5 Simple Ways to Keep Ticks and Lyme Disease Out of Your Yard!

If you’re unfamiliar with Lyme disease, it’s a bacterial infection transmitted via tick bite, and it’s something you absolutely don’t want to contract. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States every year. It affects people of all ages, and it’s often misdiagnosed because its symptoms mimic those of other illnesses. If left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to the joints, heart and even the nervous system.

The first step to preventing Lyme disease is to know where ticks are common. They live in moist, humid environments, most often near wooded or grassy areas. After spending time outdoors, be sure to check for ticks before going inside. If you find one, remove it immediately.

Dogs and cats are also susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases. While vaccines are available, they won’t keep pets from bringing a tick into your home. Check your pets daily for ticks, especially after they’ve spent time outdoors. Change in behavior or appetite can signal that your pet has been bitten by a tick. If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away.

No one wants to cut back on picnics, days at the park or other outdoor activities, but being aware and prepared is important to prevent Lyme disease.

Use these five tips and tricks to help keep your family safe from ticks and Lyme disease in your own backyard!

1. Cut the Grass

Get rid of any tall grass and brush, even if it’s at the edge of your lawn. Tall grass is a favorite hideout spot for ticks. If they’ve made a home in the tall grass next to your yard, chances are they’ll make their way into your yard.

2. Use a Buffer

Ticks enjoy grass. They don’t like to cross a path if it’s lined with something rough like wood chips or gravel. Use one of these materials as a buffer between your lawn and a wooded area to help keep ticks from crossing into your yard.

3. Keep Wood Piles Neat

Wood piles are another hangout spot for ticks, especially if the wood is stacked in the shade. Keep the wood neatly stacked in a spot that gets some sun. It’ll dry out faster and keep it from staying moist — the preferred atmosphere for ticks.

4. Use Plants

There are plenty of tick repellents available, but the majority of them contain harsh chemicals. Instead of using a chemical repellent, try planting American beautyberry bushes. Their leaves have been known to repel ticks.

5. Invest in a Tick-Eater

This isn’t an option for everyone, but if you have some land and you really want to keep ticks away, consider buying a few chickens. You’ll have fresh eggs and they’ll peck away at any ticks that make their way into your yard. Guinea hens will also protect your yard from ticks. Just be sure to do your research to find the proper shelter and food your new additions will need.

The video below provides some great tips for keeping ticks out of your yard. However, we do not suggest deer or tick spraying unless the oil used is natural. In this video, they use cedar oil.

h/t: Rodale’s Organic Life

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2 comments
JoeDrager - May 4, 2016

The simplest is to poison the little fu(kers.

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Juliana - May 10, 2016

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with Lyme disease. She met with a specialist in Portland who told her that the protocol for tick bites has changed (which very few doctors actually know). The disease is actually in the tick’s saliva, so if you get bitten by a tick that is infected, you have Lyme. It doesn’t need to be embedded for a certain amount of time. Also, as crazy as this might sound…you DO NOT want to take it off yourself. If you squeeze it, you’ll release more saliva into your system. You’re supposed to go to the ER and have them freeze it off. If you get on an antibiotic called Doxycycline within three days of first getting bit, you can take care of the infection before it has a chance to settle in. Obviously antibiotics are not an ideal choice, but personally, I’d rather be on antibiotics for a few days then spend $30,000 to treat Lyme over the course of several months – which is what my friend is looking at.

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