Bob Vila Radio: Tickscaping

Follow these tips to create a landscape that discourages the proliferation of ticks.

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance reports that as many as three-quarters of all Lyme Disease cases are caused by tick bites picked up near the house. Here are some landscaping tips to help keep those little bloodsuckers at bay.

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• Clear your property of leaves and other debris, which can house not only ticks, but also the furry creatures that host them.

• Keep bird feeders and compost piles away from the house, and cover garbage cans tightly to keep away tick-carrying birds and rodents.

• Ticks thrive in humid, dense vegetation, so keep your grass short and open to sunlight. Avoid dense ground covers like ivy, and eliminate brushy areas.

• Create buffer zones by laying three-foot-wide gravel perimeters around walls, gardens, and woodlots.

• Place swing sets and play areas in full sun, on wood-chip beds, at least 10 feet from wooded environments.

• Cut down on garden moisture by choosing xeriscape plants like aloe vera and stonecrop sedum, which thrive in dry, tick-repellent environments.

• The less lawn, the fewer ticks, so create and regularly use lawn-free areas, like patios and decks.

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