Related to spiders, ticks are small bugs that live in tall grass, weeds, and trees. They feed on the blood of mammals. Once they latch on to a host, they can feed continuously for 15 days. Deer ticks have been tied to spreading disease, such as Lyme Disease.
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If you have trees, tall grass, or open space in your yard, you could have a bunch of hungry ticks lurking there. They lie in wait for a passing deer, pet, or person. Then they drop from their perches and land on their victims. These little blood-sucking critters can feed on their hosts for 15 days. They can pass diseases, such as Lyme Disease, to their hosts, which can be very debilitating. Even so, precautionary measures can help keep ticks out of your hair.
Trim the Tall Stuff
If you have tall grass or weeds, cut them back. Ticks love to hide out in tall grass. Cutting it down takes away one of their favorite hiding places.
Keep Deer Away
Deer often carry ticks with them. Put away any food that deer like to eat, and they'll come by less often. Also, try repellents, like Ortho® Deer B Gon® Deer & Rabbit Repellent, to keep them out of your yard.
Treat Your Pets
Pets get into all sorts of places. They can pick up ticks any time they go outside. Talk to your veterinarian about effective tick controls for your pets.
Control Ticks in the Yard
On trees, shrubs, landscaping, and gardens, use Ortho® Bug-B-Gon® Insect Killer for Lawns & Gardens. On grass, apply Ortho® Bug-B-Gon® Insect Killer for Lawns. Treat around your home by applying Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹ around the entry points to your home and around the home perimeter.