It can be tricky to keep ticks off of your body and away from your precious pets. Once the tick has attached itself to you, it feeds off blood like a parasite. If that wasn't bad enough, the ticks can carry diseases which can infect you and your pets. You can apply tick repellent to your animals, but there are no special collars or drops designed for humans – and even for your animals, those items can get expensive after awhile. This is a list of cheap and natural tick repellent that you can use:
Essential Oils Blend
The first recipe for natural tick repellent calls for a blend of essential oils. You will need:
6 drops peppermint oil
1 tablespoon almond old
6 drops tea tree oil
9 drops citronella oil
Mix all the oils together and apply to any exposed skin before you go outside. It not only works; it will make you smell amazing. You can find essential oils at most retailers or through special companies catering to essential oils.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of those things that almost everyone has on hand. It's because it's cheap and useful for so many different things – including tick repellent. For this repellent you will need:
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Neem oil
2 cups of water
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to make sure all the ingredients are evenly divided among the container and blended together. Spray the contents on yourself, furniture, and anything else you want to keep ticks off.
Another remedy that uses essential oils. This one focuses on oils suited for aromatherapy: peppermint, lavender, lemon, orange, or rose. Any of these oils can be mixed together in a spray bottle with water and made into a do-it-yourself tick repellent.
Dish soap doesn't work as a repellent, but it does do wonders for removing ticks that have already latched on to the skin. Simply put a small dab of any type of dish detergent on the tick and it will come off.
The remedies listed here are not a fail safe against all ticks or for ticks that are already on you. If you and your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, perform a head to toe tick check every night. It's better to be safe than sorry. You wouldn't want your poor pet to suffer from Lyme's disease.
Contact a tick control service for more information and assistance.