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Keeping Lyme Ticks Away
Keeping Lyme Ticks Away
Lyme Disease Prevention
Ticks are attracted to carbon dioxide (CO2). If you want to find out if there are ticks in a building, get some dry ice, which gives off carbon dioxide, and surround it with very sticky tape. You will know within one day if the building has ticks. The stick tape will hold the ticks that the dry ice (carbon dioxide) has attracted.
By taking specific steps you can greatly reduce the likelihood of ticks inhabiting your lawn.
Ticks don’t like dry conditions because they are susceptible to dehydration (research from Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station). They thrive in areas of high moisture content. Avoid watering your lawn.
Mow weekly. Clear away brush and overgrowth surrounding your home and creating damp conditions underneath. Extend the area of open lawn surrounding your house so that it can receive more sunlight.
If you use a clothes line to dry your clothes, make sure they hang away from trees and brush in order to prevent tick from attaching to your laundry.
Fence off your land from deer (carriers of ticks) and rodents.
An alternative to DEET and recommended for topical use is Avon Skin-So-Soft, safe for children and pregnant women, made from natural, non-toxic materials. (The Lyme Disease Solution – Kenneth Singleton M.D.)
Eating raw garlic daily and 1 hour before you go out into nature many also repel ticks. (Garlic should be planted every fall (October or November). Use only organic, unsprayed garlic. For its medicinal properties alone (antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anticlotting) it’s an amazing medicine chest. Whether or not you will get its benefits depends on how you prepare it. Raw garlic contains the ingredients needed to make allicin. Allicin is created when two substances in garlic come together. One is a protein fragment called allin and the other is a heat sensitive-enzyme called alliinase. In a garlic clove these compounds are isolated in separate compartments. They do not combine until you slice them, dice them, press them, or chew them and rupture the barriers between them. Then the alchemy begins. However, if after breaking the clove you immediately heat it you destroy the heat sensitive enzyme that triggers the reaction. As a result, no allicin is created and you just have something delicious. So, follow the 10-15 minute rule, give the garlic a rest and then you can do whatever you want with it and receive all of its medicinal benefits. The Little Herb Encyclopedia – Third Edition – Jack Ritchason, N.D.)
Barbara Adrienne Rosen