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Now that I am back home I want to transform my property into a permaculture food forest. I've watched tons of documentaries, but how do I deal with ticks and such? Letting things grow wild and lushes could spell disaster for me. The only way of dealing with ticks I know of is keeping everything moved to the ground. But that's not really permaculture. So I would love to get some tips from other permies in Arkansas. How do you walk through your food forest without getting infested with ticks? We had such a mild winter. There are already ticks everywhere. I will get some guineas soon, but I feel like there's more I can and should do.
Guineas and chickens will help with the ticks. I don't really know what other predators will eat them. Probably ground beetles and spiders; maybe some species of ants. I think that in some regions you are going to have to deal with ticks at some level. Removing all of them may not be possible.