Spring is here and we can finally head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and mild weather so greatly anticipated after a long Connecticut winter. Outdoor entertaining, casual barbecues, and the laughter of our kids playing in the yard are a welcome ritual this time of year!
But with all the fun and attraction of outdoor living also comes dangers that lurk in our own backyards. Especially here in Connecticut, we must be vigilant of tick-borne diseases as well as mosquitoes that carry disease. Just as we take care of every aspect of our family health, we must also take precautions to keep our backyards safe.
Thankfully, there are steps we can take to keep our properties free of dreaded ticks and mosquitoes.
1. Remove leaf litter
Remove leaf litter that has accumulated in your yard which is a breeding ground for ticks and mosquitoes.
2. Clear brush
Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
3. Create wood chip barrier
Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between your lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into lawn areas.
4. Mow frequently
Mow the lawn frequently to reduce insect breeding environments.
5. Well sited play areas
Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.