ticks, ticks and more ticks
Have a little over 5 acres, approx. 2/3 wooded, rest is grass around the house kept mowed very short, hundreds of feet of concrete drive way and 50 x 100 ft. organic vege garden. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, moles, voles, snakes of various species, occasional bob cat, scorpions and various other creepy crawlies live here with us. Most of the time it all seems to balance out without chemical intervention. EXCEPT FOR TICKS. Ticks have become a huge problem. Have a house dog who is bathed at least once a week, keep drops on her and keep a tick collar on her. Keep tick repellent on ourselves as well as wear long sleeve shirt and hat when outside - in spite of all this, we find at least one tick on each of us every night. Our friends and family are afraid to visit us. Last week resorted to spreading "Eliminator Flea, Tick & Grub Killer granules" (made up of Permethrin) on all the grassy areas. Wasn't happy about doing it - am afraid it made quite a dent in our beneficial insects but was desperate. Am sad to say that there doesn't seem to be any reduction in the tick population. There have been two cases of Lyme disease reported in the area already this year. Investigated nematodes but not convinced that they would actually work in this situation plus the cost for this size of property is way outside the budget. Anyone have suggestions, other than moving?