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Wood Ticks are Disgusting – Oh Yeah. Natural Tick Repellent & Helpful Hints

Natural Tick Repellent & Helpful Hints adult-and-nymph-deer-ticks

If you live in Minnesota you’ve seen wood ticks. They are already out in full force as we have seen them on the dogs as well as on us after being in the yard. Now, if you are anything like me then you most likely freak out when you feel them crawl on you. You may have wondered if there is anything other than wearing DEET or the dogs tick collar that would help prevent these pests from finding you.

The stakes are high here in MN. Lyme disease is the most common critter-vectored disease in North America. Ticks are most likely to spread the disease to humans when they are tiny nymphs, only slightly bigger than the period at the end of this sentence.

1. Dress Defensively

Wearing light colored clothing will make it easier to spot ticks quickly and help reduce the chances of them attaching. Tuck your shirt into your shorts or pants. If you will be walking through the woods or fields, wear long socks and pull them over your pant cuffs.

2. Get Sticky

When at home or camping have a lint roller on hand. If they have not attached yet link rollers can grab them lil’ suckers.

3. Clean Up Your Act

Toss your clothing in the dryer on high for 10 minutes. This should kill any ticks that have found their way into the folds of your clothes. Take a hot soapy shower to remove any that may have found a way around your socks.

4. Check Regularly

Were you aware that ticks actually need to be attached for 36 to 48 hours in order to transmit Lymes Disease? By checking daily during the high peak tick season you help to reduce your risk of contracting Lymes.

5. Perfume Your Pants

If you smell like a plant, tree, or anything other than dinner, ticks will not want to attach to you. There have been a few studies that show several essential oils detract and may even kill ticks. These oils are also safe to use on pets.

Safe Tick Repellent for Dogs & Humans:

Tick Spritz Recipe
1 cup of Distilled water
15 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 Drops Basil Essential Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
5 Drops Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil
5 Drops Castile Soap
Place in a spray bottle and shake. Spritz when needed! Yes, you can use this recipe for you or your horse!

Want to create your own Tick Spritz but don’t want to invest in all the oils?

Join Katie for a “Make and Take” session where you will learn about these specific essential oils and their properties. Use our essential oils to create a Tick Spritz that you will leave with at the end of class. This is purely an educational session.
Payment must be received to reserve your spot.
Space is Limited
When: June 5th, 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm
Cost: $25.50 per person
R.S.V.P by – June 3rd, 8 pm.


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