Natural Repellants: Ticks

Night camping in the mountains.

With summer in full swing, a lot of you are ready for camping, music festivals, and hiking.  With time outside you and your pet may be more susceptible to ticks. Ticks are ectoparasites, meaning that they will feed off their host externally.  Once you or your pet have a tick it must be removed mechanically using tweezers and keeping pressure as close to the head of the tick as possible to avoid leaving remnants of the head behind.  There are a lot of all inclusive flea medications that also repel ticks for pets, and sprays that can be bought for both adults and children.  Large amounts of outdoor time and use of these chemical repellants may lead to some concern for health issues.  Natural repellants are always another option and below is the recipe for a very effective one that uses essential oils.

In a squirt bottle combine:

1 cup water

2 cups distilled white vinegar

15-20 drops of essential oil……..
 Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
If you are mixing this for use with children reduce the amount of peppermint, the use of peppermint oil on children under 30 months of age should be completely avoided.

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