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Make Your Property Less Attractive to Ticks and their Hosts!

Make Your Property Less Attractive to Ticks and their Hosts!

The ticks are back and they’re bad! Wisconsin is considered to be at high risk statewide for Lyme disease! This month especially has been known to be an exceptionally bad time all across the country for ticks. Luckily for you there are steps to take to ward off ticks and their hosts.

Here are some options to make your property less attractive to ticks and their hosts:

  • Keep grass mowed.
  • Remove leaf litter, brush and weeds at the edge of the lawn.
  • Discourage rodent activity.
  • Move firewood piles and bird feeders away from the house.
  • Keep pets out of the woods to reduce ticks brought back home.
  • Use plantings that don’t attract deer or exclude deer through various types of fencing.
  • Move children’s swing sets and sandboxes away from the woodland edge and place them on a wood chip or mulch foundation.
  • Trim tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.

Here are some links for more information on Ticks and Lyme disease:

http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2012/06/tick.htm

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tickborne/lyme/index.htm

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Spring & Summer Insects on Shrubs & Trees

Spring & Summer Insects on Shrubs & Trees

Trees and shrubs are important parts of our landscapes.  Trees provide shade and clean the air and shrubs fill spaces throughout our landscapes.  If you have evergreen trees and shrubs, you can have color year round!  Pests and diseases can be natural risks that come along with them though…While they might not kill the shrubs and trees outright, they can cause extra stress on them, making it difficult to survive during extreme weather such as summer drought and heat.  Being an aware and engaged homeowner, may work to your, and your landscape’s advantage.

Late spring and early summer is when pests emerge to start feeding.  Beetles, mites, caterpillars, scale and white flies can defoliate a tree or shrubs within days. Beetles and caterpillars are leaf-chewing, while mites, scale, and white flies suck the juices from the leaves, flourishing in hot, dry weather.  Scale insects produce a sticky substance called “honeydew” that coats objects between the tree/shrubs branches, this sticky film, in turn, holds sooty mold.  White flies swarm up in clouds when infested plants are disturbed.

Chemicals aren’t always the best solution when it comes to getting rid of a pest; beneficial insects can also be killed, as we have seen with bees.  Let nature help you by finding a predator.  Lady bugs, soldier beetles, praying mantis, spiders, and some type of wasps can help keep your landscape...

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