#3 Treat the House and Lawn
Keeping your lawn, bushes, and trees trimmed back will help reduce the population of fleas and ticks in your backyard. If you still have a problem, consider using one of the various household and yard sprays or granular treatments. Just be careful when using these products, as they can be harmful to animals, fish, and humans. If you have a severe problem, or you are concerned about the proper handling of these chemicals, you might want to consider hiring an exterminator to apply yard and area sprays to control ticks (and fleas).