Easy and Homemade Natural Tick Repellent Recipes to Fight Ticks and Lyme Disease
The warmer than usual winter and early spring have meant a surge of activity among people, plant, and animals, and those pesty critters called ticks, which can carry the threat of Lyme disease. If you want an alternative to chemicals to repel these pests, this may be the year you try natural tick repellents.
Some tick repellents are hazardous
If you live near or in wooded, grassy, or other natural areas or you spend your vacation in such places, one of your rituals during spring and summer months should include checking for ticks on yourself, your family, and your pets. Ticks can carry a number of diseases, perhaps most notably Lyme disease (the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern hemisphere), as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and Colorado tick fever, among others.
A number of chemical tick repellents are on the market, including DEET and permethrin. DEET is applied directly to the skin and has been associated with neurological damage in humans, including slurred speech, confusion, and seizures.
Permethrin is an insecticide derived from a chemical in chrysanthemums, and it is sprayed on clothing because it is deactivated when it interacts with oils on the skin. It can irritate the eyes if not used correctly.
Natural tick repellents are easy to make
Here are a few natural tick repellents you can make at home for yourself and for your pets. You should get a spray bottle (one that holds at least 16 oz) for some of these combinations.