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5 Homemade Tick Repellent Recipes

5 Homemade Tick Repellent Recipes

Homemade Tick Repellent
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Ticks are a pain when ever i take my dog for a walk i am forever checking us both. Ticks feed off the blood of mammals and carry with them a host of bacteria and disease such as Lyme disease which they can transfer to humans and animals .

Lots of products are available on the market but a simple homemade solution is an easy item to keep with you in the garden or to spray on before you go out.  A simple homemade solution can help you repel ticks and save your hard earned money.

As tick season approaches, the quest for effective protection against these tiny yet troublesome creatures intensifies. While chemical-based solutions abound, opting for homemade tick repellents offers a natural and safer alternative. Here, we present two recipes each for humans, pets, and even your lawn, ensuring comprehensive protection against ticks.

 

 

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Recipes for People:

Recipe 1: Herbal Tick Repellent Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ½ cup witch hazel
  • 20 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 20 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine distilled water and witch hazel in a spray bottle.
  2. Add geranium, cedarwood, and lavender essential oils.
  3. Secure the lid and shake well to blend.
  4. Apply to exposed skin and clothing before outdoor activities.
  5. Reapply every few hours for continuous protection.

Recipe 2: Vinegar-Based Tick Repellent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add citronella, eucalyptus, and rose geranium essential oils.
  3. Shake well to combine.
  4. Spray onto skin and clothing before heading outdoors.
  5. Reapply as needed, especially after sweating or swimming.
Lime to Kill Ticks
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Recipes for Pets:

Recipe 1: Aromatic Tick Repellent Collar

Ingredients:

  • 1 bandana or fabric collar
  • 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Lay the bandana or fabric collar flat.
  2. Mix cedarwood, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils.
  3. Apply the oil mixture evenly onto the fabric.
  4. Allow it to dry completely before placing it around your pet’s neck.
  5. Replace the collar every two weeks or as needed for continuous protection.

Recipe 2: Natural Tick Repellent Spray for Fur

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine apple cider vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add peppermint and tea tree essential oils.
  3. Shake well to mix.
  4. Lightly spray onto your pet’s fur, avoiding eyes and sensitive areas.
  5. Reapply before outdoor adventures, especially in tick-prone areas.

Recipe for Your Lawn:

Recipe: Tick-Repelling Yard Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 20 drops of cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix distilled water and white vinegar in a large spray bottle.
  2. Add cedarwood, geranium, and lemon eucalyptus essential oils.
  3. Shake well to ensure thorough blending.
  4. Spray the solution generously around the perimeter of your lawn, focusing on shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.
  5. Reapply every few weeks, or after heavy rainfall, to maintain effectiveness.

With these homemade tick repellent recipes, you can safeguard yourself, your beloved pets, and your outdoor spaces from the perils of tick bites, all while embracing a natural and eco-friendly approach to pest control.

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