The weather has warmed, the plants are blooming, the sun is shining, and everyone is heading outdoors. While the weather is ideal for people and animals, it’s also great for insects. Ticks are flourishing right now, and that means it’s time to find some ways to protect our furry friends from these pests that can cause diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, babesiosis, and many more. Before you reach for the high grade chemicals at the store, look into some of these simpler and safer homemade natural repellants to keep the ticks at bay and keep your furry friend safe.
Rose Geranium Essential Oil
This essential oil is great for skin and smells fantastic, making it a great product to try if you are looking to keep the ticks at bay. Simply apply one drop between the shoulder blades and one drop at the base of the tail of your pet each day and enjoy fun in the sun without worrying about dangerous pests.
Essential Oil Spray
If you are looking for something to spray on your pets that has a lovely scent and still repels ticks, this spray is for you. Simply mix about 10 drops of rose geranium oil, 5 drops cedar wood oil, 3 drops lavender oil, and 3 drops lemongrass oil in a spray bottle along with around 1 cup of water. This spray is simple and safe to use on both pets and people, it smells fantastic, and often helps repel other bugs as well. Use it daily before heading outside and enjoy having a fun knowing your pets are protected.
Simple Tick Repellant
If you are looking for something to use that contains ingredients you probably already have on hand, this is the perfect recipe. Mix 1 cup of water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and 2 spoons of almond or vegetable oil. Ticks hate vinegar, as do most bugs, and the oil contains sulfur which also works to repel these pests. If you would like a nice scent, add a few drops of lemon, citrus, or peppermint oil which will help repel other bugs as well. Simply spritz your pets daily to keep them bug free.
Tickweed, better known as Pennyroyal, is an essential that works great for ticks click here. Simply mix about 20 drops of it with almond oil, which contains sulfur that naturally repels ticks, and place a few drops on your dog or directly on the collar. This will naturally repel ticks, but should be reapplied regularly.
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Tick Repellent Powder
While liquids are the most preferred method of repelling ticks, you can make your own powder in a convenient shaker. Combine powdered Rosemary, powdered rue, and powdered wormwood in a grinder then pour into a jar with a shaker top. Dust your pets coat with the mixture and work it into the coat with your fingers before you head outside into tick infested areas. Be sure to store your unused powder in a cool dark place so it stays good.
Ticks are not fond of citrus fruits so they make a wonderful natural repellent. Boil 2 cups of water and add any combination of two chopped citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges are ideal). Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute then simmer for 1 hour. Remove the fruit and strain the liquid into a spray bottle. This can be used on pets, humans, and sprayed on lawns to help repel ticks from properties.