These nasty and tiny creatures – TICKS – are disease spreaders. They love sucking the blood out of you while they transmit Lyme disease into your system.
Every human being on this planet is afraid of them, because no one wants to get sick and it’s very important to control these tiny parasites.
As you can’t control ticks into the wild, there are several methods in controlling them on your landscape – the goal is to keep them from getting onto your property.
How can you prevent ticks from getting on your property?
The main focus should be in repelling pests that carry these parasites such as, deer, rabbits, raccoons, rats, mice, gophers, and other rodents.
Another important solution is to search your pets from ticks and powder their fur with tick repellent powder or collars.
More tips in preventing ticks from getting into your yard!
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (which discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
How to get rid of ticks in from your yard?
Use essential oils
Lavender, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedar, rose and citrus are all perfect in keeping ticks away. Apply a few drops on the back of your cat or dog and ticks will stay at a distance. The same thing applies for humans – you can mix a few drops of one of the above essential oils with water and pour the solution in a 200 ml spray bottle. Use it as many times you need.
Purchase a bag of diatomaceous earth and sprinkle the powder in the areas you want to get rid of ticks. Surround your yard, house, dog house, etc. This is non-toxic powder and it will damage the exoskeleton of ticks causing their death.
Round worms simply love ticks, bugs, ants and many other tiny pests. So, if your soil isn’t rich in round worms, you can bring them into your garden.
Bring In Tick Eaters
Chickens, just like round worms, love to eat ticks and other tiny pests. But, chicken also love to eat round worms. So, set them loose in your yard to clean up any tick from your lawn. Be careful, though, cause chickens loves cabbage and other veggies, too.
Mow The Lawn
By removing all the tall grass and brush, ticks won’t have where to hangout! Grass tips are their favorite place to stay. So, after mowing the lawn and tossing the grass leftovers away, just take the hose and give your lawn nice bath. As a matter of fact you can prepare some strong Garlic Tick Repellent.