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How would you like to learn about natural tick repellent for you and your pets? If you’re like me, you consider your pets part of your family.

Today, you’ll learn effective tick repellent solutions to combat ticks and prevent infectious diseases these parasites can cause you and your beloved pets!

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Natural Tick Repellent | Protect You and Your Pets From Ticks

All-Natural Tick Repellents for Humans

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It’s so important to keep ticks under control, and the best way to do that is to prevent them from latching on in the first place.

Many ticks are found in wooded areas, tall grass, shrubs, and even in your lawn. Ticks like to hide in places that have significant moisture and areas that are out of direct sunlight. Avoid these areas to help prevent being bitten by ticks.

Just in case you do end up with a tick on you, you should learn how to remove a tick safely. Using these natural tick repellents below will make you safer and protected.

Tick Repellent for Your Clothes

This insect repellent is applied to your clothes instead of your skin. It will stop fleas and ticks in their tracks before they even have a chance to latch on to you.

As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about any sticky residue on your skin. Check out the recipe below and learn how to make your own tick spray.

Recipe 1:

What You’ll Need:

  • Spray bottle (for mixing water with essential oil)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 drops of rose geranium oil
  • 5 drops of cedarwood oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of lemongrass oil

Instructions:

  • Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water.
  • Add the essential oils and shake well.
  • Shake well before each use and spray it on your clothes and shoes.

The scent caused by the active ingredients will keep ticks away and act as a natural insect repellent.

Recipe 2:

Here’s one more tick repellent you can apply to your clothes to keep those creepy crawlers off of you.

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 20 drops of rose geranium oil
  • 10 drops of sweetgrass oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of citronella or lemon oil
  • 4 oz of rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, vodka, apple cider vinegar, or distilled water

Instruction:

  • Add all of the ingredients into the spray bottle, shake well, and spray on clothes before going outdoors.

Tick Repellent for Your Clothes, Skin, and Hair

This all-natural tick repellent will work on any part of your body, clothes, or hair. The peppermint oil also gives it a great aroma.

What You’ll Need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 cups of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 20 drops of peppermint oil

Instructions:

  • Fill a spray bottle with all the ingredients and shake well.
  • Spray this mixture onto your clothes, hair, and skin before going outdoors.

If you are going to be outside most of the day, reapply every 4 hours.

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All-Natural Tick Repellents for Your Pets

Our pets give us companionship, comfort, and sometimes even help with certain tasks like hunting and herding that are essential for a survival or homestead lifestyle.

It’s so important to protect your pets from parasites, which at best will make them itchy and uncomfortable, and at worst infect them with harmful and sometimes deadly diseases.

Summer is the worst time of year for flea and tick infestations, and our pets seem to be the ones who are affected the most. Ticks love to burrow under their hair and attach to the skin in dark, damp areas such as the elbows and groin.

You should check your pets for ticks daily, especially after taking them for a walk, hike, or swim. These natural tick repellents below will also help protect them from an infestation.

Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs

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If you have outside dogs, it’s very important to keep them protected from fleas. But even if your pooch only goes outside for an hour or two a day, you’d be amazed how quickly ticks can latch on.

This natural tick repellent for dogs will keep Fido safe and tick-free.

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp of almond or vegetable oil

Instructions:

  • Add all of the ingredients into the spray bottle and shake well.
  • Spray the mixture on your pet’s dry coat. It is important to keep the repellent away from sensitive areas like the nose, eyes, genitals, and mouth.

When your pet is outdoors for extended periods, you should spray the solution about 2 to 3 times every day. On the other hand, if your pet is only outdoors for potty breaks, you should spray the solution just once every day.

Tip: If you want to make a repellent that can also repel fleas, add 1 tsp of citrus oil, lemon juice, or peppermint oil.

Natural Tick Repellent for Cats

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Most cats aren’t at as much of a risk for tick infestation due to spending most of their time inside. Still, it’s very important to protect them as well, since ticks can find their way inside from time to time.

Obviously, if you have an outdoor cat, it’s even more important. Here’s our recipe for natural tick repellent for cats.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of dried organic neem leaf
  • 1 tbsp of dried organic catnip
  • 1 tbsp of dried organic lavender
  • 1 tbsp of dried organic peppermint leaf
  • 1 tbsp organic pure aloe vera gel (optional, but helps with skin and hair health)
  • Mason jar
  • Distilled water

Instructions:

  • Combine apple cider vinegar and herbs in a mason jar and steep for 1 to 2 weeks, shaking daily to combine.
  • Strain with a cheesecloth or coffee filter before keeping it in a glass mason jar for use.
  • In an 8 oz. spray bottle, combine 1/2 cup herbal infused apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, and distilled water to fill.
  • Spray onto cat while grooming.
  • Allow to dry completely and do not rinse off.

Aside from these natural tick repellents, there are other things you can do to avoid tick bites. Here are some additional tips.

How to Avoid Tick Bites

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  • Wear pantyhose underpants (yes, even guys too!).
  • Don’t walk in high grassy areas.
  • Keep your grass cut.
  • Don’t sit on logs. If you sit on a log for only five minutes, you raise your chance of getting bitten by 30%.
  • Wear hats when walking in the woods.
  • Wear tight braids, ponytails, or buns.
  • Put on clothing that covers the skin and has elastic on the wrist and ankles.
  • Wear boots or shoes that can be tightened at the ankles.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Always walk in the center of trails when taking nature walks.
  • Shower within two hours of coming indoors. (I personally shower immediately after being outdoors. Showering immediately also helps to prevent chigger bites.)
  • Inspect your clothes and body, especially: under the arms, around the ears, inside the belly button, back of knees, and in your hair.

Watch this video by RealtreeOutdoors on how to make your own tick repellent:

Ticks can transfer bacteria and can cause diseases such as Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases. Protecting ourselves and our pets against these blood-sucking pests is a must.

These natural tick repellent solutions scare ticks away as well as serve as a bug and mosquito repellent.

Do you have any tips on how to avoid ticks? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.




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  1. trueairspeed

    June 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    One of the best ways I have found, for keeping away chiggers, fleas, and ticks, is “Flowers of Sulfur.”(i.e., powdered sulfur) I use this in two ways: 1) Placing my socks in a large plastic bag, and adding about 1 teaspoon of sulfur, and shaking vigorously, until the socks are thoroughly dusted; and 2) Make a small linen bag, fill it with powdered sulfur, and pat it around the areas where they might enter clothing.

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  7. Anonymous

    January 16, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Great, complete article. Very helpful.

  8. Donald Cockram

    January 16, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    I have also used garlic as a natural repellent to ticks and chiggers. I learned to use this when I was in the military and training in the woods, bushes and tall grass. It will also keep people away from you unfortunately.

  9. CoMo G-Dawg

    January 16, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    “4 oz of rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, vodka, apple cider vinegar, OR distilled water”

    Surely there’s SOME difference when using differing bases. It would help to know what they are or if I can really get the same effect with distilled water as I’d get with witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.

    • Amy

      January 17, 2018 at 7:48 AM

      The rubbing alcohol, witch hazel and vodka dry quickly, the ACV acts as a bit of a repellent (and it stinks!), and the distilled water stays damp longer. Using distilled water instead of tap water is to keep the nozzle of the spray bottle from getting clogged.
      That’s how I use those bases for stuff at home. I’m just guessing at the reason for those choices here.

      • Rico

        March 10, 2018 at 5:20 PM

        I absolutely agree with you “Amy says”. I live in the country, having between my father and I (he lives “next door”) over 25 acres. And about 3/4’s of it is either wooded or has very tall grassy areas. These are all great ideas that I will be trying this summer for all my animals. You can also buy from your local USDA office; a 99.99% garlic solution. You dilute it with water and spray it everywhere you want to rid the problem. I know I paid, two years ago, about $100 for a gallon. It is worth it!!! This is concentrated and I still have a bit left over from two years ago. We spray appropriately 12-15 acres. It smells like garlic bread for a couple days and the smell dissipates within a day or so. Depending on how wet the spring is for that season. The effects will last anywhere from 1-3 months. I usually only apply twice a year but have only applied it once during a very dry season we had. As a bonus, it will keep mosquitoes at bay. They hate the smell, even after you can no longer smell it. Spray it in standing water to help cut down on the breeding of them as well. I live in Southeast Michigan if that helps give you an idea of my climate for comparison to yours. Good luck to you all with your battle this summer. 8}

        • Edgar Toensing

          July 23, 2018 at 10:35 AM

          If you are allowed in your area, turning loose 12 chickens or so will cut down the number of tics in your acreage.

  10. Glenn Trombly

    January 16, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    its good to get someone else to check you out for them. there’s lots of places you can’t see

  11. Heidi

    January 17, 2018 at 4:52 AM

    Hi. We have loads of ticks where we live (Austria). It’s also important to check in private places (men!) Ticks like it it where it’s warm. I have found them there on my sons often to their embarssment. Also, to repeat what was mentioned, have someone else check where you can’t see. Thanks for the repellant tips.

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  13. Joe Stonecipher

    March 7, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Hi! I really like your tips and comments on living in the woods. I’m an old codger now, but when I was younger, I did a lot of hunting and hiking in the woods. That evening I’d take a shower with some of our dog’s flea and tick shampoo, then wash it off with regular soap. Never had a problem with ticks or even redbugs (that’s what we call chiggers in the South).

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