Saturday, October 24, 2015

Nobody Likes Ticks

Part of our morning routine is getting the dogs really for hanging out in the yard. One of my concerns when we moved to the farm was ticks. Obviously nobody likes ticks, so I did some research.
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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1 comment:

  1. We use lemongrass & eucalyptus in a small spray bottle. I LOVE your idea of the paintbrush for yours 4 legged friends-thanks for sharing!