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Old 04-13-2019, 09:40 AM   #1
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Default Long grass no tick increases.

This is good news. So many people are worried about increased tick presence in their yards if they let the grass get longer. Especially those with pets.

https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/news/relea...k-threat-grass


https://journals.plos.org/plosone/ar...l.pone.0214615
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:30 AM   #2
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Reassuring as to long grass but not for leaf litter.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:35 AM   #3
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I had the same thought Jack. I use leaves for mulch. At least the ticks aren't likely to be in the lawn grass I havent mowed yet.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:56 AM   #4
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Well , chickens and Guinea fowl are good at keeping tick populations low as well as some insect eating mammals like opossum. Spiders will eat ticks but they do not often come in contact but the more spiders you have the more likely .

Ticks don't do well in open sunny areas but may be in the taller grass near an interface with cool shrubby, woodland as they can be carried out by mammals and even ground feeding birds. It is not a problem in our urban garden. Our son lives on several acres in farmland so he just kept chickens which he let roam the fenced areas. Lost a few to predators .


I hike with long pants not shorts and boots not sandals. Once in Louisiana swamp touring a Canadian couple showed up in shorts, tank tops and sandals... just shook my head.
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Thanks for sharing.
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