Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through a tick bite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, over 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in America.
This disease can affect people regardless of the age, and its symptoms resemble those of other diseases. However, if it is not treated on time, it can spread to the heart, joints, and even the nervous system.
Initially, you need to know the common places where ticks can be found. Namely, they live in humid, moist environments, wooded or grassy areas.
Therefore, whenever you spend some time outdoors, make sure you check yourself before you go inside your home, and if you found any, be sure to immediately get rid of them.
Cats and dogs are especially prone to tick bites and tick-borne diseases. Even though vaccines are available, they cannot prevent ticks from getting into your garden or yard.
Hence, you need to examine your pets for ticks on a daily basis, especially if they have been outdoors. Also, note that in the case of tick bites, your pet may show some symptoms, like a change in behavior or appetite.
Always try to immediately remove the tick, if you notice it on your pet.
However, even though you do not want to reduce the time spend outdoors, you should do all needed in order to prevent Lyme disease.
The following 5 tricks and tips will help you protect yourself and your pets from ticks, and you will successfully prevent Lyme disease:
- Use Plants
You can find numerous different tick repellents to buy, but all of them contain chemicals which can harm your health. Therefore, it is advisable to plant American beautyberry bushes instead of using them, as it leaves are excellent tick repellents.
- Cut the Grass
Even if it is on the lawn’s edge, make sure you cut all grass in your yard, as ticks hide in tall grass. If they have succeeded to live in the tall grass, they can easily enter your yard and bite your pets.
- Keep Wood Piles Neat
Ticks love wood piles as well, particularly if it is stacked in the shade. Therefore, keep the wood neat in a sunny spot, in order to dry our quickly and prevent moisture, in order to avoid ticks.
- Use a Buffer
As ticks fancy grass, they do not like gravels and wood chips. Therefore, you can use them as a buffer between the wooded place and the lawn and ticks will not cross into your garden.
If your yard or land is bigger and you need to keep ticks away, you should invest in several chickens. Apart from the constant supply of fresh eggs, they will peck away at any ticks they come across.
Moreover, your garden will be safe if you have Guinea hens. However, make sure you provide your chickens appropriate conditions for life. Furthermore, it is not recommended to use dear or tick spray if they use unnatural oil.
Yet, the following video will provide important information on the prevention of ticks, and they use cedar oil to protect their yard: