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All Natural Flea And Tick Repellent

Updated on July 16, 2010

Keep Your Pets And Home Safe With Natural Alternatives

 

"All Natural Flea And Tick Repellent That Really Works"

Do you have pets? Do you worry about the fleas and ticks those pets may carry into your home? Would you like a totally natural solution, a totally green solution for flea and tick control? You've come to the right place, read on!

Recently I adopted a new baby, not a human baby, a canine baby. When flea and tick season came around I knew I needed to find a natural way to control fleas and ticks. As far as I am concerned, products like Frontline are too harsh for puppies, not matter what they say on the labels. And so the search started.

I was at the local health food store when the conversation turned to flea and tick control on pets and for the home. An older lady told me she swore to the effectiveness of pine tar soap. She told me to simply purchase a bar of pine tar soap, any brand, shave some off with a knife, place the shavings in a spray bottle, fill with water and you are ready to go.

I followed her advice to the letter. It worked! I bathed my pet in pine tar soap and then sprayed her once a day with the pine tar soap solution, and she has not had one flea or tick on her all season. It works better than Frontline, and it is less than 3.00 a bar which is more than enough for an entire season.

We also get ticks in our home, and this is a serious problem. Ticks carry Lyme's disease, which if left untreated can lead to serious neurological problems. With the pine tar soap solution I sprayed all around the foundation of the house, and then I sprayed the inside of the house, along the floor boards of each room, and also around doors and windows. I did this about once a week, and it has worked great! Even the sugar ants did not make their yearly appearance. Insects of all kinds simply hate the scent of pine tar soap. For the first time ever, my house is tick free. Even the spiders are gone.

Pine tar soap also works well for keeping ticks off humans. Simply use it in the shower, or spray the solution on before going outside, and you are protected against ticks for an entire day. It is especially good for children as commercial tick repellents contain dangerous chemicals.

The effectiveness of pine tar soap is like a small miracle, it simply works, and it works better than any other flea and tick repellent I have ever used, but it does not end there. Pine tar soap is very inexpensive, and it smells good, like pine trees, or a Christmas tree, and I will never be without it again. How wonderful it is to find such a natural

inexpensive and effective product.

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      Pal 

      20 months ago

      The only Pine tar soap I ever had smells like a wet camp fire.

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      magnoliazz 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hi Debbie

      I spray the entire body, especially when tick season is at its height.

      I shave about a forth of a cup and then funnel it into the spray bottles, if you put too much in it gets too thick and you cannot spray it properly.

      I would ask a vet about cats, I spray my cats and they are fine, but some breeds of cats are very touchy.

      Good Luck, I hate those damned ticks, I hope it works for you, just remember to spray everyday, and I still check the dogs over for ticks if they have been in the woods all day.

      Even with Frontline I have found a tick or two on my dogs!

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      Debbie R 

      6 years ago

      You say to give the dogs a squirt before they go outside. Is that literal or do you spray their whole body? Can the tar soap be used on cats? how much of the soap shavings do you use in a squirt bottle?

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      david dewing 

      7 years ago

      I recived a call from Bickmore pine tar co. They told me it can't be used for soap because of law suets. However it is used all the time for soap making but it can be used for pets. the same thing applies to horse health products "pine tar"

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      david dewing 

      7 years ago

      I used BB soap calc and got a soft bar or of soap using a Bickmore light pine tar. whatever a light pine tar is. formula

      olive oil (pomace) 15.0 oz

      light pine oil 5.0 oz

      0% lye 2.225 oz

      rain water 6.60

      Then I used Soapcalc. Still a goee mess in the mold wont set up

      formula:

      olive oil (pomace) 15 oz

      light pine tar 5 oz

      lye 2.113 oz

      rain water 7.6 oz

      I decited to use olive oil for a base because I didn't want to waste all my other oils for this try.

      ty dave

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      magnoliazz 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hi Dave! I get my pne tar soap at the health food store, and it smells like the Christmas trees growing on our farm. Just remember to spray your animals EVERYDAY! That's what makes it work. It just takes a second to do it. I have the squirt bottle right by the door now, and the dogs line up and get squirted before they go outside.

      Let me know how it works for you, and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment too, I appreciate it.

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      david dewing 

      7 years ago

      my first purchase of pine tar Farnam Corp. The first try we wont talk about. The second try turned out ok but smelled like "poop" no pine at all (wife agreed) . My third attemp will be made from a Bickmore product it is a "light pine tar" . Only 3 farm stores in this small town and 1 don't carry Pine tar. will keep you informed ty dave

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      MagicStarER 

      7 years ago from Western Kentucky

      Thanks so much for sharing this, I am going to try it! We have bad flea problems here in Kentucky, because of the heat, and it seems they have developed resistance to flea drops. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats. Can pine tar oil be used safely on cats, too?

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      FleaTreatment 

      8 years ago from California, USA

      Wow, I have not seen pine tar soap in ages. You can actually use any non-toxic shampoo to eliminate fleas from an animal. If you also treat the environment it works well. I just finished a book on the topic with a wide variety of information. It isn't just the HSUS, the EPA is investigating http://budurl.com/EPASpotOn the issue which is why I wrote the book. Glad to see others seeking safer options--glad you found a safer alternative.

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      magnoliazz 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      The Human Society of the United States are warning people not to use flea and tick treatments, because a lot of animals are dying from it! The link below tells you all about it!

      http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/what_you_should_...

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      fergie 

      9 years ago

      i just bought a bar of grandapa pine soap i hope it solves my problem with ticks......will let you know in a few days

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      magnoliazz 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Bard Of Ely- I found out that mineral oil is a good remedy for ear mites, it seems to smother them. Because most pets hate drops directly into the ear canal, it is suggested that the drops be placed just outside the canal and then gently massaged into the canal with your fingers.

      It is also suggested that if your pet is reinfected, that you steam clean your carpets and furniture! Oh BOY! That seems like a lot of work to me and how can you be sure you get them all? Although I hate chemicals, this is one time that i might just fumigate my house and leave for a few days until the toxic effects recede. I wish I had a better answer for you to get rid of the mites that the pets may have deposited in your home. I would try the mineral oil first and just wait and see what happens before you take more drastic measures.

      We don't have fleas or mites in Wisconsin, the cold kills them off. We do have ticks that can give you Lyme's disease, but I think I would prefer the ticks over the mites and fleas. Those ear mites sound like really nasty little buggers and they can drive a pet to madness, and the pet owner too!

      Good Luck!

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      magnoliazz 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Bard Of Ely- Off hand I don't know of anything natural for ear mites. However, I will do an online search and see what I can find. There is a good amount of info online about natural remedies. Some works, others may not, but I think it is worth a try.

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I do not trust anything on the market either! Just wondering if you know anything good for getting rid of earmites?

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      magnoliazz 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Lady Guinevere, You do have to spray your animals every other day with the solution, but to me that is a small price to pay, and the animals do not seem to mind it, they even wait by the door for their squirt of pine tar soap solution. You just have to be careful not to squirt them in the eyes! Another bad experience with Frontline....I had just applied it and took my dog to the vet for shots, a few days later a huge boil, abcess formed at the injection site, and it was because I applied the Frontline before the shot. My poor dog was miserable for many days, I just do not trust some of the stuff they have on the market today.

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      Debra Allen 

      10 years ago from West By God

      Cool, I used the Adams brand of Flea repellent--just like Frontline and well it doesn't last the whole month. My fear is wfen the animal licks it off their bodies. Yes, I have cats that will stretch their tongue that far around to lick the pestiside off. One of my cats got really sick for days after she did that and now I am looking for more natural products as well. I think I might try this one. Thanks for the information

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      Health Conscious 

      10 years ago from South Florida - USA

      Brilliant Idea, I have never heard of pine tar being use as an insecticide and I'm from the tar heel state.

      Thanks for sharing another inexpensive natural product. Pets everywhere will love you. :-)

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