Tick season has arrived in Michigan and many people are seeking natural ways to repel these annoying arachnids! Fortunately, there are numerous natural tick repellent solutions that can help keep them away.
Firstly, essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and lemongrass can be highly effective. You can mix a few drops of these oils in water and spray on your skin, clothes, and outdoor gear. Or, try our proprietary in-house Bug Bomb formula for a broad spectrum critter repellant that comes in an 8oz spray bottle and works for mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, and more!
Another option is consuming garlic regularly, which alters the odor of your skin, making it less attractive to ticks. You can also apply garlic oil on your skin for added effectiveness.
Neem oil is another natural pesticide that can be mixed with water and sprayed on your body, clothes, and outdoor gear.
Apple cider vinegar is renowned for its strong odor that ticks find unappealing. Mixing equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and spraying it on your skin and clothes can be highly effective, and you can combine it with essential oils to reduce the vinegar's smell.
Diatomaceous earth, a natural powder made from fossilized diatoms, is another option that dries out tick bodies, killing them quickly. It's also available at Health Simplified!
While these natural solutions are great, they should be combined with proper outdoor clothing. Tucking your pant legs inside your socks is effective in deterring ticks from climbing aboard, and using a lint roller when you come inside can quickly remove any that are on your clothes.
Even though these tips are highly effective, it is crucial to check for ticks regularly.