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We have A LOT of ticks around here.  My dog came in covered recently and I couldn't imagine how I could get them all off intact.  I powdered him down with diatomaceous earth and they just fell off as I rubbed it in... dead as doornails.  I'm sold! I now powder my legs, below the knee, my pants and my socks down when I work outside.  When I think of all the times I have tried to pull out a tock or touch it with a match... anything to get the head out... from my own skin, I really wish I had known about this stuff decades ago!  I'd see it from time to time in a discussion here and there, but I had no idea what it was until I watched an old Bill Mollison lecture from the the early 90s.  It does all he said it would.
 
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Good to know. When attempting to get rid of ticks from around your place, it is said that a mixture of chickens and guinea fowl can get rid of more than 95%.

I think we should bump this one to the top pretty regularly, since it's that time of year. I wonder if a small amount placed in pet beds, would be a deterrent. They might spread it all over the house and get rid of the silverfish as well.

A little bit where chickens take a dust bath might work as well.
 
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2 parts peroxide to one part water will also kill them.
 
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I absolutely agree about he poultry - especially guinea fowl.  Guineas may be the most annoying birds on earth (except for peacocks..... the constant screaming of "help" drives me nuts!), but the first thing I do when I move onto a new property is to get some guineas started.  Chickens are great, but guineas are relentless when it comes to pest control.  I am just house sitting for a relative right now, so that isn't an option here - won't be long before the guineas are yelling at me for parking my truck 4 inches further left than usual agai,n though.
 
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Peacocks are very annoying. I have noticed that they always yell my name very loudly.

Whenever I go to Beacon Hill Park, I don't hear them yelling Helen or Charles. They yell, Daaale! Daaale! Daaale!, in an extremely shrill voice.☺
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