Asked June 05, 2017, 3:17 PM EDT
Anne Arundel County Maryland
We approach control of pests like ticks with integrated pest management, which uses a host of decision factors to lessen the chance of toxicity problems to both the environment and people. We do not recommend broad spectrum, residual insecticide use for tick control as it disrupts the natural web of life, including many beneficials, and has the capacity to harm humans as well, and is only a temporary solution.
Our recommendations include keeping grassy areas mowed, widen brushy paths, keep bird feeders at the edge of your property as dropped seed can attract rodents or other animals which can be hosts. Deer are not the only host for ticks. They can feed on a variety of animals such as mice, birds, etc. When working or walking in these areas wear light clothing, tuck pants in socks, and apply repellent products containing deet or picaridin. Check for ticks after having been outside, take a shower, and wash your clothes immediately. Ticks can latch onto your clothes and look for a food source. See our publications on ticks for more information