by Jordan Watkins Anne Beall’s backyard had a rat problem. Beall, a Chicago resident who owns a market research firm, said she had finally had enough when she saw a rat run across her husband’s foot. “We were going to solve this problem or we were going to move,” Beall said. That is when she... [Read More]
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Create a citrus based repellant. Ticks avoid all citrus plants, which makes citrus an effective weapon. To make a citrus based repellent: Boil 2 cups of water, and add two chopped lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit. Let it boil for a minute or so, then simmer for an hour. Strain the fruit out, let it cool, pour into the sprayer, and squirt it on you, your kids, your pets, your yard and anywhere ticks might be found in your yard.