7 Natural Remedies to Fight Ticks
With climate change, ticks are becoming more and more widespread. if you live in an area where ticks are present, it's important to know how to best protect your pet. While your veterinarian can offer several proven tick preventives, many pet parents prefer more natural remedies to fight ticks, and there are many easy, inexpensive and efficient steps you can take at home.
Check out our list of natural tick repellents and preventions as your first line of defense.
7 Steps to Guard Against Ticks
1. Comb out fur and inspect daily. Ticks clinging to a cat or dog's coat are easily removed with careful brushing. After the daily comb-out, check your furbaby carefully for ticks that may have burrowed into the skin.
2. Water: Water is an easy, healthy way to remove the ticks that are hitching a ride but haven’t taken hold. If your dog or cat has walked through grass or fields, a quick hose-off will help cut down on pesky parasites. Be sure to comb afterward for ticks that have managed to latch on.
3. Chamomile: Before heading out, brew chamomile leaves (easily found as chamomile herb tea), cool completely, then apply the tonic gently to fur with a spray bottle or cotton balls. Chamomile is a natural pest repellent.
4. Essential oils: Ticks avoid the smell of certain essential oils, such as eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender. Fill a spray bottle with water, add a few drops of the oil and gently spray on her fur. Be careful not to spray on or near the face, especially near the mouth and eyes.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Ticks don’t like acidity in the blood. Add up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to his meals.
6. Cover up: If your dog doesn’t mind clothing, try dressing her with some of your old leg warmers or a simple jacket as a barrier against freeloading ticks.
7. Walk her on the sidewalk: During peak tick months, stay out of fields and tall grasses altogether. Ticks can also hide in short grass, so be sure to check even away from wooded areas.
While natural remedies are not always a substitute for medicines and chemical pesticides, home remedies provide a safe and natural way to guard your furbuddy without resorting to harsh chemicals.