Ticks are no joke when it comes to tick bites and how dangerous they can be. From Lyme disease and a host of other diseases that can be transmuted, as well as annoying and itchy bites, getting rid of them is something every hiker needs to think about.
However, you don’t need to spend money on expensive supplies month after month, and many bug repellants and sprays can be created naturally without any need to break the bank. Many of these methods of organic tick control can be made with simple oils that you can find at the store. For example, a few drops of Tea Tree, Peppermint, almond, and citronella oils can be mixed and placed on the skin before heading outside.
Water and several drops of Eucalyptus oil can be used as an effective repellant for both humans and dogs and must be sprayed on skin, cuffs, and shoes before going out. If the mixture is sprayed on dogs, then it must be mixed with the water first.
Apple cider vinegar is also able to be combined with neem oil and water. This mixture can not only remove ticks but can also kill them when they are found. Orange, lemon, and peppermint oils also work the same way.
Garlic, despite the breath you get afterward, can also be used to help get rid of ticks. Eating garlic regularly can cause your body to produce a scent that completely repels ticks and reduces the risk of tick bites.
Be sure to spray yourself with these natural remedies on exposed skin and clothes before going outside into a tick filled area. Also always treat any insect bites, wash your clothes and take a shower after a day outdoors, and always be mindful with any pets to ensure they aren’t bitten as well.