How to Get Rid of Ticks in the Yard with Natural Home Remedies
Ticks can pose a serious risk to pets as well as yourself as they are a known vector for spreading Lyme disease and other viruses. Here are our top suggestions on keeping the tick control in check by using natural home remedies.
1. Keep the Lawn Grass Short
Ticks like to dwell in tall grass, bush, and shrubs so if you have lawn grass in the yard then it would be in your best interest to keep it as short as possible. The ticks are likely to seek shelter elsewhere if the grass in your yard is too short for them to hide under. If you live next to a wooded area then we strongly suggest maintaining some distance between the lawn grass and the wooded area so that it’s less likely for the ticks to migrate over.
2. Create a Barrier Using Sulfur
Sulfur is known for being an effective repellent for ticks so one option might be to sprinkle some sulfur around the perimeter of the yard to discourage the pests from coming in. Sulfur is already commonly used as a soil amendment so it may be beneficial even if we don’t exclude the repellent effects it has on ticks.
3. Let Chickens Roam the Yard
This obviously isn’t for everybody but if you have the option to keep chickens then you can just let the birds do the work of eliminating the ticks. Set up the yard so that the birds have free roam of the space. They will happily gobble up all the tiny pests they come across. A chicken tractor is a good option for keeping the birds in a safe, enclosed space.
4. Leave the Opossums Alone
If you happen to have opossums in the area then we would suggest leaving them alone unless they are being destructive in any way. Apparently, a single opossum can eat up to 5,000 ticks per season so they are your friend, not your enemy. They are the unsung heroes when it comes to our battle against Lyme disease. They are nocturnal so they won’t bother you so much during the day.