Rid your Yard of ticks with these steps.
With summer comes the bugs. And ticks are one that most people want to avoid. No one will argue that ticks are a nuisance and can be dangerous as well, since they carry numerous diseases such as Lyme Disease. There are medicines that protect your pets from ticks but it is also good to do what you can to rid your yard of the pests.
Here are some tips and tricks to help with this.
- Ticks like darkness and moisture, and firewood piles can be a home to them if you are not careful. Keep your firewood neatly stacked in a dry location. A nice bonus is that the wood will also be dry when it is time to use it next winter.
- Ticks love shade. Damp and dark piles of brush and dead leaves are like tick heaven. Don’t let vegetation build up in your yard. If you have a compost pile, keep it away from play areas.
- Locate swing sets and other play areas in your yard away from wooded areas. This will give children more protection.
- Use rocks as dividers from wooded areas to living areas to keep ticks away from areas most often used.
- Mow your grass regularly so it won’t be a haven for ticks.
- Ticks travel on deer, so choose plants widely and stay away from those that are likely to attract deer. Also install fences to keep deer out if you have a big tick problem.
- If you see a lot of mice in your yard, be sure to find a way to control them. Mice are carriers of ticks. Where there are mice, there will be lots of ticks too!
- Know when it is time to call the pros. If you have a chronic tick problem, call for professional help. Some companies use what are called “Tick Tubes.” These are biodegradable, cardboard tubes filled with permethrin-treated cotton balls. Mice will collect the cotton to build their nests; when the deer ticks that feed on the mice are exposed to the permeation, they die.
- If you do not want to use chemicals, plant Chrysanthemum cinerariae folium. This plant has a high level of natural pyrethrins and helps to dispel ticks naturally.
- Other natural tick repellents are geranium. lavender, and peppermint essential oils (not safe around cats).
Create a citrus based repellent. Ticks avoid all citrus plants, which makes citrus an effective weapon. To make a citrus based repellent: Boil 2 cups of water, and add two chopped lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit. Let it boil for a minute or so, then simmer for an hour. Strain the fruit out, let it cool, pour into the sprayer, and squirt it on you, your kids, your pets, your yard and anywhere ticks might be found in your yard.
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