I know how you feel. Here in East Tn, where I live, we are dealing with record high summer temperatures in the triple digits. All this after an unusually mild winter. A natural flea tick repellent is a necessity. All the old timers say that it didn’t get cold enough to kill the bugs off.
I am thinking there might be something to that. I live out in the country in the middle of 200 acres. That’s great if you are my animals, cause you have plenty of room to run and play safely, without fear of being hit by a car.
But as you might guess, it also exposes my animals to more insects. You probably don’t ever see a tick unless you go to the woods for a walk or hike with your pet.
If your pets are mostly indoor pets, it’s a whole lot easier to naturally control fleas and ticks. I have some really great natural flea and tick products that are working incredibly well for many animals. http://alternativeanimal.com/homepage
But here in the country we have it all. Fleas and ticks. And this year I swear is the worst I have ever seen for ticks. Ticks are really tough to repel. The common essential oils used in most products just aren’t enough when they are in such great numbers.
Also, when I would come back from a ride on my horse, I would have to remove up to 50 ticks from their legs. This has never happened before in all the years I have lived here.
Ticks are attracted by heat. So they are much worse when the temperatures start going up.
In the meantime I started researching natural flea tick repellent and came across “neem oil”. I wasn’t very familiar with it, but as I continued to read about it, I was impressed and thought it may hold the answer.
Here’s some info from http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil.html
Neem oil, the oil pressed from the seeds of the neem tree, is the most widely known and used neem product.
Well, at least in the western world it is. Indians, of course, have known and used all parts of the neem tree for thousands of years…
Neem oil has many different uses and benefits…
- A natural insect repellent
- A safe pesticide
- A fertilizer
- A skin care ingredient
- A contraceptive
A medicine with hundreds of different uses…
I decided to give it a try. Here’s a recipe to make your own natural flea and tick repellent. It’s easy and only requires only a few ingredients. I made it for my dogs and cats and so far so good. After 2 days no new ticks! Hooray!!!
I used it directly on my pets with a dropper. I applied it from the back of their head down to the middle of their shoulder blades. I also applied some to their collar. You can use between 1 and 3 droppers full depending on the size of the animal. Experiment for yourself.
Natural Flea and Tick Repellent
2 TBLS vegetable oil
1 TBLS aloe vera gel
20 drops cedarwood oil
20 drops neem oil
Mix all ingredients together and put into a dropper bottle
That’s it! I’d love to hear back from you if you try it?
And if you don’t want to make your own natural flea tick repellent, definitely check out what’s available at Alternative Animal. I truly believe it’s not necessary to use toxic chemicals to control fleas and ticks on our pets. It may require a little more effort on our part, but aren’t they worth it?
Together, we will save the world… one pet at a time.
To your pets,Roxanna Whittington