A well-groomed yard
Shutterstock One of the easiest ways to reduce ticks is to maintain your yard and its perimeter; about 82 percent of ticks found on lawns are discovered within nine feet of the lawn’s edge, especially if the lawn borders woods, stone walls, or lush leafy plantings or ground cover such as pachysandra. “Ticks don’t like dry and sunny conditions,” says Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-borne Disease and the TickEncounter Resource Center. To minimize your exposure to ticks and their potential diseases, including Lyme disease, create a landscape that includes more sunny areas and a clearly defined border of wood chips or gravel between the lawn and the woods. Removing dead leaves and overgrown shrubs along the lawn’s perimeter can also help keep ticks away. Find out the 13 things ticks won’t tell you.
Antigoni Lekka/Shutterstock Ticks hate certain plants, including lavender, feverfew, rosemary, marigolds, sage, and catnip, reports NaturalOn. Cultivate these plants in your yard, especially around the perimeter to naturally eliminate ticks from your yard. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause a variety of symptoms from rash and fever to facial paralysis and arthritis. Other diseases such as Powassan are also on the rise and can cause symptoms from headache and vomiting to confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Check out the plants that repel mosquitoes naturally, too.