Tick time: This fruit drives away the dreaded parasites from your garden
Created: 05/21/2022, 04:48 am
By: Andrea Stettner
Ticks are considered nasty bloodsuckers that transmit dangerous diseases with their saliva.
But there are simple ways to keep the parasites out of your garden.
Ticks are one of those animals that nobody wants to have in their garden.
The small parasites not only bite into the skin of humans and animals and feed on their blood.
Meanwhile, they also transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease or what is known as tick-borne encephalitis (FSME),
which can be really dangerous for people.
Ticks like to hide in tall grass.
But there are ways and means to drive them out of the garden.
How do I recognize ticks?
Like mites or spiders, ticks are arachnids, which can be easily recognized by their eight legs.
Their bodies can be colored in many different ways - from brown, reddish-brown, yellow, black, gray to white or almost transparent.
Their bodies are typically oval and flat in shape, about
two to four millimeters in size
, but swell enormously over the course of a blood meal, then resembling a large kernel of corn, up to 12 mm in size.
The young ticks, also called nymphs, are responsible for the
most common tick bites
, which occur
from May to July
reach their peak.
Since ticks need a lot of blood to feed themselves, they often cling to their host for days.
They look for a warm place to do this, such as the armpits of humans.
Where are ticks in the garden?
The rumor still persists that ticks drop from trees.
In fact, ticks prefer to sit in damp, tall grass, in bushes or other vegetation close to the ground
at a height of 30 to 60 centimeters.
Anyone who then roams through meadows and unmown lawns with bare legs will quickly catch a tick.
How do I find out if I have ticks in my garden?
Cat or dog owners notice quite quickly whether they have ticks in their garden.
All you have to do is regularly check the fur of your four-legged friend and remove the ticks.
Everyone else can use this trick: Take a
white sheet or towel
and roam around your garden with it.
Then spread out the cloth - the ticks will quickly become visible as dark dots on the light fabric.
Home remedies for ticks in the garden – this is how you get rid of the parasites
One of the most effective methods of biological pest control - and harmless to children, adults and pets.
Diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized diatoms.
On contact with the powder, ticks dry out and die within a few hours.
Simply apply the kieselguhr powder (advertising link) wherever you have found it, preferably every few weeks or after heavy rain showers.
When applying, you should wear a mask to avoid inhaling the powder and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Ticks hate the smell of citrus fruits, so a decoction made from it is ideal for chasing ticks out of the garden.
To do this, boil
two sliced lemons in half a liter
of water and let it simmer for an hour.
Then pour into a colander and let cool.
Then fill the tick repellent in a flower sprayer and spray the appropriate corners in your garden with your anti-tick decoction.
Fragrances, such as cedar oil, have also proven themselves as home remedies for tick repellent.
To prevent tick bites, rub a few drops of the oil on your ankles, wrists, and neck.
Even better for prevention, wear long pants and long-sleeved tops when walking through tall grass or trimming your shrubs.
Even ants can't stand certain scents at all.
For example, cinnamon can be used wonderfully to combat ants in raised beds.
Tips for tick defense: Keep the lawn as short as possible
To prevent ticks from spreading through your lawn, you should
mow it regularly and short
In this way, the moisture dries off faster in the morning and the ticks can no longer find water to survive.
If you mow your lawn regularly, you still cannot be safe from ticks - then the parasites settle in the peripheral areas such as bushes or between ground covers such as ivy or fat mans.
You should therefore avoid overgrowth as much as possible and
cut back your shrubs regularly
to provide ticks with fewer nesting sites.
Damp leaves are also good hiding spots for ticks, so it's best to pile piles of leaves in areas you and your family don't frequent.
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