Our office is located in Maine, and in Maine we have seen a large rise in our tick epidemic over the last few years. It is only April and the Ticks are already out in full force and will only get worse as Spring turns in to Summer. Here are five tips that should help rid yourself of these disease carrying nasty nasty‘s.
Experts are saying there will be a ‘Tick Tsunami‘ this year (2016). Make sure you are prepared!
We have also published an ‘Everything You Need To Know About Ticks, Even What Each Species Looks Like’ article that you may find helpful!
Mow and clean up your yard often
Ticks love to hide in piles of leaves and yard debris. Most experts agree that simply keeping your grass trimmed and tidy will severely reduce the number of ticks that congregate on your property.
Turn mice into tick exterminators
The folks at Houselogic.com have an interesting way to tackle your tick problem. They suggest getting mice to do the work for you. Create “tick tubes” by stuffing cotton balls soaked in pesticide into toilet paper tubes. Leave several of the tubes in your yard for rodents to discover. Mice will use the cotton to build their nests all over your yard, killing ticks in the process. They suggest you use a chemical called Permethrin, which kills ticks but are safe for the mice.
Use plants that naturally keep ticks away
Did you know that some plants actually repel ticks? According to The Gardening Cook, Chrysanthemums have a high level of natural pyrethrins that keep the ticks away. Other plants that repel ticks are geraniums, lavender and peppermint.
Keep deer away
This sounds like a no-brainer, but a deer can carry thousands of ticks and leave them in your yard. Even if you never see deer on your property, they may come to visit when you’re not around or sleeping. Fencing in your property is one solution, but you can also purchase cheap and effective deer repellent. Just make sure to apply it often, as rain and dew will wash it away.
Create a tick barrier
Ticks travel to your property from wooded areas. Much like a fence keeps out deer, a simple barrier will keep the ticks from wandering on to your property themselves. A wide strip of rocks, mulch or gravel around your yard will be enough of a blockade for ticks that could potentially make their way onto your property.
Here are a few extra tips brought to you by some of our AwesomeJelly followers, we will add them here as they are added to the comments below!:
*Get yourself some chickens or Guinea Fowl, they will eat all the ticks!
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Everything You Need To Know About Ticks…Even What Each Species Looks Like!
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