4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Ticks in the Yard

Ticks, specifically deer ticks, should be removed immediately due to the risk of Lyme disease. Here are four natural remedies you can use to get rid of ticks in the yard.

How to Get Rid of Ticks

1. Spray the Yard with Beneficial Nematodes
Beneficial nematodes are microscopic roundworms that infect the tick larvae with bacteria. Ticks that get exposed to beneficial nematodes can die in one or two days.

Beneficial Nematodes Ticks

The easiest way to apply beneficial nematodes to your yard is to either use a hose-end sprayer, a pump sprayer, or a watering can.

2. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a natural powder that can kill ticks by dehydrating them to death. The powder loses its effectiveness in damp conditions so it should be re-applied anytime your yard gets exposed to water.

Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe to use around pets and children as long as they don’t inhale a large amount of the powder.

Chicken and Ticks

3. Create a Wood Chip or Gravel Barrier
This is especially important for people who live next to wooded areas. Create a tick-safe zone by placing wood chips or gravel between the perimeter of your lawn and the wooded area. Clear away all the leaf litter and tall grasses around your home.

4. Introduce Ground-Feeding Birds
Ground-feeding birds are your best friend when it comes to tick control. The most popular choices are chickens, ducks, and guinea fowls. Let them loose in your yard for a couple hours a day and watch the tick population dwindle to non-existence.

If you have opossums around your home then consider leaving them alone unless they become a big nuisance. According to one study, opossums could remove about 5,000 ticks in a season. You don’t have to worry as much about potential diseases because the chances of opossums carrying rabies are extremely rare.