Ticks are active during the warmer seasons, with high levels of activity in late spring (depending on your climate) to deep into the summer months. They love open spaces with ample foliage where they can lay their eggs and hide out to hitch a ride on an unwitting host. If you are worried about ticks and the varying diseases they have and don't want to become afflicted with them or have these pests bothering your pets or children, spraying the ticks with a fatal chemical agent is a great way to keep them at bay. Here are things you can do to make your yard less tick-friendly.

Keep your yard neat

Ticks, like mosquitoes, another common backyard pest, love shade to hide in. Sagebrush, weeds, and low branches on trees are perfect real estate for a tick to call home. Keep your foliage low to the ground by mowing regularly, especially along areas that border a field or open land where ticks are free to run wild. After cleaning up your yard and removing most of the debris, hire a pest control company to perform tick spraying on your yard to further eliminate the blood-sucking pests.

Create a barrier

Ticks can be kept at bay after you eliminate them with professional tick spraying by placing a barrier around your yard. A retaining wall built of large stones, rocks, or even paving bricks can be a decorative and effective way to keep ticks away. If you have an existing chain link or wooden fence, line the area with gravel on both sides to create a thicker tick-preventing barrier. It's a wise idea to spray these areas with a harsh chemical, such as permethrin, to keep ticks away. Your pest control specialist can recommend other tick-killing sprays and chemicals for use in your yard.

Remember: creating a barrier around your yard is a preventative measure and should be done within your yard as well. Ticks in your garden or decorative grasses can be kept away by placing gravel or weed barrier fabric in these areas.

Ticks are a potential danger to your pets and family and even if the ones in your yard don't carry nasty diseases (such as Lyme disease) they can still be a great bother. If you notice any ticks on your pets or children contact your vet or family doctor for removal advice. Tick spraying, performed annually at the onset of activity, can help prevent ticks from getting to your home.