How to Rid the Yard of Ticks


Ticks are the biggest of the mite species, with eight legs and a bloodsucking habit that makes them an annoyance worldwide. Even worse, ticks are known carriers of diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If you have pets in your yard, you may be battling with ticks. But there are a number of remedies that can help eliminate these pests from your yard.

Step 1

Put on protective gloves, protective clothing and breathing protection. A number of remedies for ticks, including treatments for pets, should not come in contact with your skin.

Step 2

Place powdered sulfur in a pillowcase, and tie the open end closed with garden twine. Leave an end of the garden twine loose to serve as a pull handle.

Step 3

Drag the pillowcase across your lawn. Minute traces of the sulfur will work their way through the pillowcase and dust the surface of your lawn. The sulfur will repel both ticks and mosquitoes.

Step 4

Repeat this process after every rainfall.

Step 5

Plant garlic in your yard. Garlic contains sulfur naturally, and will keep ticks out of your yard. To plant garlic, dig a hole in the ground in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day and is well drained. The hole should be twice the size of a garlic clove. Place the clove with the pointed end upward in the hole and cover with dirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Breathing protection
  • Powdered sulfur
  • Pillowcase
  • Garden twine
  • Garden trowel
  • Garlic cloves


  • CDC: Stop Ticks
  • Herbal Healer Academy: HHA MSM Sulphur

Who Can Help

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Keywords: tick repellant, powdered sulfur, Planting garlic

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.