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Alternative EarthCare Shares 3 Steps for Nassau and Suffolk Residents to Take this Fall to Minimize Tick Populations Next Year

LONG ISLAND, N.Y., September 2, 2016 Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and Hampton’s tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Long Island Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

It’s vital that Long Islanders take necessary steps to minimize tick populations. Autumn is the perfect time of year to prepare properties for next year, by eliminating potential habitats, minimizing tick migration opportunities and treating properties, keeping populations at bay. Several species of ticks that can survive through the colder weather until frost, so keeping yourself protected while outside is still essential. Alternative EarthCare shares three things that Nassau and Suffolk residents should do this fall to minimize tick populations next year.

  1. Conduct a thorough property clean up Don’t forego the fall clean-up; it could result in an overwhelming infestation in the coming year. Ensure that all flower beds are properly cleaned out, and all dead leaves and debris are removed. Ticks thrive in ground brush such as sitting leaves and rotted sticks and bark. Also, make sure that the grass continues to be cut short throughout the growing season. Remove wet or rotting wood from woodpiles, ensure a thorough yard leaf removal, and repeat leaf cleanup until all the leaves have fallen. This will minimize cold weather tick populations this year and will eliminate habitats that ticks thrive in before the early spring when they start their lifecycle over. Often, the ticks begin their lifecycle during weather that is still chilly enough that residents have not begun yard cleanups.
  2. Establish a property border Wandering animals such as deer, groundhogs, and even neighboring dogs, carry ticks with them from property to property if not protected. Ticks will also cross over into properties by climbing on tall grass. If your property is not already surrounded by a border, cut a 1 to 2-foot section around the property perimeter. Fill the border with either mulch or gravel to minimize tick migration opportunities next year.
  3. Have property professionally treated It is vital to have a professional property treatment to eliminate any ticks currently on the property and minimize the breeding potential for next year. Have a property analysis conducted to point out any other preventative steps that can be taken as well. Tick treatments vary, with both spray and non-spray options. Ticks are still active through September, and a few species even longer than that, so horticulture treatments should take place every 3-4 weeks while the weather is still fairly warm.

Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.