I am gardening in SE PA and we have such a Lyme disease/deer tick issue. It is always on my mind as I venture into my beds to weed and plant. Does anyone have any tips for how to make your yard/garden areas safer. I do wear proper attire – pants tucked into socks when I can stand it without overheating.
Deer ticks and lime disease are also prevelant where I live. In my experience, lighter colored clothing seems to not attract them as much. It is also easier to see them if they are on your clothes. For some reason when my husband and I go out together the ticks always wind up on him rather than me, not sure why…
I have heard great things about chickens keeping down the bug populations. We will be getting chickens next month (May) for the first time. I will let you know if I notice a difference.
I have given up trying to prevent contact w/ticks as they are everywhere now here (other than the fact that I mow an even larger area around the house than I once did).
Instead I have become hyper-vigilant about self-check…shower after working outside, discard clothing, check self again in morning, and so on.
I have a very inexpensive “Tick Twister” from the health-food store (or online or pet store or drug store probably, too) and I take them off myself and the cat that way, which is much more effective than cruder tactics at removal should one dig in.
Key is to remember that they will often wander around for a day deciding where to bite, so bringing them in on your clothes (by not changing) and checking yourself just once won’t do it…they may be in the clothes or just waiting to explore when you’re not looking. I am more apt to find them the morning after than right away, scary to say.
But I have no tricks for making the yard tick-free.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.