How to Get Rid of Ticks around your Yard

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.

Tips and Tricks to Rid your Yard of TicksHere 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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How to Rid your Yard of Ticks


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  24 comments for “How to Get Rid of Ticks around your Yard

  1. Allan
    06/13/2013 at 7:27 pm

    Chickens and guinea hens are also a good pesticide free method of getting rid of ticks. Not exactly useful in the cities but can be very useful in the country.

    • Sam
      08/02/2015 at 10:08 pm

      I can attest to guinea hens and chickens we had TONS of tick
      and once we got the birds we only found one and that was because I came home from the neighbors and found it on my leg.

      • admin
        08/02/2015 at 10:44 pm

        Hi Sam. What a great result for you. Thanks for sharing this tip. Carol

  2. TickHater
    06/10/2014 at 1:23 am

    This is good advice. But bombing your yard or fence with permethrin will kill any bee or frog that touches it. Permethrin is highly toxic to both, and has been linked to the massive honey bee die offs around the country (colony collapse disorder).

    Since frogs and bees are both important parts of the ecosystem, it doesn’t make sense to wipe them all out in an effort to control ticks. Select use of permethrin can be very effective, without risking exposure to bees and frogs.

    • ghostinthemachine
      08/13/2014 at 3:29 am

      I use these 25lb boxes of Diatomaceous Earth[crushed coral reef.] like for swimming pool filters. This version does have silica which if breathed will cut your lungs . The food grade is too expensive for my method.
      I put on a breather mask and scatter it about my yard. No ticks or other creepy crawlies all summer. Doesn’t harm bees or pets.
      You eat the food grade stuff in your grains you just didn’t know it until now. It’s got a lot of great properties . Check it out.

      • admin
        08/13/2014 at 11:08 am

        Hi Ned. Thank you for the great tip. Glad to know this works so well for you. Carol

      • allison
        04/20/2015 at 8:31 am

        I actually bought the kind that you can mix in with your pets food and put on their skin, it saved me last year~! I was so amazed, no fleas or ticks. the cats wanted to rip my eyes when they saw me coming but oh well! haha

        • Karen
          05/13/2015 at 8:41 pm

          Where can you buy this stuff. I have never heard of it. We are having a horrible problem with ticks this year.

          Thank you

          • Stella
            07/30/2015 at 7:11 pm

            Animal feed stores sell it cheaper. In Los Angeles, we buy a 50 lb bag for $26. The stuff is food-grade and totally safe. It works on fleas, too.

          • admin
            08/01/2015 at 12:43 pm

            Thanks for the tip Stella. Carol

  3. admin
    06/10/2014 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for the good information on Permethrin. I like to use non chemical measures when I can too. I’ve noticed the bees in my yard are much less this year and I rarely use chemicals out there. It is a significant problem, Carol

  4. Richard
    07/27/2014 at 6:42 pm

    Great tips. I hate ticks and will try some of these to see if they work.

  5. Elizabeth Ruppert
    07/30/2014 at 11:47 am

    I have lavender plants growing in my backyard. Is it possible to use them somehow for repelling ticks? Across the same yard I was sitting in the grass and these little tick like bugs were drinking off me. Left huge smears of blood when I squished them.

    • admin
      07/30/2014 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Elizabeth. My research shows that lavender is best planted around seating areas and near doors and windows as a tick repellent. It’s useful but in my opinion, nothing really gets rid of all of them, other than insecticides, which many gardeners do not like to use. Carol

  6. Tammy
    05/03/2015 at 12:39 am

    If I use the diatomaceous earth in my back yard, will it harm my pets? Do I need to keep my pets off the area for any amount if time after applying it to the ground?

    • admin
      05/03/2015 at 9:42 am

      Hi Tammy Thanks for the email. My understanding is that it is perfectly safe. Some people even use it on dogs and cats to help control fleas and ticks. (If you do this, I would use food grade diatomaceous earth.) If you google diatomaceous earth and pets, you will find lots of articles about it being safe.


    • C
      05/17/2015 at 8:41 am

      Diatomaceous Earth is only safe for your pets if you use food grade. DO NOT USE POOL GRADE NEAR PETS OR CHILDREN!!
      And no they are not destroying coral reefs to make this, it is a naturally occurring earth comprised of fossilized diatoms.

    • val
      06/02/2015 at 11:14 am

      yes it’s safe! use only food-grade diatomaceous, i get mine from amazon. I use it on my pom’s, on my 3 cats, on my chicken around in the chicken house i use it in the house to keep those nasty little ants out so far I have not seen 1 flea in my house, with the dogs i have to reply ever so often on the legs!

  7. Diane
    04/21/2017 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for your recipe for the citrus based repellent. Do you mean to have 2 cups of chopped lemons, limes, orange and or grapefruit for the recipe? or can you just use either just lemons etc.

    • Carol
      04/21/2017 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Diane. The recipe is for two cups total. YOu can mix them or use just one as long as the total of citrus is 2 cups. Carol

  8. Fred
    04/24/2017 at 8:29 am

    how often do you have to put the -diatomaceous earth on your yard – for ticks ?????????????????

    • Carol
      04/24/2017 at 12:07 pm

      I’ve never used it Fred. It was a reader who suggested it so I don’t know how often to use it or how much. Google has lots of articles on the subject though. Carol

  9. 08/10/2017 at 12:09 am

    I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, ticks are always a problem for us. I try to keep the property tick free using natural methods. I have recently found out about Beneficial nematodes. Have you tried that, does it work. Thank you for your tips.

    • Carol
      08/10/2017 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Veronica. I have not tried them, so I don’t know how effective they would be. Carol

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