Tick Management Action Plan

tick management plan

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Tick Management Action Plan

The natural pest repellents Tick Management Action Plan is the result of hours spent reading and testing various products and methods to repel ticks. While researching natural tick repellents and reading dozens of studies on pest repellents and strategies I started to combine these into an actionable plan.

The plan below consists of three parts:

  1. Tickscaping
  2. Natural Repellents
  3. Detection and Prevention

To realize the full impact of this plan each part needs to be implemented as none of the steps can stand alone. Ticks are endemic to the United States and need to be fought with every tool available. I also encourage you to review the cited references as the articles provide additional context and insight on ticks.

A printable version of the Tick Management Action Plan can be downloaded from the link below.

Tick Management Action Plan printable version

Our Tick Management Action Plan is designed for educational purposes. Please consult medical, veterinary, lawn, garden, or the appropriate expert prior to implementing these ideas.

Step 1 - Tickscaping


  • Create a mulch or stone border between your lawn and wild areas
  • Increase sunlight on the lawn
  • Keep grass short and well manicured
  • Clear leaves, wood piles, and lawn debris


  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 60%
  • Vacuum at least weekly
  • Wash pet bedding at least weekly
  • Keep the floor clutter free

Step 2 - Repellents

Most Repellents such as essential oils are composed of highly concentrated ingredients. These products are usually intended to be diluted prior to use. Please exercise care and consult your doctor or vet prior to use.

Spray for Personal Clothes

Step 3 - Detection and Prevention

Personal Detection

  • Back of knees
  • Groin
  • Belly Button
  • Arm pits
  • Neck
  • Ears
  • Hair

Dog Detection

  • Head and ears
  • Start at their chest and examine down to the base of their tail
  • Feet especially between the toes


  • Avoid dense woods and high grass
  • Stay on the center of trails
  • Wear light colored cloths


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