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yanivnaced
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Spring is coming soon and I need to make sure our yard is tick free. My landscaper sprays pesticides a few times during the year. But on top of that I'd like to spray something every week to really be sure. It would also be nice if the spray would deter deer and other animals.

Does anybody have any recipes for home-made garden sprays that work?

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I understand your need to rid your yard of ticks, but I'm not sure all the sprayed pesticides are the best solution. Those chemicals can make you sicker than the Lyme!

Have you looked into or tried Damminix Tick Tubes? I have used them with great success and I woods and lots of critters coming into my yard (including deer). You can find out more about them at:

www.ticktubes.com

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Robin, thanks for posting about those tubes, I was unaware of them. I was just posting about gardening and lyme over in support and I think putting these around the garden area and around our property in general would be a great idea.

Thanks! [Smile]

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Yes, there is a kind of garlic powder sold, which is mixed with water and sprayed on the lawn. After a short time (a day? or two?) it can't be smelled by humans. It lasts one month and repels insects, including ticks. A reputable company sells it, and a friend said people have said it works. I have a jar of the powder, but haven't used it yet. If you want the name and source, i can get the information.
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Here's the info on the garlic spray, a liquid, not powder, to be mixed with either oil or water.
"Garlic Barrier"
624 Ruberta Ave
Glendale, CAlif. 91201-2335
[email protected]
www.garlicbarrier.com
800-424-7990

Its stated use is to spray on fruits and berries. Around here, its established off-label use is to spray on lawns to repel ticks and carpenter ants.

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Tempo is a pretty natural product,non odorous,,,that does a number on all creepy crawly bugs.

Actually made of gerranium flowers.

Since THAT is the case,,,cant hurt to have a line of those around the edge also!! and maybe around the house.

Is your lawn sprayer spraying herbicides or pestacides,,,BIG difference!! SPRAY is NOT spray,,differences abound

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I was searching online today and happened to come across this:

http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/ticks.html

I don't have any experience with it but it sounds similar to the product pamoisondelune linked to.

I'd really like to try something organic--we have a big yard and I really don't like the thought of our house being surrounded by a halo of pesticides. [Frown]

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Actually, not sure what the landscaper sprays.
When he's done I see a sign on the lawn "do not walk". I should ask him about it!

Thanks for the garlic info. Sounds like a good product. Might be nice to add in other stuff such as pungent essential oils like oregano, clove, cinnamon, neem, etc.

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regarding the Garlic - how often do you need to spray? I looked on line, but couldn't find the answer.
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on the funny side - Garlic's not just for vampires anymore!
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How often to spray the Garlic spray--- our local outfit here that sells it says once a month.
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As for planting tick-repellant plants around the edge of the woods, plant Pycnanthemum muticum, in the mint family. Peppermint spray repels and contact kills ticks. An informal gardener's testing of various memebers of the mint family found that Pycnanthemum muticum was the most tick-repellant. It would grow perfectly where you are, yaniv.
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To keep deer out, use vials of coyote urine, which sell for $10 a vial. Each vial lasts a month. Space them at intervals around the edge of your property. Hang the vials on branches or posts. I'm not sure how close to space them. I;'ve never used coyote urine, but they say it works. It's sold by Pinetree Seeds in Maine. They're on the net.
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