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7 Natural Tick Remedies That Work!

7 Natural Tick Remedies That Work!

Many of us already have had encounters with ticks from simply venturing outside. This proves you don’t have to walk deep into the woods to come in contact with ticks. But how can you stay safe?

Prevention is the best way to avoid the itching and the devastating effects of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan encephalitis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis, just to name a few, that can be transmitted by tick bites.

There are many different types of ticks (the blacklegged tick, or deer tick, is notorious for spreading Lyme disease and its co-infections) but the risk of developing these infections depends on several factors, including type of tick and how long it was attached to the skin.

But you probably don’t want to take any chances. Try these natural and effective ways to keep those nasty parasites away without having to resort to harsh chemicals:

Natural Tick Repellents

  1. Cedar Oil Spray is a non-toxic, natural tick and insect repellent. It can be sprayed directly on clothing and skin. It is safe for use on humans and pets. Not only does cedar oil repel ticks and other irritating insects, but it kills them. Cedar oil spray can be purchased online and at most pet stores and big-box retailers.
  2. Homemade Tick and Insect Repellent – Try this simple recipe. Just mix and apply to exposed skin before heading outdoors:
    •  9 drops citronella essential oil
    • 6 drops Tea Tree essential oil
    • 6 drops Peppermint essential oils
    • 1 tablespoon almond oil or jojoba oil
  3. Eucalyptus Oil is known as an effective tick repeller and killer. Just combine 4 ounces of purified or distilled water to a small spray bottle along with 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Shake before using and spray on skin, pant cuffs, and shoes. Safe for use on dogs (eucalyptus oil must be diluted with the water before application on dogs).
  4. Neem Oil is is used as a natural remedy to repel and remove ticks. To use, add several drops to the palm of your hand and rub on exposed skin. It can also be diluted and mixed with almond or other light carrier oil. When diluted, it’s safe for dogs. To remove a tick, apply a drop or two of neem oil directly on the tick and it will extract itself quickly.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar to the rescue once again! This wonderful natural remedy also helps to remove and kill ticks. The following solution can be sprayed on clothing and exposed skin, even lawn furniture. Combine the following in a spray bottle:
    • 2 cups of water
    • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons of organic neem oil
  6. Aromatherapy Essential Oils not only smell great, but they are also natural tick repellents. Ticks hate the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, and rose geranium. Any of these or a combination can be used in DIY sprays or added to almond oil and rubbed on exposed skin.
  7. Eat Garlic! We all know that garlic has excellent health benefits, and now we can add one more to the list. Regular consumption of garlic* or garlic capsules reduces the risk of tick bites, and tick-borne disease. The garlic causes the body to excrete a scent that ticks hate.

We recommend using 100% certified organic essential oils in any of the above mixtures, which can be found online at PennHerb products.


  1. It is not recommended to feed garlic to pets — please talk to your veterinarian.
  2. Essential oils are not recommended for use on cats. Please consult with your veterinarian about effective flea and tick control for cats.
  3. Always dilute solutions before applying to your dog. For further reading on essential oils and dogs, check here.

You See A Tick On You… Now What?

If you see a tick crawling on your clothing, or if you have ventured into a known tick-infested area, you should do the following:

  1. Grab the lint roller (take it with you on outings!). A sticky tape lint roller is excellent for picking ticks of any size off your skin and clothing.  See the tip here! Carry one with you and brush it over your skin and clothes (and pet’s fur) periodically.
  2. Toss your clothing into a hot dryer for 10 to 15 minutes to kill any lurking ticks.
  3. Do a full-body check on yourself, family members, and pets. Brush your hair and jump in the shower. Rinse pets using the outdoor hose before heading inside.

You Have A Tick That’s Attached to the Skin. What Should You Do?

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease but it still can be unsettling. Visit the Center for Disease Control’s web site for more information on removing ticks safely and next steps.

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  • Marion says:

    Hi, I have 2 lambs & am wondering what might be a good natural repellent against ticks, lice, mites, mozzies etc, thankyou

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Hi Marion, we’re not sure what would be a safe natural repellent. It would be best if you contact your vet to see what’s safe and reliable.

  • Mia Delacruz says:

    What should I do if I found a trick on my dog one day & wasn’t able to get it off & the next not see it anywhere? I’m not sure if it fell off in the house or not. We have carpet.

  • Robert says:

    Will mulching up cedar trees and mixing with water in a 50 gallon drum for a week help repel the ticks

  • StevenGrant says:


  • Faith Harbarger says:

    I use baby shampoo on my dogs for flea and tick because the vet told me Dawn dish liquid was to harsh on !y dogs skin. Then after the bath I apply the apple cider mixture to the coat and work it in.

  • Tina says:

    Something small and brown that look like a tick with no legs bit me what should I do? I noticed serval bites on back and front of chest close to left shoulder should I be worried..I rubbed burn medication on the bit and took Bayer asprin what do u recommend??

  • julia says:

    good day
    I got ticks all over our yard small ones I’ve tried most remedies like apple cider vinegar, sheep deep but still is there, I am scared cause we got children who’s playing around they mate be danger to them need help urgently please

  • Noel Frankland says:

    How often should I apply the neem oil spray.The solution Iam using is 2 water 4 tbl spoons apple cider vinegar 2 tbl spoons neem oil. Thanks Noel

  • Rosie Fusco says:

    Please never saturate a tick with oil in attempts to remove it. The tick will regurgitate into your body. Always pull out straight up with tweezer. No twisting or smothering.

  • Kim says:

    Do you what would be good to put on horses? I have one horse that the flies just eat on her, its terrible, fly sprays don’t work.

  • Karen Kolbu says:

    Also, for those with fire ants, don’t kill the all off. Fire ants feed on ticks. Nummy!

  • Sharon says:

    I add 10 drops of neem oil in a small bottle of dawn dish soap when I bath my dogs.

  • Lee F. says:

    So much conflicting info out there! What to believe or not believe. I can only relay on what has worked for me and my canine pals. !st, not only have I used cedar oil topically on my dogs fur, I use it on myself on my clothes (successfully) to help with repelling ticks and chiggers. 2nd, I strongly disagree that garlic used daily in moderation has any negative effects on dogs. I have had many dogs in my 73 years on this planet, and have been feeding them all daily a small chopped clove of garlic in their food. Not only does in help repel ticks and fleas but keeps them clean of worms. One other hint. A raw egg once in awhile will keep their coats shiny and healthy. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. p.s no need to pay a vet $100 to tell you whats free out there from those in the know…

  • Teresa Hampton says:

    Be very careful what you use. CEDARWOOD OIL Is Toxic. We never used cedarwood chips in the tank for the lizards or tarantula, and it can be toxic for pets.
    Cedar leaf oil from Cedrus atlantica does not contain thujone. Cedarwood oil is a mixture of organic compounds considered generally safe by the FDA as a food additive preservative. … Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to high levels of cedarwood oil can cause liver and pulmonary toxicity.

  • John E Perry says:

    Good info! Keep up the good work.

  • Charlotte Hall says:

    I have used Apple Cider vinegar with the “Mother” for years. I put it in their drinking water, apply topically after bathing (with Dawn detergent) works inside and outside!

    • Brenda says:

      How much apple cider vinegar do you put in the water? Also, how do you apply topically and how much? Can you put this on cats too?

  • Vikki says:

    Thank you all for such good info. Are any of these remedies effective for fleas and or chiggers? (Not sure if the latter is just a southernism?)

  • cheri says:

    The peppermint oil works also for black flies! I was getting black flies in my hair, mouth etc. Biting like crazy and I went inside and put oil all over my arms and neck. They were there around me, but never bothered me again.

  • Lucee Nozik says:

    We use Springtime Bug Off for the dogs. It is dehydrated garlic and it is perfectly SAFE for your dogs. My dogs have it every day with their meals and while everyone else is getting bit by mosquitoes and bothered by ticks my dogs remain untouched. I’ve been using this for years with great success.

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Hi Lucee Nozik, we ran a recipe for dog treats that was effective in repelling fleas — that original recipe included dried garlic. We had checked with vets on its safety and agree that in small doses it’s safe. However, our readers disagreed, so we’d rather people check with their vets as every dog is different.

  • Vicki Richards says:

    We put tea tree oil on our little Pomchi, she was affected to a serious degree, if using tea tree oil dilute, dilute, dilute !!! Very important!

  • Eva S says:

    Never use Tea Tree oil on cats!

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