Author: Gary Huber

It’s summer and repelling pests (no, not your in-laws) becomes important as you head out to
enjoy nature or simply the back yard. Increasingly important is how do we avoid ticks in a
community overrun by deer? Deer ticks carry Lyme disease which can be a life altering
experience. I treat a lot of Lyme patients and so my personal sensitivity to avoiding ticks is very
high.


The classic bug repellent has always been DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide. Its labeled by the
FDA as “generally safe if PROPERLY used” but this does not inspire my confidence. DEET is listed
as a neurotoxin and many of us would prefer a more natural option. Well, say hello to a better
alternative, “Ticks-N-All” tick and insect repellant. This is an all-natural product that contains 11
different active ingredients mixed in a blend of coconut oil and citrus extract. One spray
application will last roughly 4 hours and repel not only ticks but all sorts of biting insects. It is
extremely safe for kids and even pets. I consider this a summer essential as I live near (actually
IN) the woods and love hiking and everything outdoors.


To further increase the safety of my yard and environment I have placed “tick tubes” around
the perimeter of my woods near the house. “Tick Tubes” are simply toilet paper rolls stuffed
with cotton or lint that have been soaked in Permethrin, an insecticide that kills ticks. Ticks
breed inside of the nests of mice. Mice find the permethrin soaked fibers and carry them back
to their nest. Permethrin is not harmful to mice nor mammals including you but is deadly to
ticks. This process can reduce the number of ticks in your yard by 90%. See my video on “How
to make Tick Tubes”.


In Ohio the time of year to place these tubes is during mouse breeding season which is April
and July. Those mice are busy making party plans right now so get your tubes in place. Enjoy
your summer, protect yourself with Ticks-N-All as you take in the great outdoors.