I realize that it's been a few weeks since the last post on this thread but, I wanted to add that there is something you can use for the ticks.
My horses are extremely sensitive to tick bites (not to mention the major health issue and yak factor), and I've been feeding them garlic powder (Bug Off) and no ticks! I know the ticks are out there, husband picks a few up every time he works in the back field, but none on the horses!
Talked with several other people in my state (different areas) and they are also feeding garlic powder (some using a different brand then me, still great results) and have experienced the same great results.
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".