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Jeremy Stocks
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Hi there,

I'm interested to create plant guilds underneath my apple and plum trees but where I live in Bavaria there is considerable risk of ticks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixodes_scapularis)

The way I understand it the practice of forest gardening ,might exacerbate the problem. Any ideas?
 
gary gregory
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Location: northern california, 50 miles inland from Mendocino, zone 7
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Here's a short list I found.  I think rosemary is another one.

Plants That Repel Ticks
Tick repellent plants have not been as well studied as plants that repel mosquitoes but among the plants believed to repel ticks are:

lavender
garlic
pennyroyal
pyrethrum (type of crysanthemum)
sage
American beautyberry
eucalyptus


Lots of deer there?
 
Jeremy Stocks
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God thanks Gary that was quick!

Yep Bayern is a pretty well populated region with deer.
 
gary gregory
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http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2009/08/deer_ticks_and_lyme_disease_in.html

This article talks about the white - footed mouse being the vector for lyme disease in that part of the world.   

Maybe you can find the vector in your area and deal with that.   A couple of hungry cats comes to mind.


BTW, those plants I listed are not necessarily part of a fruit tree guild, I simply googled "tick repelling plants".
 
Joel Hollingsworth
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Not that these should be introduced to Europe, but the fence lizard kills lyme disease parasites in my neck of the wood: the lizard blood seems to destroy the parasite in the ticks' guts.

I bet better diversity of habitat will mean more insectivores scurrying through the undergrowth, eating the ticks. I understand some people raise Guinea fowl as a predator. I understand chickens will prey on smaller tick-hosting animals with a little training, and probably eat ticks as well...plus they seem to be part of most forest garden plans for many other reasons.
 
                    
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we found last year that all the baby chicks that were hatched on the place and that ran everywhere really did a number on the ticks.  Of course once they get big they become destructive.  as long as they are children they dart in and out and really can't scratch up much.  (Momma hen runs franticly along the fence and those kids don't mind her). 
 
Brenda Groth
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well in our area the cats eat the mice..but they would also eat the chickens and hens that we might try to raise..esp my big boy cat, he is a monster.

however, you might also try attracting wild birds..i have lived in a high deer area for 39 years and have never had a tick on me..ever.

people complain about deer ticks..but i feed the deer and don't get ticks.

i do put flea and tick collars on my cats though, to protect them mostly from fleas..but maybe they are killing off the ticks too?
 
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