Natural Tick Repellent
Ok, so the other day in the “middle of winter” mind you……I went for a run with my dogs on the local trails. Everything was cool as we were running along, until I look down and see two ticks walking on the back of Scout’s neck. I fortunately was able to brush them off, but when we got home I found more ticks on my hound dogs. So, even in winter we need to protect our best friends from them these days- no longer can we forget about the “cooler months” we need to use tick repellent throughout the year! And of course, this brings up the idea of chemicals added to so many of the repellents out there…….I do use Vet’s Best repellent on my dogs and all and that’s great- it works well, once I apply it to my dogs. But I wanted to share another homemade repellent. We may already have the ingredients at home already as well. It has two ingredients:
The first ingredient is the carrier oil- I used grapeseed oil, you can also use other oils
The second ingredient is Lavender which is a NATURAL repellent of ticks, and bonus it is a calming agent for you and your dog
Everything you Need:
This is all you need to make your own repellent to apply to your dog and yourself if needed
All you do is take a teaspoon of grapeseed oil and 5 drops of lavender oil and mix them together. As you can see I have a small bottle where I can put the mixture to spray weekly on my dogs, so I can make several mixes to put in the bottle at a time to use.
You do have to reapply weekly to your dog though.
If your dog and you are going into a densely wooded area I strongly urge you to reapply some to your dog prior to venturing into the woods, especially if there are deers in those woods.
Keep in mind the deer population is growing- I love the deers and love the growing population but hate the ticks! I want to breed opossums to eat those ticks before they get on the deers, dogs and foliage and all. As they opossum are safe from ticks and all.