Your Garden: Get rid of ticks

5:04 PM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
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FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's going to be a very tough tick season. The weather was so mild this winter and spring, that ticks never really hibernated. That means, not only are they out, they've had the whole season to breed. And since some ticks spread lyme disease, having more of them around is a real worry. 

Chickens eat ticks.  But if you don't want to keep chickens, there are easier, eco-friendly ways to keep ticks out of your yard.

Eco-Smart makes a Mosquito and Tick control spray that attaches to your hose.

Just spray it on your plants. It will keep ticks at bay until the next rain. Eco-smart also makes a repellant that you can put on your skin.

Ticks don't like hot sun... Keep you grass mowed low to keep them off the lawn.  Remove leaves and brush where ticks like to hide. If you are going hiking in the woods, wear long sleeves and pants and pull your socks over the bottom of your pants. Always check yourself  for ticks when you get home.

When it comes to pulling ticks out, the less you do to the tick to irritate it, the better. So forget burning it, rubbing alcohol on it, or twisting it; simply pull it straight out. If the head comes off, don't worry. The tick will still die.

Check yourself and your pet daily for ticks and fleas. Deer ticks are very small. For lyme disease to spread, the ticks have to be attached for 24 to 36 hours.  But remember, most people who get bitten by a tick will not get Lyme Disease. 


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