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5 Inexpensive and Natural Ways to Repel Ticks

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When it comes to insect populations in your yard and around your home, ticks are one of the most dangerous. Fortunately, you don’t need to empty your wallet on expensive insecticides or an exterminator. Here are several inexpensive and natural ways to help repel ticks.

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Wear a citrus repellent. Simply boil citrus peels (orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon) in water, let cool, and apply it directly to your skin. You can also fill a spray bottle and take it with you, to reapply as needed.

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Keep up with your yard landscape. Ticks thrive in long grass, forests and fields. By keeping your grass short, you can help to prevent these pesky ticks from entering your yard.

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Treat your lawn with oils. Certain essential oils can serve as a natural insecticide. This includes peppermint, wintergreen, lavender and rosemary. Spray the oils (mixed with water) in your lawn and in your garden to kill any ticks that may be present, and deter any ticks that could enter your yard in the next month. Be sure to continue this treatment on a monthly basis!

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Use garlic. Ticks can’t stand the smell of it. Whether you decide to plant garlic in your garden or take an all-natural garlic supplement – this is one of the cheapest ways to prevent ticks.

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Keep mice and deer out of your yard. These are the two main carriers of ticks and Lyme disease. While fences will easily keep the deer away, click here for some simple tricks to help scare away the rodents.

 

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