Although most people think of ticks as insects, they are actually mites, a species closely related to the spider. Ticks have eight legs, where insects have only six. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension, ticks don't travel on their own. If you have ticks in your yard, they have probably hitched a ride on a warm-blooded animal such as a pet or a squirrel. Ticks are a major concern because they carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Repel ticks by eliminating them on your pets.
Bathe your pets with a tick-control shampoo. Lather your pet's belly, leg joints, around the collar area and between the toes where ticks will attach themselves. Be careful not to get soap or water into your pet's eyes, nose or mouth.
Employ flea and tick preventatives on your pet such as a flea and tick collar, and a liquid repellent.
Mow your lawn regularly, eliminate all ground cover, pick up all debris in the yard and move any wood piles away from the yard. This will eliminate any cover that ticks can hide in.
Trim the bushes in your yard so that ticks can't shelter in them.
Create a barrier between your yard and any wooded areas by installing a 3-foot-wide, 3-inch-deep gravel trench.
Remove any landscaping features such as a waterfall or pond. Features such as these attract birds, deer, raccoons and squirrels that attract ticks.
Plant herbs that naturally repel ticks, including garlic and basil.
Place powdered sulfur in a pillowcase. Tie the mouth shut with a piece of garden twine. Leave a piece of the twine longer so that you can pull the pillowcase on the ground. Drag the pillowcase in strips over your lawn to distribute the sulfur over the yard. Repeat after every rain.