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EHS Eco Health Tips – Ticks
The CDC reports that Massachusetts and Rhode Island are the epicenter for tick borne diseases. There are over 25,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the U.S. The black-legged tick also referred to as the “deer tick” is the primary vector of the disease. Reducing exposure to these ectoparasites is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses.
What can you do?
Try creating a “tick free zone” by modifying the environment using simple landscape techniques can greatly reduce the tick population in your yard.
Mow any grass frequently and try to maintain it as short as you can without affecting its appearance.
Remove leaf litter, weeds, and brush at the edge of the lawn and property.
Remove brush and leaves from around stonewalls and woodpiles.
Refrain from planting low lying ground cover such as pachysandra.
Do not use plants that are attractive to deer.
Swing sets, and sand boxes should be kept away from the woodland edge.
Create a 3-foot wood chip, or gravel border between the lawn and woods.
Move firewood /bird feeders away from the home to discourage rodent activity.
Keep pets out of the woods to reduce ticks brought in to the home.
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