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Everything You Need To Know For Total Rodent Control

Diatomaceous Earth: The Secret Weapon in Your Pest Control Arsenal

Graveyard Gardening: Using Diatomaceous Earth to Revive Soil

Homemade Halloween Decor: Cauldron Concoctions

How to protect plants during the colder season: Mummify

Spooky Soil Secrets: Unearth the Magic of Diatomaceous Earth for Halloween Gardens

Top 10 Beginner Gardening Tips

Spring Detox Guide: Smoothie Recipes

How To Use Diatomaceous Earth!

Diatomaceous Earth Lemonade Recipe

Does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Bed Bugs?

How to Apply Diatomaceous Earth for Cockroaches

Natural Indoor Ant Treatment

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: Human Benefits

Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Bed Bug Control

DE Detox: Cleanse Your Body with Diatomaceous Earth

How to Chase Away Rodents with Diatomaceous Earth

Natural Flea Control for Cats with Diatomaceous Earth

Natural Flea Control for Dogs with Diatomaceous Earth

Does Diatomaceous Earth Have Side Effects?

Diatomaceous Earth for Cats

The Difference Between DE and Bentonite Clay

Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth: The Natural Cockroach Killer

Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

Can Diatomaceous Earth Help Me Lose Weight?

Beginner's Guide to Diatomaceous Earth

Why Home Remedies for Bed Bugs Are Your Only Option

Diatomaceous Earth Benefits Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Using DE to Polish Copper Bottomed Pots and Pans

Keep Silverware from Tarnishing

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing The Bread Box

Diatomaceous Earth: Elk Feed Additive

Polishing and Cleaning Silver and Pewter Utensils

Polishing and Cleaning Utensils (Non-Silver)

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Your Vacuum

Diatomaceous Earth: Goose Feed Additive

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Shoes

Diatomaceous Earth: Bison Feed Additive

Diatomaceous Earth: Polish Out Hard Water Stains

How Do You Spell Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Trash Cans

Diatomaceous Earth: Duck Feed Additive

How Our Diatomaceous Earth Is Going Green

Deodorizing Cupboards, Drawers, and Closets with DE

Pesticides and Dogs Don't Mix

The Many Names of Diatomaceous Earth

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Natural Tick Control in Your Backyard

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Ticks Outside:

There is really no way to kill all the ticks on your property. Ticks are so pervasive that you would have to coat your entire backyard with a thick layer of Crawling Insect DE to make sure they don't show up. Another option is to just burn your entire back yard so there is no plant life, just smoldering debris. Neither option would be a reasonable proposal (seriously, they are not good ideas). We are going to talk about some of the small things we can do using DE:

Step 1:

Ticks can be carried by rodents and transferred to your pets. Mark areas where you have seen mice or other rodents (cords of wood, sheds, barns, the garage, or around things you have propped up near your house).

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Step 2:

You may want to clean out these areas if they have any debris. If you find holes, fill or patch them. You may also want to reorganize your wood.

Step 3:

Using an applicator, dust with DE, and along the edge of your house (if you have any tall grasses planted alongside your house you will want to target those as well).

Step 4:

Repeat once a month during tick season or if the DE is washed away after heavy rain.

If you have other issues combating ticks around your property and are worried about the safety of your pets and family, follow these tips from the Center for Disease Control:

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Tip 1:

Ticks love to hang out in piles of leaves so be sure to remove leaf litter from your property. They also enjoy tall grasses and brushes to keep those areas cut back and away from your grass or house.

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Tip 2:

The CDC recommends keeping a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas; mowing the lawn frequently; and keeping playground equipment, decks, and patios away from your yard's edge and trees (8 ft).

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Tip 3:

You also need to be sure that there are no places on your property where rodents and other animals can come and stay. Stack wood neatly and in a dry area to discourages rodents; construct fences to keep animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard; and remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.

Tip 4:

In addition to all this, the CDC recommends using acaricide, a pesticide, once or twice a year if ticks are a more serious concern for your property.

If you follow these steps you will help keep your family and pets safe from diseases spread by ticks this coming season. Be sure to clean out your house, break out the DE, and make a plan to do some landscaping to keep your property free from ticks.

Click these links for information on treating your cat, dogs, and home.