In my reading I found that the following essential oils were recommended as helpful as a tick repellent: lavender, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, rose geranium and cedar wood.
Or you could try Insect Shield which contains the Pure Essential Oils of: Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea, Tea Tree, Patchouli & Catnip.
Pretty basic, I filled my bottle with the fractionated coconut carrier oil & cedarwood. Because they have sensitive noses added enough drops of oil that I could just smell it. I always add a carrier oil to extend the oils efficacy. I got some inexpensive paint brushes to apply it to the napes of their necks and bums. I also apply it to the hems of my pants. Twice a day.
All I will attest to is that I was using it for weeks and then got out of the habit. When I was using it, they didn't get any ticks. When I stopped, they got a tick. Now we will use it until the first hard frost.
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