Summer is here and so are blood-sucking, disease-carrying ticks. There are several chemicals options on the market that are effective at getting rid of ticks, but if you don’t want to use chemical tick spray to get rid of these yard and garden pests, use some of these recipes to make your own natural insect repellent for a safe and effective natural pests control.
1: All Purpose Homemade Bug Spray
Heather, over at Mommypotamus, has two great recipes for homemade tick repellent. One is water-based and the other is lotion-based. Both are easy to make and safe for children. The water-based version won’t stain clothing and the lotion-based version is long-lasting and works well to protect skin.
2: Permethrin Tick Repellent
Permethrin is a compound that is derived from the favorite flower of fall; the chrysanthemum. This recipe found for natural tick repellent on Emaxhealth.com is easy to make, safe for use around children and is great to use when making a homemade tick collar for your pets. Just apply a few drops of this natural permethrin tick repellent to your pet’s collar and they will be protected from ticks bites for up to a month.
3: Natural Pest Control For Dogs
Most flea and tick products contain toxic chemicals that can harm your beloved pet by causing skin or respiratory problems. By using these ideas for homemade pesticides you will be able to keep your dog free of flea and ticks while allowing them to enjoy the great outdoors during the warm summer months without side effects from tick spray.
The hippyhomemaker website offers several useful and natural ways to keep your dog pest free year around. The website also offers valuable information of types of natural oils that should never be used on dogs.
4: Essential Oil Tick Repellent
This recipe from BStone over at BrightHub offers a way to smell good while protecting yourself from tick bites. Not only are tick bites painful, but many ticks carry Lyme disease which cause a bitten person to develop a bull’s eye rash and flu-like symptoms. If the Lyme disease is left untreated, the symptoms will worsen and can cause chronic health problems such as joint pain, heart problems, respiratory problems, neurological issues and problems with the digestive system.
This mixture of several essential oils is kept handy in a spray bottle and should be sprayed over clothing and on skin anytime you venture outdoors. The smell-good tick repellent is safe for children and pets.
5: Homemade Tick Repellent For Clothes
This natural tick repellent recipe comes from a Connecticut writer with a website called the Healthextremist.com Ticks in Connecticut were recently found to be carriers of the Powassan virus, which is said to be worse than Lyme disease (which ticks are carriers of also). protect your health with this easy to make recipe will effectively keep ticks off of clothing while you enjoy exercising, gardening or other outdoor activities so you will be protected against the disease-carrying bites of ticks.
6: Homemade Tick Repellent For Pets
Maryruth Belsey Priebe has provided a wealth of information for pet owners on her website, Ecolife. Maryruth tells about essential oils and how to apply them to your pets to keep them safe while they outdoors, how to make tick shampoo for your pets plus how to make an herbal tick collar.
If you have wondered how you can allow your pet to enjoy the outdoors while keeping them tick-free, this is one website you must visit. While Maryruth may not answer the question, ‘how to get rid of tick in the yard’, she certainly answers the question of how to keep pets tick-free while they are in the yard. Keeping ticks off your pets will also keep them out of your home, carpeting, clothing and your skin.
7: Essential Oil Insect Repellent Spray
We have primarily dealt with how to kill ticks so far, but we all know ticks are not the only summer time menace outdoors. Mosquitos can also ruin a summer BBQ or game of horseshoes in the backyard, plus mosquitos are carriers of several diseases that no one wants to contact.
Several recipe options are given so you can mix up your own personal batch of insect repellent spray that works for your skin and is pleasing to your sense of smell.