Ticks in your yard can put you and your family at risk of being bitten and possibly contracting Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. To help reduce the chances of tick bites, follow these simple tips to repel ticks in yards:
- Mow your lawn on a regular basis. Ticks like to hide in tall grass and wait for a host to latch on to.
- Remove leaf debris and keep garden beds clean and dry.
- Prune shrubs and bushes so they aren’t extending into walk areas where people or pets will brush up against them.
- Keep ground covers to a minimum, as ticks like to hide there.
- Avoid shady areas; ticks like the shade because they can’t tolerate heat.
- Create a natural barrier around your property using gravel or wood chips. These areas will be hot and dry and make navigation difficult for the tick.
- Keep pets out of wooded areas as much as possible.
- Try to keep deer out of the yard as they are the preferred host of deer ticks.
- Grow plants with a strong odor or essential oil such as lavender, lemon balm, or marigolds. Here’s a list of good mosquito repellent plants that also help repel ticks.
- If you have a wood pile, keep it neat and in a sunny area. Remember, moist wood and shade is a tick magnet.
- Hire a professional applicator such as Tick Ranger® to apply a natural tick repellent to your property.
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Shade Plants That Repel Ticks
When choosing plants for your yard or garden, you may find yourself in a bind between picking plants you love and selecting varieties that are less hospitable to pests. But you don’t always have to compromise.
Utilizing fragrant plants and herbs, such as mint, to keep bugs away is a classic approach. They are highly effective at deterring ticks and mosquitoes. Plus their powerful aroma also makes it appealing for us humans too. The (to us) delectable and fragrant aroma of lemon thyme deters a variety of pesky insects, making it optimal for those shady spots in your garden.
Lemon balm and bee balm also thrive in shady areas; they emit a citrusy aroma that insects find unappealing. Finally, with the incredible power of alliums like chives and garlic, you can enjoy your yard and repel ticks the natural way.
We Practice Environmental Stewardship, Not Chemical-intensive Tick Control
As many lawn care businesses persisted in using pesticides indiscriminately, we innovated an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system—a first for our industry. This system has drastically reduced the need for chemicals in lawn care, which has resulted in a decrease of weed and insect control usage on lawns by over 85%!
How do we do it?
- By maintaining the naturally existing predators of turf pests, we can effectively fight against unwanted invasions.
- By bringing in turf varieties that are newly developed and naturally resistant to pests, we can use pesticides more sparingly.
- By educating consumers on the best practices for mowing and watering, we can promote sustainable lawn care habits.
Tick and Pest Control Services
Contact the lawn care experts at NaturaLawn of America for any tick-repellent or yard care need.