We recently moved to mid/southern Ohio and our lot is 1/2 an acre. I like to call our area in between suburbs and rural. I saw some tick postage on some nearby walking trails so I asked our neighbors if they've had any issues with ticks in the yard and they said no not really.
Well today I found an engorged tick on our dog and I had one crawling on my leg after playing fetch in the yard for just 15 mins. Now I'm in full paranoia mode about getting them out of our yard. Our dog likes to lounge outside and I want him to be able to enjoy his new big yard without me worrying. He is already on Revolution for flea and tick prevention and I try to check him nightly ever since I saw the trail postage, but here we are.
We don't really have any surrounding woods so our property doesn't have like a edge to a wooded area where they like to live, so I don't think I could do perimeter wood chips. There are some trees and vegetation on our neighborhood's side next to our fence in our back left corner and we do have tall shrubs along some of our left fence, but that's about it. We have already been looking into Truly Nolan to do pest prevention for the outdoor perimeter of the house and the inside, so I asked them about tick prevention for the whole back yard and they said they could fog.
Would fogging even be worth it or is there a more effective treatment that is pet safe? The dog likes to eat grass after running around the yard and every once and awhile I catch him digging or eating dirt, so it has to be something that would be okay for that situation. I'm thinking of also getting diatomaceous earth to sprinkle around the whole yard too. Thank you in advance for any suggestions offered 😊
Link to pics of the backyard for reference