Tick, Tock! Naturally Repel Ticks This Spring

With spring quickly approaching, you may be creating a list of various tasks for your landscape and home exterior. From fertilizing the lawn to bug control, the seasonal tasks can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on preventing and controlling ticks.

While these unappealing insects do not fly or jump, they can climb and quickly latch on to you, your children, and your pets. After latching on and getting a taste of blood, they can be challenging to remove. Ticks are not only annoying, but they can also be very dangerous. Considering they can carry and transmit diseases, such as Lyme Disease, prevention is key. Using these natural, effective options, you can prevent ticks from invading your landscape.

Mow

Your grass is an appealing home for ticks and other insects. Of course, you do not need to mow down every square inch of grass in your landscape. However, mowing your lawn on a regular schedule is smart.

In peak seasons, mow your lawn each week to ensure your grass is never overgrown or tall. In addition, use the grass clippings and other landscaping trimmings to create compost instead of throwing back onto the lawn.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a natural tick and flea repellent, but it is safe to use around your surrounding landscape, children, and pets. The smell is unappetizing, which ensures ticks will steer clear from any areas with peppermint. To use this natural tick repellent, combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:

  • 3 cups of water
  • ¼ cup peppermint oil ( or crust a few leaves from a peppermint plant and add to the water)

Mix and spray on your lawn, shrubs, beds, trees, flowers, and outdoor living areas.

Plants

In most cases, you have a designated area of your landscape for entertaining, playing, and relaxing. While it may be difficult to repel ticks from your entire yard, repelling them from these designated areas is possible using a few plants.

Surround these areas with the following plants that will repel ticks:

  • Sage – From cooking and infusing to insect repelling on your skin and landscape, it is easy to see the benefits of sage. Plant in containers around your outdoor living areas, or in flowerbeds for instant appeal.
  • Lemon Grass – This lemon-scented plant effectively repels ticks and fleas. In addition, it is an attractive addition to your landscape.

Ticks can wreak havoc on your home, health, landscape, and pets. Using these tips, you can naturally repel ticks and protect your children, pets, and landscape. If you've already begun to have problems with ticks or other pests, contact a company like Pest Control Toronto to take care of the problem right away.

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