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Worried About Ticks? 20 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Them

Got ticks?

Ticks are tiny parasites that look like spiders. And rightly so, because they are part of the arachnid family. They are actually arthropods, which are neither spiders not insects. They will attach themselves to the body of a human or animal and suck its blood. They are usually found in the fur of various animals, especially dogs and cats. They are very active in warm weather.

Am I in danger of getting a tick bite?

People who are frequently outdoors, either for work or play, are most in danger of getting a tick bite. However, anyone can be attacked by ticks--it is not limited to people who work in the outdoors. It can happen to anyone, because ticks can be transported by pets and other small animals like squirrels, chipmunks and mice.


The tick bite itself is usually pretty painless, and remains painless after the bite. But, several problems will arise when the tick falls off after feeding on the blood. Some signs and symptoms are:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Numbness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Joint Pain
  • Headache
  • Burning

Home Remedies

It's very upsetting when we or our pets are beset by ticks and fleas. There are lots of lotions and soaps available to use, but they may not work as well as natural remedies. Also, chemically enhanced soaps and lotions may harm your pet, whereas natural remedies will not.

Here are 20 natural remedies that you will be sure to love:

1. Citrus

All you need to do is prepare natural repellent oil from oranges or lemons. Take the peels out of the lemon or orange and boil them, then let them cool down naturally. Apply it directly on the affected area on your pet.

2. Aromatherapy Oil

Aromatherapy oils, such as basil, cinnamon, lemon, cedar, lavender, and pennyroyal are all natural remedies for ticks. To remove ticks, prepare a mixture of any three oils. Mix one drop of three oils and pure almond oil. Soak a cloth in it, and then wrap this cloth around your pet. This will also help removing ticks from human skin.

3. Cedar Oil Spray

Cedar oil acts as a natural repellent to harmful ticks. Use it once a day on pets. You can put it directly on any area where your pet is affected by the ticks.

Where to Buy Cedar Oil

For a full range of cedar oil products for use on yards, pets, livestock, humans and more, visit Cedarcide.

4. Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oils contain sulfur, which is a natural repellent for ticks. Just mix two teaspoons of vegetable oil with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Add one teaspoon of dish washing liquid and stir, then apply it directly on your pet. It's best to do this once a week.

5. Vaseline

Using Vaseline to remove ticks is really simple. Just take some and rub it in your palm. Then, put it directly on your pet's fur, covering the affected area. Vaseline suffocates the ticks, and they will die. After applying the Vaseline, comb your pet's fur to remove the ticks for good.

6. Garlic

Adding garlic to your pet's food can repel ticks very quickly. However, adding too much garlic to your pet's diet can be harmful. You can add 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder to your pet's food, and this should do the trick.

7. Baking Soda

To use baking soda as a tick repellent, you should mix a half teaspoon of baking soda and salt. Then, add this dry mixture to four ounces of apple cider vinegar. Pour it in a spray bottle and then spray it directly on your pets.

8. Permethrin

This is a toxic substance, so it cannot be sprayed directly on pets. Spray it on curtains, clothes, and mattresses. You can also dip a sponge in Permthrin and rub it gently on your pet's body to get rid of ticks. This solution stays affective for up to four weeks.

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9. Liquid Dish Soap

For this remedy, all you have to do is pour some liquid dish detergent in a bowl. Apply it in your pet's body with a cotton ball, covering the infected area. Rinse it off with water.

10. Eucalyptus Oil

This remedy is very effective against ticks. To prepare the spray, just boil 15-20 eucalyptus leaves in one liter of water for 10 minutes. After boiling it, let it cool down at room temperature and then strain the solution into a bottle. You can spray it directly onto your pets.

11. Orange

Oranges are rich in citric acid, which is a natural remedy to remove ticks. Just squeeze out some juice for one or two oranges and apply it on your pet's body with a cotton ball.

12. Clove

This anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aids in killing ticks. It works with removing fleas as well. Just pour some clove oil into your hands and rub it into your pet's fur.

13. Mouthwash

Just pour some mouthwash onto a tissue or a cotton ball and place it on the affected area. This remedy works really quickly.

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14. Tea Tree Oil

The medicinal properties of tea tree oil help kill ticks instantly. Tea tree can be used in many different ways to kill ticks. You can add a few drops of the oil into regular shampoo you use on your pet. Or, you can add a few drops of tea tree into a spray bottle with water and spray it directly on your pet.

15. Cinnamon Oil

This oil is very useful when getting rid of ticks. Just apply some of the oil directly onto the affected area. Or, you can add 80 drops of cinnamon oil to one ounce of water. Fill the solution into hose sprayer and gently spray it onto your lawn. This goes right to the source of the problem.

16. Turpentine or Gasoline

Both of these are very effective against ticks. Just pour two tablespoons of either liquid in a container, and then dip a cotton ball in it and place it on the tick. Leave it there for three minutes. When this happens, the tick will get suffocated. You can then remove it with tweezers.

17. Rose Geranium Essential Oil

This is one of the most popular tick repellents out there. Just add 20 drops of this essential oil into two tablespoons of almond oil. Mix it well and then apply a few drops onto your pet's fur, especially around the collar.

18. Combs

You need to have a comb if you want to remove ticks from your pet's fur. You should comb your pet regularly to prevent the infestation of ticks on your pet's fur.

19. Neem Oil

This anti-bacterial and antiseptic will fight quickly against harmful ticks. All you need to do is pour a few drops of neem oil into your palm and rub it onto the infected area. If your pet has sensitive skin, you can dilute the neem oil so it won't irritate them. Mix it with a different kind of oil, like almond oil.You can also make a spray solution. Just mix 1/2 ounce of neem oil with a 1/2 ounce of mild soap. Stir well, and then add two cups of water.

20. Apple Cider Vinegar

Making an apple cider vinegar spray is a great way to get rid of ticks. Pour one cup of apple cider vinegar into a bowl, and then add four ounces of warm water to it. Stir it well by adding a half teaspoon each of salt and baking soda. Put it in a spray bottle and shake it well before you use it.

Apple cider vinegar can be used with lavender oil for removing ticks. Just mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and add 15 drops of lavender oil. Mix it well and apply it directly onto your pet's fur.

Where to Buy Cedar Oil

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Preventing ticks

Ticks are insects which remain active in warm weather. It is difficult to keep them out of our home and out of our pets' fur, but taking some precautions can make a huge difference. There are dozens of natural remedies to get rid of ticks, but what if we just remain cautious at all times and prevent coming into contact with ticks at all? There are some easy steps you can take you make sure of this:

  • Keep your pets in smooth surface areas
  • Clean your home regularly with a vacuum cleaner
  • Spray your pets with a natural tick repellent regularly
  • Use hot water to wash blankets, linen and cushion covers
  • Properly sanitize areas in your home
  • Mow your lawn often
  • Put flea collars on your pets
  • Shampoo your pet often
  • Remove things like fallen leaves and weeds from your lawn
  • Don't bring your pet into wooded areas
  • Remove ticks safely with tweezers

Taking these precautions will help both you and your pet stay safe from ticks and even fleas. It's better to be safe than sorry. These natural remedies will do the trick if your pet already has been infected by ticks, or you just want to be careful.

This is just the start of what you need to know about Lyme disease. Take a look at our Lyme disease topic page to get a fuller education on the subject.​

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