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Hello everyone

I am new here, so let get it started. We own a piece of land (about 1 acre) in Hungery since 2016, and as we are not permanently there and so on we try to go to the permaculture road.
We have a lot of ticks and it doesnt go well with our child and dogs:P
But as i tried to find some solution i sadly realized that is almost everithing what people suggest on the internet is against the permaculture. Chemicals, cut the grass very low, dont leave any wild bush, tree logs, etc, so nothing where they can hide. But i dont want to because that will eliminate the possible home from many other insects, snakes, small mammals, lizards ad so on.

So do you have any idea what can i do to lower the number of them? There are some plants which can repel them, but i found a bit complicated because of the big area. I got some seeds from Callicarpa americana, i will try to plant them this year, maybe they will like it here.
Any other ideas?
 
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When you say you're not permanently there, does that mean you live off the property and are able to visit with a predictable regularity or is it more like you visit on vacation.  When I think permaculture tick control I think guinea fowl.  But you'd have to be able to visit with some regularity to tend them.

If you can't visit regularly, then I think your best bets are going to be things like wearing protective clothing and spraying yourself with essential oils that repel them.  You might get some benefit out of spreading diatomaceous earth in the most important areas.
 
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I think Casie is spot on with the guinea's. The thing with them is they need to be raised on that land from baby chicks and they will know that is home and won't leave. If you brought in adult guinea's, they won't stick around. Other than being there to help raise them, once they are a little older they are pretty much no maintenance, and as long as there is water around for them they will find their own food. And you'll have essentially tick-free land.
 
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I use ducks.

They take care of snakes and toads as well, but with the snakes, this is Maine and so they are not poisonous nor are they big.
 
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