How To Clear Your Yard From Ticks

Ticks represent a significant health risk for your pets, as well as for humans. These parasites latch onto your dog or cat, extracting blood and potentially transmitting diseases. Their small size and stealthy nature can make it difficult to detect their presence, facilitating the spread of illness among your pets.

What Is The Difference Between Fleas And Ticks

Fleas and ticks, while both blood-sucking parasites exhibit distinct differences in behavior and characteristics.

Let's delve into the unique characteristics of these blood-sucking parasites. Fleas, being insects, have six legs, while ticks, belonging to the arachnid family, boast eight legs. In the unfortunate event of your pet becoming infested, ticks are more likely to seek out humans as hosts, unlike fleas that typically prefer furry animals like dogs or cats.

Fleas showcase remarkable jumping abilities, capable of leaping over 80 times their height. This agility facilitates easy movement from one animal to another or from infested areas to pets. Conversely, ticks cannot jump; instead, they rely on potential hosts brushing past them for attachment.

Unlike flea bites, which often induce itching, tick bites typically don't trigger immediate scratching. This makes detecting a tick infestation a real challenge, as there are no obvious signs of irritation. In many cases, the discovery of a tick problem only occurs when pets start displaying symptoms of illness. This underscores the importance of regular checks and vigilance in protecting your pets and family.

Ticks Can Cause The Diseases

Tick paralysis, a potentially fatal condition in dogs, ranks among the most severe diseases they can encounter. (In the US, cases of tick paralysis in cats are extremely rare.) Typically, the hind legs are the first to succumb to paralysis, gradually progressing to involve the front legs and, ultimately, the diaphragm, leading to respiratory failure.

It's crucial to recognize that ticks not only trigger tick paralysis but also serve as vectors for other severe and sometimes deadly illnesses. These include Lyme diseaseehrlichiosisRocky Mountain spotted feveranaplasmosistularemia, and babesiosis.

The prevalence of these diseases varies across different regions of the US. For instance, Lyme disease is predominantly found in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Nevertheless, there's always a possibility of encountering these diseases in previously unaffected areas, underscoring the importance of vigilance regardless of location.

Is There A Period When Tick Activity On Its Peak?

Tick activity typically peaks between April and September, with heightened activity observed during late summer, fall, and even winter.

Nevertheless, as long as temperatures remain above freezing, your pet's risk of tick infestation persists throughout the year.

What Can Be The Reason For Tick Infestations?

When a tick or ticks come into contact with your pet, they latch onto their fur and begin feeding on their blood. This feeding continues until the tick is fully engorged, at which point it detaches and lays eggs.

Due to their minuscule size, approximately the size of a sesame seed, ticks can be easily overlooked. Moreover, they strategically attach themselves in areas your pet may not reach, such as the head and ears.

When a tick is engorged and drops off your pet, potentially laying hundreds of eggs, your pet may have been indoors or outdoors. This scenario often leads to a tick infestation, where ticks are present both inside the house and in the yard.

Prepare To Kill Fleas From Yard

Eliminating ticks from your yard mirrors the process of eliminating fleas. Ticks thrive in warm, moist environments like fleas and often seek refuge in comparable hiding spots.

Inspect areas such as the dog kennel and outdoor furniture beneath the porch, around trees, under shrubs, and along fence lines for tick activity. Consider your pet's favorite spots, as ticks can conceal themselves in various locations.

Remove debris, dead leaves, grass clippings, woodpiles, overgrown vegetation, and general clutter to rid your yard of ticks effectively. Thoroughly rake the yard and trim the grass.

Maximize sunlight exposure throughout your yard and take measures to deter wildlife, as they may carry ticks themselves. By implementing these strategies, you can create an environment less hospitable to ticks.

Treat Your Yard For Ticks

Tick Tubes

Tick tubes are small containers filled with pesticides specifically designed to eradicate ticks. Rather than directly ingesting the pesticide, these tubes are filled with pesticide-treated cotton, which serves as nesting material for small mammals.

Warm-blooded critters like squirrels and mice are attracted to the pesticide-covered cotton in tick tubes. They become coated with the pesticide as they collect the cotton for nesting material. Since these critters are also hosts for ticks, the pesticide effectively targets ticks in the yard through secondary exposure.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of tick tubes relies on other animals encountering and interacting with them. Therefore, while tick tubes can be helpful tools in tick control, they may not provide complete eradication.


Beneficial nematodes offer a natural solution for eliminating ticks in your yard. These tiny worms, also known as roundworms or eelworms, are harmless to humans, pets, and plants yet effectively target ticks.

To apply beneficial nematodes, spray them in shaded areas of your yard. Like ticks, they prefer more relaxed environments and don't thrive under direct sunlight. This method offers a safe and eco-friendly way to control tick populations.

Tick Pesticides

Applying tick pesticides directly to areas of high tick activity offers a targeted approach to eliminating ticks in the yard, although it requires some time and effort. Fortunately, these pesticides often come with convenient spray applicators, simplifying the process.

While most tick pesticides are safe for lawns and gardens, they can pose risks if ingested. Handling them with care is crucial, especially around pets and children. After application, ensure the pesticide is completely dry before allowing pets and children back into the treated areas. This precaution helps minimize any potential hazards.


Consider keeping chickens in your yard as a natural method to control tick populations. Chickens are adept at consuming ticks, making them an effective and eco-friendly solution to reducing tick numbers in your outdoor space.

Find The Ticks From Yard

If you have a tick problem in your yard, your pet has likely picked up ticks outdoors.

Ticks typically hide in grass, trees, shrubs, and underbrush. Therefore, it's important to thoroughly check your dog or cat if they've been outside. Please pay particular attention to areas your pet can't easily groom, such as their head and ears, but also inspect the rest of their body.

Since ticks don't usually cause itching, your pet may not know they're carrying ticks. Regular inspections can help you detect and remove ticks promptly.

Get Rid Of Ticks From Your Pet

When removing a tick from your pet, use a specialized tick removal tool or a pair of tweezers. Grasp the tick firmly by its head, not its body, to ensure complete removal.

Pull the tick straight and away from the skin, avoiding twisting motions. After removal, inspect your pet's skin to ensure no parts of the tick, such as its head or mouth, remain embedded. Clean the bite area with soap and water.

Avoid handling the removed tick with bare hands to prevent potential disease transmission. Instead, please dispose of the tick by placing it in a small amount of alcohol. Store the tick's remains in a sealed container for a few days, and monitor your pet for any signs of illness, contacting a veterinarian if necessary.

While manual tick removal is effective, it can be time-consuming, especially during an infestation. Consider other methods for addressing tick infestations in your pet and home.

Regular use of tick-preventative medications is crucial to eliminate ticks your pet may currently harbor and shield them from potential future infestations. An added perk of these medications is their effectiveness against fleas as well.

One leading product in the market is Bravecto, available in chewable form or as a topical spot-on for dogs and cats. Unlike monthly treatments, Bravecto offers up to 12 weeks of protection (8 weeks for lone star ticks), making it the best option for pet owners.

Another practical choice is Frontline Plus, a monthly spot-on treatment that kills ticks and fleas and repels mosquitoes. Although applying topical treatments directly onto pets may not suit everyone, it benefits pets unwilling to swallow or chew tablets. Frontline Plus safeguards pets against various tick species, including the American dog, lone star, black-legged (deer), and brown dog ticks. It can be safely used on puppies and kittens aged eight weeks or older.

Collars are another valuable tool, especially during peak flea and tick seasons like summer. The Seresto flea collar provides long-lasting protection (up to 8 months) against fleas and ticks, effectively preventing tick infestations within 48 hours of wear. Fit the collar around your pet's neck snugly enough to accommodate two fingers underneath, ensuring direct contact with your pet's skin for optimal effectiveness.

Preventing Tick Infestations For Future

In addition to administering regular flea and tick preventative medication to your pets, there are several measures you can take to deter ticks from infesting your yard.

Cedar Chips 

Using cedar chips along the fence line, especially in shaded and moist areas, creates a less favorable environment for ticks. Ticks prefer humid conditions, so the drier environment created by cedar chips can serve as a deterrent.

Tick-Repelling Plants

Certain plants repel ticks, such as chrysanthemums, lavender, peppermint, garlic, and sage. Planting these around the perimeter of your yard can help deter ticks from entering.

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