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How to Repel Ticks Naturally

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For eco-friendly consumers, staving off ticks with chemical-based products is not an option. To fight off those relentless little buggers, continue reading to find out the safest and most effective natural way to prevent ticks and maintain natural

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Lil Judd (70)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 1:13 pm
Excellent I will use on the dogs this year. :)

- Believe it or not, garlic pills are said to work wonders as a natural deterrent for ticks. For some reason, ticks do not like the smell of garlic and scram once they catch a whiff. It is said to be so effective that many people chop up garlic pills and bury them in food for dogs and cats. Yet this remedy deters others because of the all-day smell of garlic on the breath. Try odorless garlic pills, which is said to still repel ticks while keeping the smell down to a minimum for you. Garlic pills can be picked up at your local pharmacy, health food store or supermarket.

- Neem oil is found mostly in India and used in Ayurvedic treatments for various ailments. Neem is a vegetable oil that comes from a type of evergreen tree that is found in India. People use it to treat acne, as an astringent for cuts and sores and even in cases of tuberculosis. It is also safe enough to be an ingredient in soaps, hand creams and other cosmetic products. Neem oil is also a common repellent for ticks. The most direct way to repel ticks is to apply a few droplets of neem oil directly onto your skin. You will notice it has a garlic scent as well. You can buy neem at a healthfood store or order online.

- Tea tree oil is also said to fight off ticks and other bugs. It is commonly used in the US as an astringent, and a powerful remedy for mild cases of acne. Tea tree oil can easily be bought at your local pharmacy or health food store. To make a home remedy tick repellent, simply mix about two ounces or so of tea tree oil with water. It is a very strong agent, so make sure that the amount of water exceeds the oil, but not by a lot. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on yourself and your family. Once you've done this a few times, you will be able to estimate the best mixture of tea tree oil to water, especially in regard to the strong smell.

CollieGirl cg (26)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 1:40 pm
Good suggestions for people.
I do use natural methods for my pets, but I do strongly warn in this case.
Do not give your pets garlic or tea tree oil.
I have not heard of Neem oil before, so I wouldn't use it on my pets either, being mentioned along with garlic and tea tree oil.

Jenn Siggens (1)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 7:28 pm
Wrong time of year for ticks here, but thanks for the info!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 8:18 pm
Recently, my daughter, friends, and I went hiking into the woods on a short trail and came out with unwanted guests - baby ticks were crawling all over our shirts, socks and into our shoes. After a search that kept turning them up in the folds and seams of the shoes, we wound up having to keep the shoes and socks off entirely on the way home and soak them overnight. I had not been so aggravated with an outdoor experience in a LONG time - it was definitely more than we bargained for.

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Marjorie Ann O. (0)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 10:03 pm
We live in tick country--have found ticks in our house! My first Golden Retriever chewed eucalyptus nuts fallen from trees along our street.--and never hosted either a tick or a flea! but that's a hard remedy to provide! A later Golden collected 23 ticks on 1 hike up a nearby mountain; now in tick season I use Frontline tick & flea repellent (squirt onto skin between dog's shoulder blades, where he CAN'T reach or lick) and he hasn't had a tick for years! Our cat seems to get rid of ticks by himself--grooms regularly! For an embedded tick, I use a thin 1" square of metal with a narrow slot cut in it; slide the slot between tick & skin, and slowly,gently lever the tick up and out; IMPORTANT NOT to squeeze the tick!--you don't want the guts under your skin!! (we wear light colors when hiking--easier to see the invaders--and pants tucked into socks, and examine each other occasionally!) California ticks rarely carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Fever--but could carry other infections--nasty critters, anyway!

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 11:15 pm
My animals have been weaned on garlic. It also will kill worms and helps, along with ceder bedding, to keep mosquitoes away. catnip attached to a collar will also help.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 10:13 am
Good things to know TY Alexander

Winefred M (88)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 1:52 pm
Garlic is good for several things.CollieGirl could you explain what you mean with warning against garlic,do you mean odorless or the natural garlic,is it not good for the intestine?

Barbara W (342)
Thursday January 7, 2010, 7:45 pm
Maybe this will help.. Barbara

According to Gregory Tilford, (author of All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets), dogs can quite safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3 to 4 times a week.

Dr. Martin Goldstein (author of The Nature of Animal Healing) recommends adding garlic to home-made pet food and he himself feeds garlic to his own cats and dogs on a regular basis.

Dr. Pitcairn (author of The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats) recommends the following amount of fresh garlic for dogs, according to their size:

10 to 15 pounds - half a clove
20 to 40 pounds - 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds - 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds - 2 and a half cloves
100 pounds and over - 3 cloves

Dr. Messonnier (author of The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs) recommends one clove of fresh garlic per 10 to 30 pounds of weight a day to boost the immune system and cancer prevention.

As with most herbs, at least one to two days off per week or a periodic week off from garlic is a good idea.

Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. While best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used for centuries as an insect repellent. Springtime’s air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use this product with total confidence.


Janne Gee (0)
Thursday May 12, 2011, 1:10 pm
I'm really confused concerning using garlic for flea prevention in your dog. Some people swear by it and others swear not to use it. We have a really bad infestation on our poor Border Collie. It's so bad that she is pulling out her fur when she is scratching. I have used everything that I can think of. The garlic I haven't heard of. The only thing our vet has suggested is to use Front Line Plus (which we have) but it doesn't seem to touch the problem at all. Any suggestions would be really helpful.

Sheila P. (0)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 10:05 am
n from a member of Sheltie Nation, Momo’s Mom.

TeaTree“Maybe you all know this already, but I just learned it the hard way: TEA TREE OIL IS POISONOUS TO DOGS AND CATS. My dog Momo is okay now, but I STUPIDLY put some tea tree oil on his paws and a few hours later, he could not stand up.”

“We rushed to the vet ER and he required IV flushing, activated charcoal, discussion with Poison Control, overnight monitoring, and an extreme bath. It is SOMETIMES it is used in very diluted amounts in dog shampoo and as a flea or tick repellent; but, I would urge you to research it before using it IN ANY AMOUNT. (That is what I should have done!) It is just as dangerous when it is absorbed through the skin as when it is ingested orally and causes NEUROLOGICAL REACTIONS and can cause LIVER DAMAGE.
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