We've all heard the scary stories in the news about some of the tragic effects of chemical-based flea & tick preventatives on our dogs - seizures, physical instability, stroke, etc. Some dogs are more prone to these side effects, but unfortunately, most pet owners only find that out the hard way. So we wanted to share a natural flea & tick repellent that we've been using for years with much success!
DIY Flea & Tick Repellent Spray:
2 oz water
5 drops lemon grass oil
5 drops clove oil
5 drops orange oil
Mix together in a spray bottle & apply to your dogs & yourself to repel fleas, ticks and other insects. You can also multiply this recipe for bigger batches of the spray.
Flea & Tick Repellent Collar:
Soak your dog’s fabric collar in a small bowl of water mixed with:
2 drops lavender oil
2 drops cedar wood oil
2 drops thyme oil
2 drops tea tree oil
If you don't have all of these essential oils, you can also apply a few drops of straight cedar wood oil to your dog's collar and on your own sneakers before adventuring outdoors.
Make your own "tick tubes" to be placed around your home & yard. What you'll need:
Cardboard toilet paper roll
Lint from your dryer
Cedar wood oil
Apply several drops of cedar wood oil on the lint & allow to air dry. Place the lint inside the toilet paper rolls and distribute around your yard. Mice, rabbits & squirrels will gather the lint for their nests, and the cedar wood oil is toxic to ticks!
Build a Tick "Wall":
Create a tick barrier around your property by using this simple solution:
Sprinkle FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth (DE) around the perimeter of your yard. This white powder is completely harmless to humans and pets, but it's deadly to those pesky fleas & ticks! They crawl across the powder & it sticks to their body, which then dehydrates and kills them. Re-apply to your yard after a heavy rain. You can find 10 lb bags of DE on Amazon!
Another thing we like to avoid exposing our dogs to is the toxic ingredient list on most traditional weed killers. Some studies even show links between typical weed killer products and cancer in pets. So we have a DIY recipe that works great to kill weeds without all the toxic chemicals!
DIY Weed Killer:
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
2 cups Epsom salt
1 gallon distilled white vinegar
Place the ingredients into a sprayer & apply to any weeds (on sunny days with no rain in the immediate forecast)