The proof is in the statistics when it comes to the safety concerns of ticks. In 2017, local and state health departments reported 59,349 cases of tick-borne disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — the majority of which were tied to Lyme disease. This was a significant increase from 2016 when 48,610 cases were reported.
As the prevalence of tick-borne diseases rises, more homeowners are taking action to keep these pests out of their yard. While the force behind the efforts may feel new, it’s often still the same traditional mists and repellents that are relied on to get the job done. Yet, these methods of tick prevention are typically inconvenient, from the mess they make to their odors, and less effective than professional sprays.
So why do homeowners continue to choose mists and repellents over tick spray for yards? For many, it’s a question of safety that causes hesitation. They may worry that certain pesticides or misapplications could be harmful to children or pets, as well as threaten insects that positively contribute to the health of their lawn.
Rather than let these concerns hold you back and achieve less effective results, we’ll show you how tick spray for yards can be a safe, more effective alternative.
What Makes Tick Spray for Yards a Safe Choice
Environmentally Friendly Products
Because of the results they produce, there’s often the misconception that tick spray for yards must include harsh chemicals. However, that’s not always true. There are also eco-friendly pesticides that will paralyze and kill tick populations without causing harm to the environment.
With fewer chemicals included, these eco-friendly products minimize potential risks to children and pets and allow them to use the outdoor area shortly after an application is complete. Further, the use of acaricides, a substance specifically poisonous to ticks or mites, avoids harming other insects that have direct benefits to your yard.
Applied By Trained Professionals
Once you ensure the safety of the actual product, it’s time to address another part of the equation: the application.
First, there’s the safe handling of chemicals to consider. Care must be exercised so that pesticides are applied at the right time and under the right weather conditions, with no contamination to unintentional sites. Further, equipment must be checked for any loose connections that could cause spills and calibrated to meet product label requirements.
Then, there’s the method of application to consider. In some cases, it may be a garden hose that is used to apply a tick spray for yards. In other cases, a pressurized backpack may be worn, with tick spray fed through a nozzle. The choice you make between these different application methods will ultimately impact how effectively the product penetrates your lawn.
By having a trained professional manage tick spray for yards, you’ll reduce any type of risk that comes with its application. Not only will you avoid the hazard of having to transport, handle and store chemicals and equipment, but you’ll also have guidance on how to choose the right application method for your outdoor space and limit the application area only to what’s needed.
Keep Your Yard Tick-Free (and Safe) This Year
If you're worried about the safety of tick spray for yards, you’re not alone. Many homeowners have concerns over the potential risks that these products pose to humans, pets and the health of their lawn. Yet, with the right products and the help of trained professionals, you can say goodbye to these concerns and hello to a tick-free (and safe) space.
At Weed Pro, we have years of experience helping Ohio homeowners create control barriers around their lawns that prevent ticks — all while maintaining lawn health and keeping family and pets out of danger. To learn more about how we can help keep your yard safe, contact your local provider today.