Homemade Tick Treatment and Repellent

How to Make a Homemade Tick Repellent

Being able to treat your pet for ticks naturally is important if you want to protect their health and that of the planet. These natural, homemade tick repellents and prevention techniques are things you can do at home simply and easily. These tips will make it possible to prevent and repel ticks naturally, without the use of harmful pesticides.

  • Tea tree oil treatment: Mix two ounces of the oil with water in a 2:1 ratio and pour into a spray bottle. Use to coat your pet’s fur and then massage into their skin. This is an astringent and will help to disinfect your pet’s skin while repelling ticks as well.
  • Neem oil massage: Apply a few drops to your hands and massage into your pet’s fur as a repellent for ticks.
  • Herbal tick collar: Make your own tick collar by taking an average collar and adding some drops of essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of almond oil (use dilute solutions when applying to cats as they can be very sensitive to essential oils). Some great tick-repelling options include rose geranium (the most effective), cinnamon, rosemary, wormwood, clove, peppermint, pennyroyal (don’t use this if your pets or humans in the home are pregnant), and cedar. 
  • Tick shampoo: Combine 6-10 drops of essential oil (see list above) with two ounces of organic, biodegradable, mild shampoo or soap. Use this to shampoo your pet (don’t forget hard-to-reach areas like their armpits, between toes, and under tails) and let the shampoo sit on their fur for five to ten minutes. Then rinse thoroughly to avoid skin irritation. Repeat daily until the problem leaves.
  • Herbal repellents: Mix equal parts of rosemary, wormwood, southernwood, tansy, pennyroyal (don’t use this if your pets or humans in the home are pregnant), eucalyptus, or lavender herbs (four from this list will do) and add boiling water to activate the oils. Alternatively, use essential oils of these herbs instead of dried versions. Steep and cool and then use as a wash on your pet’s fur. Allow to air dry and reapply every two to three days until the pest problem is gone.
  • Chrysanthemum rinse: Grind together dried pyrethrum flowers (chrysanthemum) with equal parts of some of the herbs above and apply the powder liberally to your pet’s fur, rubbing in so that it gets to the skin. Recommended for dogs but not cats.


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