Many people have a false sense of security when it comes to the lyme disease carrying tick. They think that if they stay away from areas where deer roam then they won't be exposed to the deer tick. That is not necessarily true. A variety of ticks and fleas are also carried by smaller woodland animals such as rabbits, squirrels,possums, raccoons and mice. These animals may intrude upon your property carrying the ticks and fleas with them. The ticks and fleas then leave the animal and lay in wait in tall grass on bushes, in piles of lawn debris and in ground cover. They wait for another animal and when they sense it's heat they jump onto the new host. They are often carried into the home where they will breed and attack other family members and pets.
There are several things that can be done to reduce the odds of a flea or tick infestation in your home. Where light colored clothing when working in the garden especially around tall plants and overgrown trees or bushes. Light color clothing will enable you to see a tick or flea more easily. Keep landscaping trimmed so that people do not brush up against it as they walk on paths and patios. Provide a hardscaped area for family use such as a deck or a patio. Keep the yard tidy and free of debris piles.Keep fencing in good repair to limit the odds of animals coming on to your property. Keep grass mowed short. Always check children and pets when they come in from outdoors. For more on ticks and fleas go to:Read more on TICKS AND FLEAS