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Natural Tick Repellents For You, Your Pet & Your Yard


I make a variation of this - it works (I'll post mine below)

Neem oil  - In Skin & Hair Care - Mix 2-10% neern oil with a fragrant & natural cream, lotion or shampoo. Combine 2-10% or more neern oil with sesame oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil & fragrances like lavender or sandalwood and use as a massage oil.
Use neem oil full strength or diluted with lotion base or oil & fragrance on exposed skin for outdoor protection. Mix 2-10% neem oil with a fragrant & natural cream, lotion. Mix 10-15 drops of neem leaf extract with 8 ozs. of cream, lotion or shampoo.

Pine tar soap is an old natural repellent that people have forgotten about - shave some off of a bar into a spray bottle add warm water and shake to dissolve - I add insect repelling essential oils to this mix as well - Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Citronella, Grapefruit seed extract, Peppermint etc. - not just for pets!

MY MIX: - This is an all natural repellent that I made for my family last year after researching online some of the other suggestions. Each ingredient has its own insect repelling qualities.
 Another good option for ticks and biting flies - Pine tar soap, shave into a spray bottle, add warm water and spray - you can add essential oils
Another good option for Mosquitoes - Carbolic soap - shave into a spray bottle add warm water and spray - you can add essential oils.
Mix together:
3 Tablespoons Almond oil
2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
1 Teaspoon Neem oil (if you can find it)
20 drops of Lavender essential oil
20 drops of Grapefruit seed extract
A few drops each of Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella, Rose Geranium, Tea Tree, Peppermint essential oils.
Store in fridge. Shake well prior to each use. Rub on.

DEET may work well for some people but, I would go into the woods loaded up with DEET bug repellent and return home loaded up with ticks!
Stay bug free this year!


Rose Geranium oil is a favourite to use as natural protection... and no harmful chemicals for your friend!

Why use natural? - ***NOTE - However I would not use the oils to remove the ticks! Using anything like that while the tick is attached causes it to regurgitate - if your looking for a quick transmission of potential pathogens...this will do it ;-)

Pine tar soap is an old natural repellent that people have forgotten about - shave some off of a bar into a spray bottle add warm water and shake to dissolve - you can add insect repelling essential oils to this mix as well - Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon Grass, etc. ***make sure the essential oil you use is safe for your pet - most are - however some are not to be used on cats.

Almond oil added to the mix!

Neem oil - In Pet &. Livestock Care - For protection against fleas, ticks, flies, mites, hot spots, sores.
Add 1/2 ounce neem oil to 6-8 ounces mild natural (without any harsh chemicals) shampoo and bathe.
or Mix 1 oz. neem oil to 3/4 - 1 gallon water with 1/4 - 1/2 tspn soap. Shake really well till oil and water are well mixed. Use as a spray or rinse. or Mix 1 oz. neem oil with 4-10 (stronger for large animals/dogs, weaker for small ones) ounces of sesame, sweet almond or olive oil. Massage into skin and fur. Leave on for about 1/2 hour and wash with a mild shampoo.
For Mange, Wounds &. Severe Mite Problems.
Mix 1/2 ounce neem oil with 1/2 ounce karanja oil. Add about 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and make a paste (this is optional but helps in healing - turmeric will stain). Add this to 2 ounces (or 6 ounces for a small animal/dog) sesame, sweet almond or olive oil and mix. Gently apply on skin and affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day if possible or at least once a day. Wash off with a neem shampoo. Repeat till wounds heal and hair grows back.

Dr. Mercola's product


Plants - You will find a lot of information on this web site on natural means of protecting yourself from ticks - This particular article is about the yard and which plants repel ticks -

Mosquito Barrier - America's Premier Mosquito, Tick And Flea Repellent For Grassy Areas; Yards, Parks,Athletic Fields, And Golf Courses. - Just one spraying of all natural, liquid garlic-based Mosquito Barrier will keep mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, gnats, fire ants out of your yard and away from your home, 24 hours a day for nearly a month. 

Neem oil - Using Neem In Agriculture or in the Garden
Mix 1 oz. neern or karanja oil with 1.1 gallons water, using 1/2 -1 tspn hand soap to emulsify. If the water is cold, use a little warm water to thoroughly emulsify the oil and then add the remaining water. Make sure the oil is completely emulsified before spraying. Spray with full leaf coverage for healthy plants. Repeat sprays every 7-10 days for 4-5 weeks if needed. Avoid spraying when honey bees are feeding.
Alternately, mix 2/3 oz. neern oil + 1/3 oz. karanja oil and use in the same way.


  1. Hi! Someone asked me to research this topic, and I came across your site. Great information, however I would like to share with you that Eucalyptus Essential Oil should never be used on pets - it is highly toxic to them. With the exception of that, I look forward to trying your blends!

  2. Picked your site first from the search engine, thanks for the tips on tick repellants. We're going on hikes and need all the help we can get since ticks are bad this year.

  3. Thanks damecatrina! I did know that cats are especially sensitive to certain essential oils (due to the fact that their liver doesn't work like ours or a dogs) and people should really do their research prior to using any if there is a cat in the household.

  4. Yes, they are "anonymous!
    Thanks and happy hiking! BTW - posting a couple of other good ones called "Ticks n' All and "Theraneem Outdoor Spray"


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Best wishes to anyone dealing with any tick-borne infection.