You want to enjoy your Fourth of July celebration outside without having to go overboard with insect repellants and citronella candles. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can prepare your yard so that it's free of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, among other pests.
These are reddish-brown insects that are notorious for hiding in animal fur. If you own a cat, keep it inside as often as possible; if you own a dog, give it a good flea combing after it spends time outside. Fleas can transmit a variety of diseases, such as Murine typhus, through their bites. They can also leave your pets with parasites like tapeworms. Humans are, of course, not immune to flea bites.
One thing that fleas hate is apple cider vinegar, so you can use this as a natural repellant. It would be a good idea to spray an apple cider vinegar solution on your pets before they go out or have them ingest it in small quantities.
These parasites latch onto both humans and animals, and their bites can transmit all sorts of conditions, the most common being Lyme disease. If your property borders a wooded area, ticks may inhabit the space between that area and your yard. To keep them from advancing any further, you could lay down piles of dry wood chips. Ticks prefer humid environments. You could also throw your clothes in the dryer after being outside, as this will kill any ticks on them.
Along with their itchy bites, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and the Zika virus, which can have long-term effects even on the healthiest people. Since mosquitoes breed in areas of standing water, check your yard for anything that might serve their purpose: for example, your pool, a children's pool, or a rain collection system. They can lay their eggs even in birdbaths and flowerpots.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is to keep your yard free of any overgrowth: trim your shrubs, cut the grass, and get rid of weeds. Also make sure to eliminate leaf piles, wood piles, and lawn thatch. All three pests depend on such hiding places when they're deciding where to migrate.
For the most effective prevention, though, you'll want to hire Terminix West Michigan and request a treatment program. We can spray vegetation with an insecticide on a monthly basis and lay out poisoned bait. We'll kill these pests at all stages of life from the eggs to the larvae to the adults. To discover more, just give us a call today. Preparing your yard for your Independence Day barbecue begins with one of our free inspections.