Lyme disease sucks. I know -- I've had it four times. I got so fed up with constantly getting it (I had five rescue dogs at the time) that I did some research into how to best treat myself and my property to kill as many ticks as possible.

For about two seconds I considered Guinea Hens; they love to eat ticks, but my dogs would have loved to eat them. Then, I spoke to a Trapper John who's is an expert in holistic ways to treat pest problems and he gave me the answer... peppermint. Yes, peppermint.

First, I bought some peppermint spray and sprayed the lawn. You can buy it online and dilute it as needed. Then, I bought the Bayer tick collar which is pricey, but it works. That whole spring and summer no ticks on my dogs and no ticks on me!