How to Get Rid of Insecticide Resistant Ticks


Some ticks carry and spread diseases, such as Lime disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They survive by feeding off blood and reproducing, and are typically carried onto your property by animals. If you think the ticks on your property are resistant to insecticides, there are also several tick management and removal methods you can try. Always wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants (tucked into your socks) and hat while working in an area highly infested with ticks.

Step 1

Keep your grass mowed and remove large bunches of grass clippings. Mow your grass to a height of 3 inches or less, which decreases humidity (which ticks prefer) and keeps small tick-carrying animals, such as mice, away.

Step 2

Remove the ticks with a piece of white flannel. Attach it to a pole and drag it across your lawn. The ticks will adhere to the fabric. Stuff the fabric in a thick garbage bag, seal it and discard.

Step 3

Create a barrier between your lawn and the woods. Use wood chips, bricks, gravel or other harder surfaces to prevent the ticks from crossing over into your lawn. A 2- to 3-foot barrier will suffice.

Step 4

Remove bird feeders, as well as birdbaths. Birds are also tick carriers, some from long distances as they migrate.

Step 5

Clean out the underbrush in your woods and remove overgrowth in your lawn and garden. Regularly clean up leaves and any other yard debris.

Step 6

Deter deer and another animals from carrying the ticks onto your property. Plant deer-resistant plants, such as annual vincas, daffodils, marigolds and crocuses, to keep the deer from wanting to go onto your property. In addition, a fence that is 6 feet or higher will help keep animals out. For deer, you may need a 10-foot fence, or a fence installed at an angle to keep the deer from jumping over it.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower
  • Rake
  • White flannel
  • Pole
  • Trash bag
  • Wood chips, gravel or bricks


  • U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine: Tick Control Around the Home
  • Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides: Avoiding Tick Problems Without Using Pesticides
  • Rutgers University: Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance
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