Keep your family safe and enjoy the outdoors with landscaping that offers mosquito and tick control
This past year, many of us have embraced the outdoors as a place to gather and enjoy more than ever before. Our yards and gardens have become our oases. As we head into the hottest months of the year, you may be wondering how to continue basking in the beauty of your yard and garden without fear of insects. The solution: creating a landscaping vision for your beautiful outdoor spaces that integrates mosquito and tick control.
Ticks and mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. In recent years, serious tick and mosquito-borne illnesses have been on the rise. It’s important to create outdoor spaces with conditions that limit exposure to unwanted insects.
Limiting insect exposure at home
No one wants to think about encountering dangerous insects in their yard. The good news is that you can significantly limit your exposure. Mosquito and tick control can be achieved through intentional, well-maintained landscaping.
At Mahoney Associates, we’ve mastered the use of natural parasites, pathogens, and predators of pests. Many of these beneficial organisms are already present and can be promoted by increasing diversity in your landscape.
Mosquito and tick control through intentional landscaping
When creating the perfect outdoor space, it is important to work with a team that is knowledgeable about the life cycles of pests and their interactions with the environment. As you envision your perfect summer, consider natural ways to reduce your exposure to pests while enjoying the outdoor spaces surrounding your home.
The best way to control mosquitoes and ticks is to create conditions they find unfavorable.
There are many kinds of mosquitoes and every yard is unique. However, all mosquito control starts with eliminating breeding grounds. All mosquitoes favor standing water because that is where they breed.
Well-maintained landscaping will eliminate standing water wherever it might be found, and increase drainage to avoid water accumulation.
Ticks are most active during the warmer months of April through September. In particularly hot years, that active season can stretch even longer. Ticks favor dense cover and thrive in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. But you don’t have to be in dense woodland to pick up ticks. Many people get them in their own yard.
The CDC recommends some reliable ways to reduce ticks in the outdoor spaces around your home, such as:
- Removing leaf litter and grass clippings
- Clearing tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns
- Restricting tick migration into recreational areas
- Frequent lawn maintenance
Like mosquitoes, the key is a well-maintained landscape that considers the natural behaviors of ticks to control them.
Of course, sometimes pests do require treatment. Mahoney Associates uses a broad array of natural, organic, and synthetic products. We take an environmentally friendly approach with the least possible hazard to people and property, and the most efficiency possible. Learn more about the services we offer!