on clothing and attach to a person later on.

The CDC advises tumble drying clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing. If clothes are damp, extra time may be needed.

3. Check Yourself and Your Pets

dog in grass with organic pest controlThe best way to prevent tick-borne diseases is to catch a tick before it bites (or as soon after as possible). The CDC advises always checking your body, and your pets’ bodies, for these pests upon coming indoors.

Remember, ticks like to hide out and go unseen whenever possible. The CDC advises checking the following not-so-obvious hiding spots, among other spots on your body.

  • Under the arms/ in armpits
  • In and around ears
  • Back of knees
  • In and around the hair
  • Inside belly button

Ticks can also be difficult to detect on pets, particularly with all of their fur. But the last thing that you want is for a tick to catch a ride into your home on your pet. The CDC advises checking for ticks on the following not-so-obvious areas of your dog’s body (among other spots).

  • In and around the ears
  • Around eyelids
  • Under their collar
  • Under their legs
  • Between their toes
  • Around their tail

4. Follow Veterinarian Recommendations for Pet Treatments

Of course, treating your pets for ticks is always advised, even if you’ve implemented other tick control strategies. Considering how dangerous ticks are, your best bet for complete protection is a multi-pronged approach. A preventative treatment adds yet another barrier to protect your pets and your family.

Tips for Reducing Mosquitoes in Yard

Just like ticks, chances are, you want to do what you can to be reducing mosquitoes in your yard. Here are some additional tips specifically targeted toward mosquitoes.

5. Eliminate Breeding Grounds and Mosquito Habitats

mosquito biting in yardMosquitoes spend their first 10 days in the water, feeding on organic matter in the stagnant water while breathing oxygen from the surface. They will then develop into pupae (which do not feed while partially encased in cocoons), and finally, over a period of several days, evolve into adults.

This is why it’s important to address sources of stagnant water around your property. This might mean emptying standing water from containers, pool covers, pet bowls, bird baths, and more. In addition, you will also want to make sure that you are keeping your gutters clean as this can be a very popular breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Similarly, the same “property tidying” recommendations for reducing ticks in the yard, such as cutting back tallgrasses and keeping the lawn mowed regularly, will also impact mosquitoes. Like ticks, mosquitoes also like to find places to hide. In fact, they frequently stop and rest in shrubs, since mosquitoes are weak flyers and cannot stay airborne for long periods.

6. Using Mosquito Netting For Babies and Protective Clothing

If you bring a portable crib, stroller, or baby carrier outside while you enjoy the outdoors with your child, you can protect them with a mosquito netting cover. It’s important to note that many mosquito repellent sprays can be potentially dangerous for little ones so your safer bet is to use netting or even long clothing to keep mosquitoes from biting small children.

Long sleeves and pants is another way to protect family members of all ages. If you’re going to be in an area that is particularly prone to mosquitoes, you will want to dress accordingly.

7.  Use Organic Tick & Mosquito Control Services to Safely Reduce These Pests

While the tips that we’ve outlined above will all help keep you and your family safe, you might also consider the professional application of organic tick and mosquito spray on your property. Applying a professional-grade product can go a long way in keeping these unwanted pests away.

Of course, a lot of homeowners worry about the safety of treating their property. Many of our customers have young children and pets and we can confidently assure them that our product is not harmful. You can let the kids and the pets play in the yard without the concern of exposure to harsh chemicals. Comprised of organic cedar oil, our natural tick and mosquito control is completely harmless to people and pets while being effective against insects. That’s because cedar oil is known to block a pest’s scent receptors and disrupt their body systems.

In terms of where we apply our organic tick and mosquito spray, we take a customized approach to every application we perform. The entire process starts with a thorough assessment, in which we will determine where mosquitoes and ticks will be most likely to hide out. Then we will cover those areas thoroughly.

In most cases, that includes the perimeter plantings of your property as well as under a deck and within ornamental trees and shrubs. Mosquitoes and ticks rarely hang out in bright, sunny, open areas. They stay in nearby outdoor living areas, just waiting for their next meal.

While this treatment will dramatically reduce your property’s tick and mosquito populations, taking extra actions, like the steps that we mentioned above, will protect your family even more.

Given the serious (sometimes fatal) diseases that these pests can transmit, we believe that taking all possible precautions for yourself and your family is always the safest bet. That’s why we tell our customers not to skimp on veterinarian recommendations or stop performing “tick checks” when the kids come in from playing just because we’re applying product. Yes, it will take care of the majority of your pests but we want to keep you as safe as possible.

Don’t Spend Any More Time Worrying...Take Back Control

Roack Water Farm pest control truck and dogBy taking action, you can finally take back control of your property instead of feeling as though you’re always worried about being outside. Being proactive and taking some of these steps toward prevention, along with signing up for our natural tick and mosquito control, will help keep your family safe and give you some much-deserved peace of mind. After all, it’s your property and you ought to be able to enjoy it without always having the nagging worry of ticks and mosquitoes on your mind.

If you’d like to discuss safely protecting your Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA home from ticks, talk to an expert, choose a solution that rocks, and then get ready to take back control of your property.

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Todd Thomasson

Written by Todd Thomasson

Todd Thomasson, founded Rock Water Farm Landscapes & Hardscapes in 2005. Having grown up with hard working parent role models and a strong work ethic, Todd put his Landscape & Turf Management degree from Virginia Tech into action as the lead stone mason and landscape designer for the new company. Over the years, the responsibility and opportunity of running this company has been shared with other members of the Rock Water Farm team, launching one of the leading property maintenance companies in Loudoun County. Todd is still rooted in his passion for design/build projects and continues to run the company, working with clients to design, build and maintain perfect outdoor spaces with his team.