Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas or even on animals. You are likely to be exposed while spending time outside walking your dog, camping or gardening. A wandering cat walking through long grass or fields can also pick up ticks. Most outdoor activities could bring you in close contact with ticks. It is not necessary to go into the wilderness to be exposed, many people and animals get ticks in their own garden.

 One way to steer clear of ticks is to avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. If you plan to go on a hike, walk in the center of trails and not through the brush.

 Never use dog flea and tick treatments on cats, the ingredient Permethrin is highly toxic and will kill cats.

There are several simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations no matter where you live.

  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Remove leaf litter
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area to discourage rodents.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently.
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
  • I found this excellent article from Joybilee Farm. It has all the information needed to protect you and loved ones from ticks and gives the recipe for an all natural remedy.

Click on the link below for the Recipes

DIY Natural Tick Repellent that’s Safer than Permethrin

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