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more on ticks & mosquitoes

 More people are becoming ill with diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes, biting pests that arrive with warmer weather.

The annual number of these infections, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than tripled between 2004 and 2016 in the U.S. But before you spray your yard with pesticides, opt for effective yet less drastic methods. Here are some of the best ways to thwart the bugs.

To see our tips, hover your cursor over the gray circles in each area of the yard illustration below.

How to Keep Ticks out of Your Yard

Ticks love tall grass and cool, damp areas. On the "Consumer 101" TV show, Consumer Reports expert Catherine Roberts explains how to make your yard less inviting to these pests. 

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the May 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.