While I'd rather not use chemicals, avoiding reinfection (again!!!) is my top priority. I live in the middle of the Ozarks, where we have to cut small trees down yearly in order to keep a yard at all, not to mention al the other 'greenery'. I can't move, so I have to do what I can to stay here. I use Bug-Be-Gone from Ortho. I prefer to use the granules, as I spread them out 2 times a year(3 if we are having a REAL problem with them, like the last 3 years), just before a rain. Once the granules have dissolved, it's safe for pets and kids. I was told by Ortho that the spray, while is faster at being "pet and kid" friendly (as soon as it's dried), it also 'washes' away faster, meaning I'd have to treat more often.
The ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and other biting insects have been so bad the last few years, that even with treating with chemicals, I still get 10 - 15 ticks attack every year - and many I pick up from businesses, not even my own yard!!!
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 set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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