Besides the fact that ticks are gross to look at (especially those that are engorged with blood), they can also be the worst source diseases. The thing is, ticks are not insects but are of arachnid family (like spiders with eight feet). They move fast and they love blood (both your pet’s and yours). The last thing pet owners want is to find out that their dogs or cats have become the new host of a tick infestation. This is why, most pet owners try to find the best way to deal with these nuisance before they actually climb onto their dog’s fur.
Of course there are products out there that address the issue with just a drop of two, but unfortunately, these products contain harmful chemicals that do greater bad than good on our pets. If you are like most of these pet owners, you are probably looking for natural ways of repelling these vermin from clinging into your pet’s coat. Don’t worry, cause mother nature have provided us with lot’s and lot’s of natural herbs and occurring substances that ticks hate (a lot.)
Protecting your homes
Several herbs when crushed produce natural scent that ticks stay away from. If you have a pet and you fear that they may bring ticks into your homes, you can crush dried springs of rose geranium, lavender and peppermint. Once crushed, you can stuff these into an old sock and place it under your pets bed. You can also chop 2 lemons and pour one pint of hot water on them. Let the water cool and transfer the concoction into an empty bottle spray. You can spray this concoction onto your pet’s skin before allowing him to play outside of your home. You can also spray it on the entry way of your home, including window sill and doorway. This will definitely assist you in repelling ticks from entering your homes. These natural remedies are specially effective in homes near tick infested areas.
If you have a backyard and your pets and kids love playing outdoors, you don’t need to worry. You can always plant mint plants and shrubs where you pets frequent. Ticks hate mint plants and usually stay away from these. You can also plant Pennyroyal, this plant is also of the mint family, however take into consideration that this plant may induce abortion. If you have a female pet who you suspect is pregnant , don’t let it play near the plant. Even in humans Pennyroyal can induce abortion, so make sure to plant it only when no one is pregnant or suspected pregnant in your home.
Rosemary is another herb that ticks hate. It is virtually harmless to humans and animals so it’s safe to say that this plant is safe to use on your pets (dogs and cats), unless they are allergic. To fully utilize this herb, you will need to boil one pint of water with several rosemary leaves. Let the water cool for at least 20 minutes and strain off the leaves from the water. You can then transfer the rosemary water into a spray bottle. You can apply the solution directly into your pets skin before going out or walking your dog.
Garlic contains sulfur which tick hate. This is another natural repellant against ticks. There are many pet owners who include garlic into their pets diet. A word of caution though, in some cases garlic can cause anemia on your pets. Before feeding your pet or providing them with garlic supplement, talk to your veterinarian about it.
Aloe Vera when mixed with other natural essential oils can repel ticks and even fleas. To do this, combine 2 table spoon of vegetable oil in a bottle together with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Shake both ingredient vigorously until well mixed. Once perfectly mixed add 25 drops of lavender oil and another 25 drops of Rose geranium essential oil. These essential oils are available in most health stores. If you can’t find any, you can substitute the oils with steeped version of the said plants.
This list is not an exhaustive list of natural herbs that repel ticks, but if you know some other herbs that can do the same job, please share and leave us a comment below.