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Can wild turkeys keep your yard free of ticks?

When it comes to keeping unwanted bugs like ticks at bay, it seems Mother Nature may have a solution up her sleeve.

According to Wild Birds Unlimited, an adult turkey is one of the most voracious tick predators around, and an individual may eat 200 or more of these little critters in a given day. The Tick Encounter Resource Center reported that many species of bird feast on parasites. With 7 million turkeys roaming suburban America and beyond, maybe humans and pets are receiving protection from an unlikely source?

Unfortunately, despite a turkey’s ability to gobble up ticks and other bugs, scientific study has found that a flock of passing birds is unlikely to significantly influence the number of ticks in a given backyard or plot of forest. Therefore, home owners should still invest in proper flea and tick control to keep children and pets protected from biting insects. Using Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home Spray is an easy way to keep your yard safe from unwanted bugs.


This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz®. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.