Creating tick-free zones
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance recommends creating areas in your yard that are free from ticks.
The TBDA TICKOFF list:
- Tidy up by removing leaves, branches and debris, which create hiding places for ticks and their hosts.
- Install 3-foot wide gravel or wood chip barriers along the edges of stone walls, ornamental gardens and woodlot perimeters.
- Create gravel or wood chip pathways linking the house to frequently used outside areas.
- Keep woodpiles and bird feeders far away from the home as they attract rodents which ticks feed on.
- Open up areas to direct sunlight and keep lawns cut short to reduce the humid environment that ticks thrive in.
- Form play and recreational areas at least 10 feet away from wooded edges; place playsets on wood chip beds and in sunny areas.
- Fully use patio and non-grass or non-vegetative areas as much as possible.
TBDA recommends a chemical tick repellant for your clothing when outside… You might try Dr Schulze’s non-toxic herbal products BUG BARRIER and BUG BLOCK to see whether ticks dislike them. You could also contact Dr Schulze’s office (herbdoc.com – customer support) to get their advice.