Gardening for 5 min. and tick found crawling on my arm

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dorit
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   Posted 4/8/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I was in the garden to cut the thimbleberry bushes and a tick was crawling on my arm after only five minutes. Thanks to heaven the thing did not bite me and I found it at once; and stupid as I am, I did not wear a pullover.

What are you all doing for protection? Gardening in a kind of whole body protection suit? (I will!!) Is there anything which is not a poison attack on ourselves at the end to keep them away?? I googled the whole evening to check if ticks do not like certain plants - negative! Neem is not really strong enough I read; one suggestion was a mixture of rosemary oil and eucalyptus oil in relation 1:1 which they do not like. It could be sprayed everywhere. Please let me know if you know of anything natural to keep them away in the garden. I highly appreciate any input!!
Greetings from dorit in a desperate mood.

Deejavu
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   Posted 4/8/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dorit,
 
I'm an avid gardener as well as have found ticks on myself but never became reinfected.  I actually had a tick attach itself inside my belly button a couple of summer's ago and nothing happened.  I am bad, I don't use any protection.  And I'm not going to cover myself up with clothes when it's really hot out.
 
Call me stupid, but I really believe the best defense is a really strong immune system.   Of course it doesn't hurt to use Neem or other products, I heard Avon's Skin so Soft is good (I use that for mosquito's and flies when I go to the beach).    I know  you live in Europe, do you have access to Avon products?
 
Wish I could be of more help,
Denise
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Razzle
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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Deejavu,

I agree with you that a strong immune system is your best defense. In Stephen Harod Buhner's book, he tells us about some herbs that can be taken to boost the immune system during times when we are more likely to be outside and thus exposed to ticks/Lyme. Astragalus is one of the herbs, would have to re-read the last chapter again for the others.

Take care,
-Razzle
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saxmar
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   Posted 4/10/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a vegetable garden. When my Lyme issues were bad gardening helped me keep my sanity.

I have pulled deer ticks twice off of my dog twice. I am much more diligent about Frontline for the dog.

I am thinking about using Frontline on myself. (just kidding)

I will continue to wear shorts and tee shirt when outdoors. I won't be a prisoner of Derr ticks and Lyme.

The best way to get rid of ticks is to have chickens loose in your yard. No kidding. However my neighbors and laws prevent me from doing that.

saxmar

dorit
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   Posted 4/10/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for encouragement not to surrender to tick - fear !!! It helps me so much!!

I would love to have chickens too, but I am not constantly at home and would have to keep the fox away who always comes and checks the compost for tidbits. Last summer, the little ones often took a sunbath in the grass.
I was gardening today - did the rest of work after I fled the other day and did not catch one and I will take this as a good omen.
If I were not in this chemical sensitivity stress, I probabely would join Frontline community too.....LOL

Deejavu - thanks for the Avon info; we can get it here. I used Indian patchouli oil with big success against horseflies last year; one drop put into a 250ml bottle of oil was enough to work and it can hardly be smelled by others (not everybody likes the smell..); took it after showering and it worked for about 10 hours; What a pitty that in every region of the world those insects have different dislikes to smells.

Sunny greetings to all, dorit

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 4/10/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
If you live in a subdivision or in the city, zoning prohibits chickens and most livestock.

SO, plant the American Beautyberry. Saw on another forum that ticks can't stand it. It's a lovely plant.

saxmar
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   Posted 4/11/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I will look into the American Beautyberry.

saxmar

dorit
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I will took into the American Beautyberry too; thanks for this info, HopingToFindCure!! I already googled pictures and liked what I saw. Now I will check if I can get some and if the Beautyberry would survive the winters here. Greetings, dorit
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