How to Use Lime to Kill Ticks

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Things You'll Need

  • Protective gloves

  • Hat

  • Tick repellent

  • Lawn mower

  • Garden shears

  • Garden rake

  • Trash bags

  • Powdered lime

Ticks are small parasites commonly found on pets or people who have spent time in wooded areas. Some species of tick are as small as a freckle, making them difficult to spot on skin. If you find that ticks are in your area, you can dust your yard with a lime treatment to kill them. When combined with other methods of environment alteration, lime application can control a tick problem in your yard.

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Step 1

Put on protective gloves and a hat to protect yourself from ticks while working in the yard. Wear long pants tucked into socks and a long-sleeved shirt, if the weather permits it. Spray yourself with a tick repellent before you go outside.

Step 2

Mow your grass to a height of 2 to 3 inches, especially in shaded areas. Ticks suck moisture from the air and short grass exposes them to heat and sunlight, which will help kill them.

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Step 3

Use garden shears to trim any overgrown shrubs or bushes. Rake up leaf litter, grass clippings and any shrub clippings and dispose of them in garbage bags.

Step 4

Dust the entire yard, including any flowerbeds and shrubs, with the powdered lime. The dusting should look like a very light snow. Use the garden rake to work the lime into the grass. Pay special attention to shaded areas.

Step 5

Keep children and pets out of the yard.


Guinea hens are a natural predator of ticks, so keep a few in your yard if your community permits it.