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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Tick Repellent Recipe

I saw this on facebook and thought I'd share.

From Go Live Wellness:
It's summer! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don't let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here's how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed 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).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray 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.

For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 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.

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 your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

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Thanks for posting this. I hate putting unnecessary chemicals on me or my dog.


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Good stuff, but be careful around cats. I read essential oils (esp eucalyptus) can be toxic and fatal to cats. Eucalyptus oil for cats? - Questions & Answers | VetInfo/QA

I have been using a mix of euk, lemongrass and water lightly misted on myself. Have had no ticks crawling - havent used it on pup yet though. Does not work for mosquitoes!

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I made the mix for my dogs since we have pulled off 3 ticks in the last 5 days. I have never ever had ticks on my dogs before, but they seem to be coming from everywhere!!!

Hoping the solution works for our next walk.

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Have you tried neem oil?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 12:12 PM
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Following up on this, how did this recipe work for you last year?
We go to the country every weekend and I am literally pulling 20+ ticks off her on Monday, then probably 10 more that I missed on Tuesday, a few more Wed... etc.

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