What about ticks?

Researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Northern Research Station have explored whether bee-friendly, lawn-mowing practices come with increased tick risk. The study (referenced here) found that lawn mowing frequency in suburban areas has no detectable effect on the presence of ticks.

If residents still have tick concerns, they are encouraged to consider the characteristics of their lawn that may play a role in being more inviting to ticks and strategically select mowing/no-mow areas accordingly, or mow common walking areas as paths to limit potential contact. Tick habitat is typically found in the interface between woods and field, or where areas are moist and shaded and contain leaf litter. If a lawn stays relatively dry and exposed to the sun, risk is lower than in shaded, moist areas.

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1. What is No Mow May?
2. Why has the City endorsed No Mow May?
3. How can someone participate?
4. Are there any restrictions with No Mow May?
5. What about ticks?
6. What about mosquitoes?
7. It's June. Now what?