I never seem to feel very good when I need to be making those tick tubes and putting them out, so I have yet to do them, but still plan to - one day!
I haven't been convinced that the natural stuff actually works well enough to combat the amount of tick/bugs here, so I haven't tried but a few of them, and haven't been very impressed so far. Maybe in an area that doesn't have so many different types of biting bugs, or at least a lower level of them, the natural ones may be effective enough.
I use chemicals on my yard. I do worry about
the run off when it rains, so we do plan carefully and watch for when the rain may come in heavy enough to help the chemicals get into the yard, but not so heavy as to create a lot of runoff. Sometimes we can make it work, and sometimes we can't though. My health is too important to put everything in front of it though, so I still insist on using the chemicals - hubby leaves it up to me what I want to use and when.
During heavy tick years, we treat the yard 3 times - early spring, late spring/early summer. and mid summer to control a ton of them.
The most I do organically is use powdered sulfur (but boy do I stink!!) on my skin, or pennyroyal oil around my ears and face/neck. It works, but you must reapply it frequently, especially if you are sweating. That's why I just resort to the clothes treated with permethrin - I don't have to be concerned at all with how much I sweat!
These are all such highly personal choices!!! It depends on where you live, how bad are the bugs/ticks, what you may react negatively to, and other things! Try to follow your conscience, and to find what will work best for your own situation.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)