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According to JohnsHopkinsMedicine.org, “There are over 300,000 estimated new cases of Lyme disease in the United States each year.”
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) known to be carried by deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) found on:
- The black-legged deer tick (northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and North-Central U.S.)
- The Western black-legged tick (Pacific coastal U.S.)
In a recent presentation for Grow-It-Yourself / GIY Members, entomologist Dr. Leslie Mertz reported that deer tick populations are rising. She said that ticks did not die off from the cold due to warmer winters in North America in recent years.
The following is a list of natural tick repellents we have found in our research:
Essentria G (Thyme & Clove)
Ecosmart – (a mix of geraniol, cinnamon, lemongrass, and wintergreen oils) Healthiline.com cites this study showing its effectiveness when sprayed on clothes.
3MomsOrganics – (a mix of cedar, geranium, peppermint, citronella, rosemary, and lemongrass). They are EPA-certified, and their product was born out of a story of having suffered through serious tick-borne diseases.
Mycopesticides (Using fungus to mummify the tick)
Farmers and researchers have recently used “mycopesticides” as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy. This involves using a strain of fungi that parasitize their insect hosts and kill them. These fungi are called entomopathogenic.
The following are two fungi known to be used to control undesirable insect populations in farms and gardens:
Metarhizium anisopliae 52
To learn more about natural pest control, check out our webinar on Encouraging Natural Allies in the Garden with Nancy Lawson.
Do you have a natural or organic tick repellent to share? Please add them in the comments below!