Natural Ways to Keep Your Yard Tick-Free

A kid playing with a puppy in a yard

It’s important to keep your yard and family tick-free. Nobody wants to come in from a nice day in the yard to find that they, their pet, or their family has been bitten by a tick. And while many think harsh chemical pesticides are the answer- they can cause adverse reactions in both humans and animals. To ensure total safety, below are some natural ways to protect your yard (and your family!) from ticks.

Essential Oils

Many people use essential oils in their homes- but did you know that certain essential oils have been shown to deter pesky ticks? Some oils known for repelling ticks are:

  • Neem.
  • Cedar.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Peppermint.

As always, many essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil. Double-check instructions carefully. If you have an oil you want to use on or around your pet, double-check with your vet.

Natural and Pet-Safe Remedies

While essential oils work for some, others prefer a less fragrant option. Below are some natural and generally pet-safe remedies to keep your yard tick free:

  • Food-grade diatomaceous earth.
  • Natural tick spray that can be sprayed around your yard monthly.
  • Plants such as: Rosemary, mint, sage, lemongrass, marigolds, and lavender.

Note: Certain plants are magnets for ticks. Keep your yard free of:

  • Long grass.
  • Brush piles.
  • Overgrown plants.
  • Honeysuckle.
  • Barberry.

As always, consult your vet to ensure anything your pet can get into will be safe. For extra ease, if you have a landscaper, you can ask them if they offer all-natural and pet-safe tick sprays. Many do, and sometimes all it takes is keeping your furry friend indoors for an hour or so before letting them enjoy a tick-free yard!

When you want extra protection, we recommend Nature’s Shield FR PRO+ Insect Repellent from Home First LLC. The plant-based formula is safe, and it comes in four convenient versions: child, adult, pet, and FR Workplace Safe.  For those situations where a tick manages to sneak onto you or your furry friend, we recommend our Original Tick Key™! Our innovative device ensures complete removal in a few simple steps. We also suggest sending out the tick to be tested with the Cutter Lyme Disease Tick Testing Kit.

The Original Tick Key™ is sold in stores in the United States and Internationally! To find a retailer near you, visit our website or call us at 203-300-5078. For more information about any of the products mention, you can email us at