The best tick repellent should be considered if you are planning on visiting any area where there may be ticks. A tick repellent is a solution that can be applied to skin, clothing, luggage, pets, furniture or any other surfaces to deter these parasites from crawling or falling on you, to lay eggs or feed. As they are able to carry and transmit infections and diseases to both animals and humans, a strong spray is a good method to help avoid bites and illness. Such products can be purchased over the internet or from your local pharmacist. There are tick repellents for humans, pets, the home and yard.
If you have ticks in the home or yard, you should be looking for ways to kill them as well a repellent to keep them away. Parasites can find their way onto your property via birds, pests (mice, squirrels, etc), your pets and you. It is important to try to prevent them getting into your yard and tick repellent plants may help. There are plants which naturally repel ticks and other unwanted parasites such as fleas, so you could look to plant the following around the parameters of your yard, and also close to entrances to the home. lavender, geraniums, chrysanthemums and eucalyptus plants - all have a naturally repelling scent. Herbs such as garlic and sage are also said to good. Create a border with cedar chips, and spread them under shrubs and plants to deter ticks (they will also help keep the weeds down). Another idea would be to create an environment that parasites will be attracted to (away from the home and yard). If you have a large property and you can maintain a well kept and clean yard near to the home, you could have areas outside a Ďsafe zoneí which has long grasses and vegetation that will attract ticks. This way, you know where they are more likely to be and the areas that you wish to be safe, remain free of ticks. Fences to stop animals entering you yard also act as a good barrier. Keeping deer, mice, squirrels, badgers, etc away from the home and safe zone should prevent ticks being transported in.
If you are outdoors, perhaps walking or hunting, you should know where ticks are more likely to be so that you can avoid them. These parasites can be found in grassy areas, woods, plants and shrubs. As they do not have the ability to fly (wingless) they wait in anticipation of a host passing by. A host can be anything from a small rodent to a large mammal (including humans). Ticks will fall or climb on to a host, after being attracted by carbon dioxide and heat. Once attached, they grasp on and feed on blood. Always consider wearing protective clothing. Covering your skin up with long pants tucked into socks, tops tucked into your pants and hats to protect your head will all help to avoid getting bitten. The clothes can then be covered in a spray, specifically for fabrics. Sprays that contain Permethrin are said to be good, and also Deet could be used on your skin. Be careful not to spray it on any infected and cut skin and if you are planning to use it on children follow the instructions carefully, not getting it in their eyes or allowing them to lick it off their hands! Also be aware that some types of repellent can damage clothing or cause skin irritation so always buy a trusted brand. These products can also be used on camping gear, on nets around sleeping areas and taken on vacation to beaches etc as an insect repellent.
Repellent for Ticks
Tick repellent for dogs and cats also sold over the internet and many pet shops. You should always use a repellent on your pets in tick season. Also regularly check your pet for ticks before they re-enter the home so the parasites arenít brought in. Ensure your pet maintains a healthy nutritional diet and strong immune system. There are natural supplements that can be added to your petís meals - garlic and brewers yeast are said to work, as well as a small part of white vinegar or apple cider in their water. This should make the pets less appealing to ticks and fleas. If you do not wish to buy a product off the shelf, you could try to make one yourself at home using essential oils or some of the plants already mentioned above (geranium, lemon, lavender, etc). Tick collars will also help repel and kill parasites, but be aware that not all essential oils agree with pets. Some are allergic and other pets (such as cats and kittens) can find essential oils toxic.
Whichever repellent you choose to use, make sure that theyíre handled with care. Donít spray them in the eyes or around the mouth and only use a tick repellent on the skin that is designed for use on the skin. Some tick repellents for humans contain harsh chemicals which can spark allergies and also cause irritation. Check with your veterinarian before using a pet tick repellent to make sure itís safe - they may suggest other alternatives. Do not let children apply strong sprays to themselves and always ensure that you wash your (and your childrenís) hands after use as to not get any near the mouth - this could cause an upset tummy. If you use a product and have any type of adverse reaction to it - be it on the skin or respiratory; consult a doctor for advice and treatment.
Natural Repellent for Ticks
Create a natural repellent for ticks using ingredients you may have at home
Use a homemade tick repellent with plants, such as rose, geranium, lavender and eucalyptus
Use food supplements such as sage and garlic in your diet to omit unfavourable odor to ticks and other parasites
Cover up all skin with protective clothing, long socks, shoes that cover the feet (not open toed!) and conduct thorough daily checks should be in areas prevalent with tics