We have ticks at the cottage. We brush off our pants after moving in tall grasses, and check for and remove any ticks several times a day. They will take some time to grab hold of skin, so as long as you remove them within a few hours they should not cause any health issues. They are usually easy to spot, and like to bite behind the ears or around the midriff.
I tried a insect repelling spray containing several essential oils to keep them away, but noticed no difference.
If they have managed to attach deeply you should be vary of symptoms of lyme disease, especially if you see a red ring/rash around the bite. But I would not be worried if you manage to pick them off in time or if there is no rash.
we use borax near doors but that's for other creepy-crawlies. I've never noticed ticks trying to come in.
I use Advantix on the dog (which is the scariest of tick-killers as it also repells A LITTLE) but it should not be used with a small child that may nom on the dog! That said, I still pick 3-6 ticks off the dog every day.
We had chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys 'graze' in the lawns as well as nearer to their houses/ barns. I think it did help but be aware, you'll have a lot of fresh poo out there. It's fertilizer, never bothered me much (as a kid, I was usually barefoot and you'd just wipe it off on some cleaner grass).
It depends on the level of infestation. Since we're literally in the middle of nowhere, it's very bad and that's why we *will* use pest control. It's no guarantee but it works much better than daily tick removal (except the dog still gets out in the forests, out of the yard). Even with poultry out there, they are still there.
I know that Ortho has a product out that repeals ticks and fleas for up to 6 weeks. It's suppose to be safe for people and pets after it dries. I hate finding the occasional tick on me...I cringe to think that that they could get on my granddaughter. I hate using chemicals in areas where she could be playing.
Too many hawks and coyotes around here to put ducks or chickens in harms way...I love the idea of fresh eggs though. I'll pick up some borax for up close to the house. It sounds much safer for my dog too.
I'll have to spray the Ortho up into the pine trees and the taller grass areas when she's not around. I live in the county on a corner lot so there is plenty of tall overgrown areas that the ticks love.
I use a non-DEET spray on me as well as my hubby. During hunting season though, he will use a product with DEET in it. As for the yard, I don't know of anything that keeps the ticks away. The borax sounds like it may work though.
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I have heard borax washing powder will repel ticks. In your yard start out sprinkling it close to the house then each day sprinkle more further out until you cover the yard. By starting at the house and moving out it prevents driving them into the house. You can also use it in washing your clothes (gee imagine that, lol0 and it will help keep them off of you.
Peppermint and lemongrass are also supposed to repel ticks. You can make a spritzer by putting about 1/2 teaspoon of either oil (or both) in a 2 oz spray bottle add of few drops of glycerin and fill will water. Spray on and rub in.
A Lavender spritz made the same way helps to repel mosquitos.
Ducks are great for eating bugs but you HAVE to fence them out of the veggie garden because they will eat AND trample it. We get all our eggs from our ducks and love them but on veggies they do much more harm than even chickens. I know a lot of people who don't worry about ticks and lyme disease. But I looked it up after someone told me the symptoms. They are very similar to celiac because they cause leaky gut and all the problems that are the result of that, just saying... be careful. Birgit
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I read that ducks are great for eating ticks, Japanese Beetles, slugs and other bugs. Plus you can get eggs. If we had ticks I'd get a couple ducks even though we have a small yard. More and more communities are allowing chickens in the backyard, so ducks should be allowed also. Ducks also don't scratch and ruin plants like chickens.
Make sure your granddaughter only goes out with socks and long sleeves and pants so the ticks have less area to latch on to. My nephew was diagnosed with Lyme disease after having it for 3 years. Now he has permanent damage. I think a body spray or lotion with Deet would be less harmful than Lyme disease.
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