Asked March 16, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

How do I keep ticks from around my house. My wife was bitten by a tick in 2006 and now has very by case of Lyme disease.

Wasco County Oregon health and diseases pest control ticks

1 Response

The best defence against ticks is to keep vegetation cut back as low as possible. Ticks crawl up vegetation and wait for a host animal to brush against it. If you eliminate tall vegetation the ticks will have a difficult time finding a host. The second most important source of ticks is pets. Be sure outdoor pets are treated with a "flea&tick" medication labelled for ticks, not all flea meds work on ticks so check the label carefully. Also, flea collars work well for ticks but, ironically, not so well against fleas.