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The 6 C’s to Tick-Proofing Your Yard

Ticks are tiny pests that can carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever & Ehrlichiosis. In addition to our flea & tick control services there are some things you can do to deter ticks from living in your yard.

Clear out.

Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.


Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

Choose plants.

Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

Check hiding places.

Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

Care for family pets.

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

Call the pros.

We offer a flea and tick control program that eliminates adult ticks on contact as an additional measure of control to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected Deer tick, Lonestar tick or American Dog tick.

This service targets specific areas within your landscape where ticks, and fleas, dwell. Including treating mulched and pine straw-ed areas thoroughly.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Wilmington today at 910-791-9800 to add flea & tick control to your mosquito control treatment. We look forward to helping you take back your yard!

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