Ticks are very hardy little pests and they can live in a variety of different environments. But even if they’re tough, they still have some things that they don’t like and these can be used to ward them off or keep them away.
Ticks hate the smell and sensations caused by certain essential oils. These include citronella, lavender, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and lemon eucalyptus. Spraying these around your yard, including over lawn furniture or places where you may sit or walk often, will repel the ticks since they don’t like the smells or sensations.
Ticks also really hate garlic – ticks hate the smell of garlic as well as the taste. You can make a garlic spray for your yard by mixing crushed garlic with some water, allow it to steep for a few hours before straining it into a spray bottle and spraying it around your yard and other areas where ticks might hide.
Ticks also hate smoke; smoking any type of herb in your yard will help to keep away ticks since they are likely to avoid smoke-filled areas because of their aversion to it.
Lastly, Ticks hate temperature changes – Ticks need warm temperatures to survive but if an area becomes too hot (above 95°F) then the ticks become weakened and unable to feed on humans or animals. So if you want to discourage ticks from inhabiting an area then try using extreme temperatures in order to kill off any existing populations.
DEET-Based Insect Repellents: DEET is an effective insect repellent that masks the smells ticks use to find their host
DEET-based insect repellents are a simple and effective way of deterring ticks. These repellents contain a chemical called N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) that works by masking the odours produced by humans and animals which attract ticks. DEET repels mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, midges and other insects, making it ideal for hiking in tick habitats.
For best results, apply an insect repellent with a concentration of 20%-30% DEET to seresto store exposed skin prior to going outdoors. Be sure to follow the labels instructions as some brands of DEET require re-application after several hours. Additionally, wearing light colored clothing can help to make spotting ticks in outdoor areas easier. For greater coverage use permethrin based spray on clothes and gear to repel ticks even more effectively.
Natural Alternatives: Essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus and cedar oil are species of plants that have been known to repel ticks
Using essential oils is a great natural alternative to synthetic chemical tick repellents. Essential oils like lemon eucalyptus and cedar oil are particular favorites of mine. Not only do they effectively repel ticks, but they also smell great!
Lemon eucalyptus oil has been scientifically proven to be as effective as DEET in repelling ticks. Another advantage is that unlike synthetic chemicals, essential oils are safe to use around kids and pets. You can spray a light mist in the yard or around your camping gear and you’ll know that you’re keeping your family safe from ticks.
But please remember that essential oils should never directly touch skin or clothes; the best way to use them is in an atomizer that disperses the oil without wetting your skin. That said, it’s still important to check your body for any signs of ticks after you’ve been exposed to areas with high population of them just in case anything got through!
Tick Control Products: These products contain permethrin or another chemical which make the area less desirable to ticks.
Tick control products are a great way to reduce the tick population in your home and yard. Most tick control products contain permethrin or another chemical that is designed to make the area less desirable for ticks. Permethrin D-trans is especially effective and kills ticks on contact.
Another type of tick control product is a flea and tick collar, which is designed to repel ticks from your pet’s neck area. Flea and tick collars usually last 6 months before needing replacement and are odorless, making them an ideal option for pets who dislike wearing scents around their necks.
There are also some diy methods available, such as garlic or orange peels, that can help reduce the number of ticks in your environment. However, it may take multiple treatments over several days to achieve full control of ticks.
Ultimately, by combining various natural remedies with chemical treatments you’ll reduce your chances of being bit by a tick significantly!
Non-toxic Surfaces: Try avoiding wood mulch, leaf litter and other groundcovers around your home as those areas harbor ticks
When it comes to keeping ticks away, one of the best things you can do is to avoid wood mulch and leaf litter around your home. These groundcovers are great habitats for ticks as they’re moist and usually dark enough to not be disturbed by sunlight. Some other materials that might also serve as a home for ticks include hay, straw and grass clippings.
To combat this issue, try using non-toxic surfaces like gravel or stone around the perimeter of your property. Bark chip materials are also suitable, however bark chips are still organic so there is a possibility that some may create a safe environment for ticks. If you decide to use them anyway then make sure to check it often and move any loose material from your garden beds or flower boxes periodically to disturb their breeding grounds. In addition, another great way to repel ticks is to introduce natural repellants such as cedar chips or mint leaves around the perimeter of your property too – just remember any strong smells will help keep those pesky vampires away!
Adding a few deterrents can go a long way towards keeping you tick free! Make sure to follow labels when using any chemicals for tick control and wear protective clothing when outside for added protection.