Using Lime to Kill Ticks

Ticks fall under the category of arachnids which is similar to spiders and scorpions. Ticks that bite and attach themselves to a host are known as nymph or adult ticks. The Ticks usually live in tall grasses or low branches, while if it resides in your house they like to hide in cracks and crevasses until they find the meals that they are looking for. Ticks can also hitch on animals like reptiles, amphibians, birds and most mammals like pigeons or rats.

It’s hard to imagine in today’s time where technology is at such an advanced speed, people still look for natural ways to cure or kill something. In this case, it refers to mostly insects are here just to ruin our lives and make us miserable trying to think of ways to fight them.

One such natural way to kill and get rid of the ticks at your place is to use lime. This is definitely something that most people won’t think of today, but it’s definitely something our ancestors would think of, some thousands years back. Lime is often used to kill many insects especially the ones that irritate us the most. It’s an easy way to use lime and some more, we can think of it as a quiet and harmful way to kill these types of insects. This is true as clearly there’s no chemical in lime; it’s the ultimate natural method. Below are some of the tips on how to use lime in order to kill ticks.

What you need:

  1. Agricultural lime
  2. Inspect any of the affected area



  1. Firstly, you need to purchase a bag of agricultural lime through your local farming supply stores or home improvement stores.
  2. Determine and inspect the area that has been infested with the parasites especially if it’s a place where flies, fleas or worms are present within the area.
  3. Then, sprinkle the lime on the suspected areas and leave the lime to remain on the areas for at least 24 hours before you start to sweep them up. Normally, you will notice dead flies or insects in the area.
  4. The next step is to repeat the same method of using lime every day especially if you are trying to kill some of the Ticks in or within your barn area where you have lots of livestock.
  5. Sometimes, you can also use hydrated lime in order to kill off ticks in your compound because it is also a general insect repellent which is strong enough in repelling insects, including beetles, aphids, squash bugs and fleas.
  6. Besides repelling insects, it also helps increased plant defoliation thus reducing yields in the hydrated lime treatment.

By now, you must have successfully killed or at least remove some of the ticks that are found in your home. If lime doesn’t work then you can use other methods as well, all of which are natural methods.

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Additional Reading:

Ticks and What You Can Do About Them

Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease