Creating a Tick-Safe Zone Through Landscaping

The Nursing Division of the Livingston Health Department is redistributing the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) relating to tick minimization. It is the hope of the Nursing Division that through a better understanding of tick and desirable environments where ticks like to live, our community can better protects its self from ticks bites and the  diseases associated with them. By changing your landscape you may be able to better safeguard you family against tick acquired infections. The a various tick-borne aliments which can occur from a single exposure to a tick bit come along with some very difficult and potentially worrisome symptoms. Please read the following non-pesticide ways from CDC to help eliminate ticks from your property.


Create a Tick-Safe Zone Through Landscaping

You can make your yard less attractive to ticks depending on how you landscape. Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations:

  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas and around patios and play equipment. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents that ticks feed on).
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees and place them in a sunny location, if possible.
  • Remove any old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
  • Refer to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Tick Management Handbook[PDF – 8.53 MB] for a comprehensive guide to preventing ticks and their bites through landscaping.

Tick Safe Landscaping diagram

For further educational information contact Ashley Messer BSN RN, Health Educator/Public Health Nurse at the Livingston Nursing Department 973-535-7961 x227 or Melissa Kimmel BSN, RN, Nursing Supervisor, Public Health Nurse at 973-535-7961 X 228