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Today we went to the park and went for walk on the trail. The trails were very wide and I am showing a picture of the most narrowest part of the trail. We had to cut our hike short because of all the ticks my husband (5 ticks) and my daughter (11 ticks) my son (7 ticks), Topper our chi (1 tick) and Max (1 tick)were pulling off themselves Thankfully no ticks got a chance to attatch themselves!!!!!They were lonestar ticks and deer ticks We did not deviate from the trail at all and been on trails before and never seen anything like this. Max and Topper had advantix on. I did not have one tick on me. I started to think that maybe I had some unknown illness and that is why the ticks stayed away. Then I thought about how I always put a little bit of coconut oil on my face and at the ends of my hair as a moisturizer everyday. It seems to be a cure all for everything. I looked up coconut oil and some people do use it as a repellant and works for dogs to. They put it on by using a spray bottle with some water and coconut oil on the dogs a small amount otherwise coat gets to oily. After not finding one tick on me I truly believe that the coconut oil is a tick repellant although I will heed with caution. Has anybody used coconut oil as a tick repellant? Has it worked for you?


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Never tried it but I would love to join this experiment I love coconut oil for everything too! I can't wait to see if anyone has tried it for this. I know lavender is supposed to be a good repellent too so for a double whammy you could try mixing that in too for even more heavenly scents!

Ps ew gross I can't believe that happened!! That trail is not somewhere I would have thought they would be!
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Sounds very interesting...do you think it would work on mosquitoes and horse flies also? When you say you water it down, how much coconut oil would you add to 1 cup water? Thanks, Deb

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I use coconut oil for everything LOL but have never tried it for ticks / mosquitoes ... it MIGHT be just you because I have gotten ticks on myself, and I am slathered in coconut oil when I go out in the woods.

I use Apple Cider Vinegar / garlic and a natural product called NIX on ticks ... I googled it but can't find it ... I think it's a local product to Ottawa ... I put three drops on her neck, the middle of her back and her butt and life is good. I repeat it every 2 weeks.

If it works for you ... AWESOME ...

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Tried that once, I applied 2-3 tablespoons on my dog before hiking. On the road I pulled 2-3 ticks, and 2 when we got home... so for me it didn't work
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[QUOTE=Debanneball;6901745]Sounds very interesting...do you think it would work on mosquitoes and horse flies also? When you say you water it down, how much coconut oil would you add to 1 cup water? Thanks, Deb[/QUOTE
Hi. I have just have been using very little probably nickel size straight up as a moisturizer. That about seemed to do the trick but after finding this out and if was going on a trail I may want to put more on everywhere. After reading more about coconut oil I know you can put it in a spray bottle the water would have to be warm to dissolve the coconut oil since its like has a fat like consistency. Not sure how much maybe a 1-2 coffee scoops. Then shaken real well to mix it. This would be easier to apply to dogs and horses. I have had no ticks on me at all this season and outdoors a lot. I'm not sure about mosquitoes although I have been bitten but maybe I need to use more in spray form. This will be our summer experiment!!!!!
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I will be doing much coconut oil testing!!! We live in heavily wooded area so it's very important we do daily tick checks on everyone since the ticks seem to be on a rampage this year. I really appreciate everyones feed back!!!!!!!
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Never tried it but I would love to join this experiment I love coconut oil for everything too! I can't wait to see if anyone has tried it for this. I know lavender is supposed to be a good repellent too so for a double whammy you could try mixing that in too for even more heavenly scents!

Ps ew gross I can't believe that happened!! That trail is not somewhere I would have thought they would be!
Yes it's a shame we wanted to keep going it was a beautiful day!!!!The lavender is a great idea. Just becareful some responses have had no positive results in regards to repelling ticks.
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Never tried it but I would love to join this experiment I love coconut oil for everything too! I can't wait to see if anyone has tried it for this. I know lavender is supposed to be a good repellent too so for a double whammy you could try mixing that in too for even more heavenly scents!

Ps ew gross I can't believe that happened!! That trail is not somewhere I would have thought they would be!
Yes it's a shame we wanted to keep going it was a beautiful day!!!!The lavender is a great idea. Just becareful some responses have had no positive results in regards to repelling ticks.
Ugh those darn ticks are so annoying! Thanks for the heads up, I always do tick checks on wick regardless. I seriously can't believe we have only found one this year, we have been all over in the woods here in PA. I hope you can enjoy the outdoors again! Good luck!
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Thanks. We its just scary ticks checks are just becoming a natural part of our daily routine. I hope their is something to this coconut oil. I saw you thread about flies. I really like k9 advantix 2 and they are always improving something that is already great.
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