As they feed off the blood of mammals, they carry and transfer bacteria and diseases such as Lyme disease.
There are many retail products designed to repel ticks, and these do a good job, but are expensive, plus their odor is unappealing. For those of you who prefer a budget-friendly repellent and one that’s more organic, here’s a simple homemade solution.
Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).
And to make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent. Most pets will enjoy the scented mix.
You can adapt this for human use, too:
Make the same spray bottle mix of 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water.
Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine the skin and hair when returning home to make sure no ticks are on the body.