Safeguarding Your Yards For Tick Control
As I have recently discovered a tick in my dogs ear and one on my scalp, I have begun the war on safeguarding my family, myself and my dogs against these blood sucking, disease laden and extremely unwanted creatures. After some research and common knowledge, here is what I am doing to win this war.
1. Doing daily tick checks on myself, family members and my dogs.
2. Washed all six of my dogs with tick and flea shampoo and have used the topical repellant Sentry. Since I was in a rush to find products, I used the topical repellant by Sentry on all of my dogs. Two of them became sick, throwing up and lethargic. I think the chemicals in some of the popular topical applications are to strong and/or toxic. I am currently looking for a more natural approach to safeguard my dogs against ticks.
3. We have sprayed our yard with a product called Sentry Yard and Premise Spray. The tricky part with this was keeping my dogs off of the parts of the yard that had been sprayed. Although there was no indication of harm to pets coming in contact with this spray, I didn’t want it on them or tracked into my house. It recommends reapplication after six weeks. If you have chemical sensitivities, I do not recommend using this product, as I am still smelling it a week later. It’s a horrible smell. I will not be using this product again, but instead I have found an organic product by Ecosmart. Ingredients in this product include:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Few other ingredients….
4. I am adding a layer of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth around the fence lines and flower beds. Here is some more information on this product. Diatomacious Earth. Although it is a non-toxic subtance, it’s important to wear a mask during spreading of this super fine powder, as you don’t want it in your lungs or eyes. I also recommend spreading on a low wind day.
5. Removed our bird feeder, as birds are common carriers of ticks.
6. Keeping grass really short.
There are other things that you can do to safeguard your yards for tick control. Check out this website.