Many long-time Long Island residents would argue that the fall is the best time of the year on the East End. Farm stands are full of locally grown pumpkins, squash, and apples. Every weekend in October, there are fall festivals and events for all ages. But there is a hidden outdoor predator that lurks amid the pumpkin patches and hayrides. Ticks remain active until the temperatures dip under 40 degrees. Here are some tips to help prevent tick bites while you are out enjoying all that a Long Island autumn has to offer.
- Protective Clothing
- Keep Up with Yard and Property Maintenance
- Get Your Property Sprayed and Treated
While you are wandering around groves of apple trees or pumpkin patches looking for the perfect pie ingredients or decorative additions for your home, ticks are lying in wait for the ideal unsuspecting victim to pass by. Make sure that your feet and legs are fully covered. Try to keep your pant legs tucked into your socks, or at least wear knee-high socks as an alternative. Ticks prefer dark clothing, and it shouldn’t be loose either, as they can hitch a ride into your home that way.
One reason ticks are such a threat is that when temperatures are above 40 degrees, they will again hatch and emerge. Most people know that wooded areas are a primary breeding ground for ticks, but many don’t realize that ticks hatch on their properties, emerging from mulch beds, woodpiles, leaf piles, and tall grasses. When you are cleaning up your lawns this fall, be sure to get rid of those piles of leaves, grass, and branches as you go. Treat mulch beds with a tick control spray. If you have piles of wood on your property for fire pits or fireplaces, keep them as far from your house as possible.
Of course, the best way to protect your family is to have your yard regularly fsprayed for ticks. Our tick control methods have been trusted by Eastern Long Island residents since 1997. For winter tick prevention, we offer Tick Shield, a granular treatment that kills ticks as they emerge from their breeding grounds on your property. Our Tick Shield treatments, combined with warm weather yard sprays, provide year-round tick prevention.
Trust East End Tick Control® for Year-Round Tick Prevention
East End Tick and Mosquito Control® is Eastern Suffolk County’s most-experienced pest control company. Since 1997, we have provided the Twin Forks and East End with the most effective extermination methods. Protect yourself and your family from disease-carrying ticks this fall and winter by requesting a free estimate now or call our Southampton office at (631) 287-9700, our East Hampton office at (631) 324-9700, or our Southold office at (631) 765-9700.