Many of us already have had encounters with ticks from simply venturing outside. This proves you don’t have to walk deep into the woods to come in contact with ticks. But how can you stay safe?
The best defense against tick bites is a good offense. Always Be Tick AWARE any time you, your family, or pets go outdoors. Using the right tick repellent correctly is an important first step to prevent tick bites and tick-borne illness, like Lyme disease.
The many natural ingredients of Tea Tree Oil make it an excellent alternative to the synthetically produced agents for insects and ticks defense. With Tea tree oil you may reduce the risk of tick bite in a natural way. The strong smell of Tea tree oil does repel ticks and keeps mosquitoes away.
How To Use Tea Tree Oil – Sparingly rub a few drops of tea tree on the skin to repel ticks and other blood-sucking bugs. Also, apply below knee height on pants to provide an additional barrier against ticks.
Homemade Tick Repellent
– In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil.
Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay.
Best Plants That Repel Ticks
Growing pest-repelling plants is just one of many sustainable ways of repelling fleas and ticks from your backyard. Here are five plants to consider in your shortlist.
#Garlic (Allium sativum)
– Ticks do not like garlic – that’s why you won’t find any in a garlic field. They cannot tolerate garlic. The natural sulfurs in the garlic disturb them and they stay away from garlic plants.
#Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
– Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.
#Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
– Rosemary is not only just about the most effective natural tick repellents, just about all provides pleasant smell and color in your garden. As Rosemary can be an evergreen herb, it could give the protection of your pet from the pests throughout every season. It’s also possible to dry the leaves from the rosemary plant and sprinkle on them the grass of your yard for real protection.
#Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
– Wormwood has been traditionally used to repel insects including ticks, fleas and moths, for centuries. It grows to a height of about three feet and has gray-green foliage with yellow flowers in the summer. Also, wormwood oil is used in pet shampoos for tick and flea prevention.
– This type of chrysanthemum repels ticks, fleas, ants, Japanese beetles and many other insects. Pyrethrum plant contains a neurotoxin called Pyrethrin, that kills insects, yet is safe for animals. Therefore, many insects tend to avoid this plant.