Lucrecia Anderson wrote:
John Paulding wrote:
The first summer we spent here, every evening, we looked like a family of monkeys pulling bugs off of each other, except that we didn't eat the bugs. We decided that's no way to live.
Good lord! Were you walking through tall grass and brush all day? If the grass is short ticks shouldn't be that bad.
Chris Wang wrote: If you fear lime disease, look up mammalian meat allergy, seems like a fate worse than death.
Rufus Laggren wrote: Do we have any substantial records of how past people used it over long periods of time?
Gail Gardner wrote:
Diatomaceous earth can also help.
Cowboys in Texas would duct tape the bottom of their pants legs and powder them with sulphur. So if they really bother you, try that. Be careful what you try, though. I read that tea tree oil would repel them. When i tried that, it was like nectar to them and they crawled on me 10x worse than normal. So test before assuming something will work.
S Bengi wrote:Metarhizium anisopliae
Fungi that eat ticks.
Other species in the genus is used to control locust and mosquito, termite and thrips, Paul Stamens says they would be good for honey bee (mite killers).
Dan Boone wrote:I have this crackpot theory that my dozens and dozens of tick bites every year have functioned as a set of informal redneck live vaccinations against the tick diseases prevalent on my property.
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:I'm currently testing nematodes as tick control. The advantage, other than the lack of toxins, is that the nematodes will keep reproducing as long as there's something to feed them. I didn't see any beneficial insects on the list of bugs these nematodes will eat, but I'll be keeping an eye out for that.
If it works, I might see if I can convince my neighbors to do the same.