Natural Tick Repellants

ecolassieTicks are troublesome outdoor pests, there’s no denying it.

As they feed off the blood of mammals, they carry and transfer bacteria and diseases such as Lyme disease.

images_014There 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.

???????Get out one of your recycled empty spray bottles and add 1 cup of water and by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar.

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). almond-oil1

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.

Dog-NoseSpray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

cute-cat-dogWhen pets are outdoors do their business  only, spraying the animal’s coat once per day should be sufficient.

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.

To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil. eucalyptus-leaf-bsp

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.

lemon-peel-bspAfter 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.

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I'm a retired RN, full-time writer who lives in a very rural area in coastal NC. I live here with Doc and our 7 yr old Spinone, Radar. We have 3 grown married sons. On a daily basis we see deer, tons of birds including blue birds and woodpeckers, shore birds and the occasional black bear, and love living on the Pungo River, perfect for a writer. My award-wininng mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN, is set in Oxford, UK, and is the first of a series featuring American Nora Tierney. Book 2, THE GREEN REMAINS, follows Nora's move to Cumbria. Book 3, THE SCARLET WENCH, has her getting mixed up in murder yet again!

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  1. For human use, a combination of citrus and peppermint, citrus and eucalyptus, or even all three makes a nice fragrance. The only down side to citrus oils in the blend is sun … citrus oils shouldn’t be used on skin right before exposure to direct sunlight as they can cause photosensitivity and burns in some people. Geranium can add a floral note and help repel some other pests too. Thanks for the awesome blog…EcoWomen is one of my favorites!

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