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Natural Tick Remedies for your Home, your pet and in your Yard

Updated on March 12, 2012


  • · There are approximately 800 species of ticks worldwide, with about 15 native to New Hampshire.
  • · Ticks must feed on the blood of an animal called the host in order molt or grow through the different stages of its life including reproduction.
  • · Ticks are born from eggs. This is the inactive stage. After hatching ticks will typically go through three active molting stages. The Larva, then Nymph, and then adulthood. Ticks must feed once for every active stage in its lifecycle.
  • · Ticks don’t fly or jump. Instead they climb to the tips of tall grass and tree branches. They wait patiently for a host to pass by. Then with outstretched front legs they grab onto the potential host.
  • · Ticks can spread diseases to people, pets and other animals. They can transmit germs that they carry in their saliva, and are passed to the host during feeding. They can carry such diseases as lyme disease, Rock Mountain Spotted Fever and Human Ehrlichosis.
  • · Treat each tick bite as the tick is infected. Not all will be, but it can’t hurt. Since you cannot tell if just looking at it infects a tick. Remove it as soon as possible. And save it in a jar or plastic bag. Remember ticks that are just crawling on you, cannot spread any diseases, they must bite you to transmit a disease
  • · Ticks are typically in woods or overgrown areas of your landscape. Typically covered with leaf litter and thick or tall grasses as this is where a potential hoist is most commonly found. They are also protected from the sun and wind.
  • · Ticks can also be found on mowed lawns or inside your home. This is most likely due to pets or other animals pass from one area to another and the ticks hitch a ride.

Keep vegetation away from the home and densely landscaped planting beds in the middle of the mowed lawn
Keep vegetation away from the home and densely landscaped planting beds in the middle of the mowed lawn


1. The best way to control ticks is to remove any tall grass, weeds, any leaf litter and undergrowth from around your home. This is the tick-free zone

2. Keep your lawn mowed to a height of around 3”. This is a good height for the lawn itself as well as lowering the humidity at ground level making it au uncomfortable climate for ticks. This grass height will also discourage rodents and other small animals from using the area due to lack of food and water or bedding material.

3. Cut back undergrowth several feet back in any wooded areas that are on or border open mowed grass spaces. Also rake back any leaf litter to the same distance.

4. Eliminate any dense planting beds that are close to your home.

5. Remove any woodpiles from near you home. Ticks lay eggs and winter in dry deadwood. Mice and chipmunks also frequent these areas.

6.Birdfeeders should be placed at the edge of your property as well. They attract tick carrying mice and chipmunks, which feed on the spilt food. Birds can also carry ticks many miles over migration or feeding territories.

7. Remove or reduce vegetation that attract tick-carrying hosts such as deer. This vegetation includes rhododendrons, azaleas and crabapples. Increase the plants such as blue spruce and Scotch pine or boxwoods as vegetation wildlife won’t eat.

8. Try to keep landscaping and vegetable gardens in the center of mowed grass areas. This will limit the amount of potential tick carrying animals frequenting these areas.

Natural Tick Repellant for People & Pets

Repellent for Pets

1. For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent). Mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent.

2. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day. When pets are outdoors generally to use the restroom only, spray the solution onto the animal's coat once per day.

Repellent for Humans

1. One simple homemade repellent can easily be made with a few inexpensive household ingredients. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution add 20 or so drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil. Eucalyptus oil is a calm and soothing scent that also works as a natural tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

2. After mixing the solution in your spray bottle, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks away. Remember to check the skin and hair when returning home to make sure no ticks are on the body

Read more: Homemade Tick Repellent Recipe |


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