According to the Centers for Disease Control, “the number of counties in the northeastern United States that are considered high-risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 320%” since the 1990s. And this tick-borne sickness has become a concern in areas that weren’t usually bothered by this illness.
Lyme disease is caused by borrelia bacteria found in black-legged ticks that have been affecting 300,000 Americans every year.
Early symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, body aches, and headache. Moreover, others also experience dizziness, night sweats, vision changes, and sleep problems.
According to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, this will eventually cause memory and joint problems, acid reflux, and panic attacks when not treated properly.
Those who live in thick vegetation and woodland are at higher risk. Make sure you check yourself, your pets and kids when spending time outdoors.
But as what people always say, prevention is better than cure. So here are 5 natural ways to get rid of ticks from your backyard:
1. Bug-Repellent Plants
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Lavender, sage, garlic, mint, eucalytus and beautyberry are other plants that can be grown to deter ticks. It’s important to know, though, that plants, like eucalyptus, can be toxic to your pets.
2. Keep Grass Short
Ticks live in humidity and shade, so keeping your grass short will make them find a new habitat elsewhere.
3. Raise Tick Eaters
While this isn’t for everybody, raising chicken could help get rid of ticks. Setting up a bird feeder for other birds like robins would attract tick-eaters as well.
4. Scatter Diatomaceous Earth
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Since we are avoiding the use of chemicals, food-grade diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide will get rid of ticks in your yard safely. Scatter some along the edges of your house to protect your property once a month or after it rains.
5. Essential Oil Spray
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Mix these essential oils: geranium (10 drops), cedarwood (5 drops), lavender (3 drops), and lemongrass (3 drops) into a spray bottle and add a cup of water. Spray your mixture on your clothes, skin and shoes before going out in wooded areas.
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