Ticks are nasty critters that not only feed on your blood, but in that process, spread Lyme disease into your system. If you have serious ticks’ problem in your yard and you are looking for some natural solutions to eliminate the little bugs off your boundary then this post is definitely what you should go through. Here are few effective natural solutions to keep your yard ticks free.
Easy Ways To Keep Ticks Out Of Your Garden:
1. Ticks Repelling Plants:
If you want to avoid the sticky sprays and lotions or the strong scented essentials oils on your skin and clothes to protect you from ticks outdoor, here is a natural way that will add more beauty to your yard too. There are certain plants that repel insects so planting these in your yard is a clever way to repel ticks and at the same time add visual interest and interesting scent as you walk through. Lavender, chrysanthemum, lemongrass, rosemary, mint, and sage are a few of them. Plant them along the borders and walkway for better effect.
2. Garlic Spray:
Spraying plant based pesticides such as garlic solutions is good enough to keep ticks away from your yard. Though the spray cannot really kill ticks, they can effectively repel the insects when sprayed around the yard and over the plants because of the sulfur in the garlic. Spray the solution once a week to keep your yard ticks free.
3. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Application:
Dusting food grade diatomaceous earth powder along the pathway, edges of the house, outer perimeters and all along the yard is a smart way to keep the outdoor ticks free. DE dries the exoskeleton of the insects and kills them as they cross the DE powder. Spread the powder twice a week for complete eradication of ticks.
4. Cedar Oil:
Cedar oil is one of the most effective natural insect repellents that are completely non-toxic to humans. In fact, the oil is deadly to ticks, mosquitoes and many other household/ common insects. Once a week, spray cedar oil around the yard or mix cedar oil with garlic solution and spray it along the edges of the house, periphery of the yard, and on the turf and plants.
Wooden chips or gravel lining between the grass and wooden area in the yard act as a barrier for ticks. Just like our feet getting irritated when we walk on glass or any other sharp objects, ticks get irritated when they cross over gravel or wooden chips. Thus, you can prevent them from entering your boundaries.
7. Cut The Grass:
Ticks usually hide in long grass. Therefore, mowing the grass frequently to keep it short will help in getting rid of these pests. Also, clear your garden of sticks and leaf piles.
Ticks hide in moist and shaded areas. That is the reason why you find abundant ticks on a cloudy wet day. So, trim the shrubs, trees and other plants in the landscape that create shaded areas. The areas that get good sunlight will be tick free.
9. Get Chickens and Guinea Fowl:
Chickens and Guinea Fowl feed on ticks/insects. Hence, these birds are great to control pests. In fact, guineas are used to effectually reduce the deer ticks. However, you must be willing to care for these birds as new pets, as they take some of your work.
10. Keep Away The Host Animals:
One of the culprits that harbour ticks are deer. Fences are a good way to keep away deer. The fence should be minimum 8 feet tall. However, some deer are capable of clearing even the eight feet tall fences, so to prevent that you can plant thorny bushes that will take away the landing zone. Besides the fence, you can also plant deer-repellent plants that keep the deer at bay.