The warming weather brings bug problems. If you are struggling with ticks in particular, some methods can help you.
As with ants, fleas or mosquitoes, it is possible to make a formula that can repel or kill ticks in a natural way.
When you have children or pets, you must avoid chemicals to fight pests.
One of the best way to repel and kill ticks is to use cedar. You may know that cedar can repel moths, but its scent also keep ticks away.
Several studies on essential oils extracted from Juniper trees and Alaskan cedars document the successful use of cedar treatments to get rid of ticks.
How it works:
Some species of cedar contain a compound callednootkatonewhich kills and repels ticks. Ticks can die in at least six ways.
There’s death by dehydration, as it dries the bugs out. There’s also death by emulsification, turning bodily fats into liquid.
There is also suffocation and interference on pheromone production, which slows metabolism, feeding and reproduction.
And there’s good old dissolving, in which cedar kills the tick and takes care of all of its life cycles.
In commercial products, the terms cedar and cedarwood are used interchangeably to describe different versions of the oil. As an essential oil, you can apply cedarwood to your clothing before heading outdoors to an area that’s heavily populated with ticks. It will act as a repellent.
To make a repellent that can be applied on the skin, dilute 1/3 cup (85 ml) of distilled water, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of witch hazel, 20 drops of cedar essential oil and 20 drops of rose geranium essential oil. Pour into a 4 or 8 ounce (113 or 226 ml) spray bottle.
You can also use this alternative formula on both humans and pets.
Mix 1 cup (250 ml) water, 2 cups (500 ml) white vinegar and 10 to 20 drops of cedar essential oil. Be careful to avoid spraying around the face or sensitive areas.
Outside, cedar mulch helps to repel ticks. You can also buy cedar oil online or at home improvement stores to make a garden spray. Use 1 quart (1.1 liter) of water, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of mild liquid soap, 1 or 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 ml) of cedar oil and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) g) Epsom salt. Spray on the lawn or affected plants.
To create a bug spray, mix 1 cup (250 ml) of white vinegar with 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 ml) of cedar oil. Spray this mixture directly on the ticks.
Warning: Pregnant or lactating women should avoid using cedar oil and its derivatives unless cleared by their physician.
Since ticks can carry serious diseases for both humans (such as Lyme disease) and dogs, it is important to keep them as far as possible!