Tips for controlling ticks in your backyard

Posted July 22, 2021 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance, Plant and Tree

Ticks can spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and several other diseases. On some occasions, these diseases can be deadly if left untreated. To keep your family, pets, and friends safe you will probably want to take a few precautionary measures to prevent and control ticks in your backyard. But, many homeowners have no idea where to start.

Most contractors will tell you the only way to get rid of ticks is by spraying chemicals that could harm your family or pets! But, we believe you deserve to know all your options. This is why we are sharing ways you can help control ticks naturally in your backyard:

  • Add mulch around the perimeter of your backyard

Cedar mulch is a great way to naturally repel ticks and other pesky insects from your Lehigh Valley home. Adding two-four inches of cedar mulch around the exterior of your home in places like flower beds and around trees is a perfect landscaping method to help naturally control ticks in your backyard. However, be careful where you place cedar mulch since it could be harmful to some plants.

If the cedar mulch has not received enough oxygen, it could release acetic acid, which can harm some of your landscaping. This is why it is important to understand how cedar mulch could affect your surroundings. But, when you work with MasterPLAN you will never have to worry! We consider all the details before we begin a project and use our experience to create and execute a plan to complete your build so you never need to worry.

  • Use plants to naturally repel ticks in your backyard

Plants are a food source for ticks, but since plants do not want to be eaten, they use chemical weapons to repel attackers like ticks. Ticks hate lemon, orange, garlic, lavender, peppermint, and rose geranium scents. The essential oils produced by plants are not harmful to animals or humans but can act as a natural pesticide that will help keep insects, mites, and ticks away.

Learn more about plants that can help control ticks in the Lehigh Valley →

  • Stack your firewood neatly in a dry location

Ticks like dark places and naturally thrive in moist environments. Messy firewood piles that have been left out in the rain could attract ticks to your backyard in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. To prevent ticks in your backyard, you should stack your firewood neatly in a dry location. But, if you don’t have anywhere to stack your firewood this could be a problem.

Our design-first approach allows you to plan every part of your new outdoor living space before construction begins. Your custom full-color 3d design will help you see exactly where you will safely store your firewood to prevent ticks in your backyard and feel how you will use every part of your space so there are never any surprises after your space is complete!

Visualize the possibilities of your backyard →

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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