Ticks live on the blood of animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They are the carriers of disease and can spread the disease when they bite. The most common disease that ticks are associated with is Lyme Disease, but they can also spread other diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and ehrlichiosis. Ticks commonly live in grassy areas; they can't fly or jump so they are carried to their host by physical contact. Home remedies can help discourage ticks from living on your lawn, reducing the risk of your family or pets coming into contact with them.
Essential Oils Spritzer
A tick spritzer containing two drops each of essential oils of lavender, basil, lemon, opponax and eucalyptus can be a natural deterrent against ticks. Combine this with 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. of vodka. Boil 2 to 4 cups of water and add 1 cup of dried herbs including marjoram, eucalyptus and rosemary after removing from the heat. Allow this to sit for 30 minutes, then strain and add the liquid to the essential oil mix. This mixture can be sprayed on the yard, in trees and on pets. Larger doses can be mixed for larger areas. Keep in the refrigerator to avoid spoiling.
Cedar chips are a natural repellent against ticks, fleas, mice and ants. Chips can be placed around the perimeter of your lawn to keep ticks out. Chips should be around the base of trees and plants to deter ticks from falling from the trees. Ticks and other pests do not like the smell of the cedar and will try to avoid the location. Chips should be replaced every year for adequate protection.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural repellent against ticks. Tea tree oil is available at most major pharmacies. Mix a few ounces of tea tree oil with water and apply to the yard to repel ticks.