Ticks!!! 10 DIY Insect repellent for your family, you and furfamily

Tick and mosquito season is upon us!

It recently became warm in Wisconsin, FINALLY!!!  As usual, I take my little furkids for strolls in nature on the several public hiking trails in my area every day after work.  The other night, we finished up our walk, jumped back into the truck, and headed home!  I felt a slight tickle on my leg and when I looked down, TICK!!!  I couldn’t help, but almost crash my vehicle and scream in sheer terror knowing I had to pick it up and toss it out the window!  The poor guy driving behind me seemed to back off as he must have noticed me flailing around.  I was able to toss that ugly bug out the window, but it reminded me that I need to start protecting myself and furkids again!

Protecting against ticks!

  • First things first, do not go walking into heavily wooded/brushy areas
  • Do not walk on trails with tall grass!
  • Spray yourself and furkids with pet safe repellents (DIY recipes below)
  • Check your family, you, and furkids after a walk in nature even on non-paved and short grass trails
  • If you find ticks on your furfamily when you arrive home, vacuum the house for any that may have fallen off your pet
  • Check with your local vet for more options to protect your furkid
My boyfriend has become a furdad in October of 2017, so he is learning the ropes of fatherhood and didn’t protect against ticks when he took both our furkids on what was supposed to be a swim, a walk through shoulder high weeds.  When they came home, he noticed a tick about half of the size of a lady bug on his furbaby!  I mentioned to him that we should probably check them for more ticks, he needs to check himself, AND no one sleeps in the bed tonight, even him!  Gosh do I hate those things.  Anyways, we ended up finding about 6 ticks on the dogs, 5 of which were from his short haired kid.  My boyfriend who has just about as much hair as a wire haired griffin didn’t find any on himself, but be sure to check yourself just in case!

I focus a lot of pets in this article because it can be more difficult to find a tick on a furbaby depending on their color and hair length/thickness.  They can’t speak, so you have to check for little bumps on their body for them.

DIY Recipes

If you’re anything like me, I like to check out a bunch of different DIY recipes when I am making something.  Maybe you don’t have all of the ingredients of one recipe, and don’t want to buy additional products, or don’t feel like going to the store, so check out another recipe!  Or maybe you don’t like a certain scent of one of the ingredients or allergic to it.  Or maybe something in one of the recipes doesn’t seem to be working for you!  Check out all the different recipes below;

1.  Fly Spray

  • Clove – 2 drops
  • Lavender – 5 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 5 drops
  • Distilled Water – 1 Cup
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

2.  Hazelnut and Essential Oil Combination Tick Repellent drops

  • Hazelnut or Sweet Almond – 1/2 oz oil
  • Geranium – 2 drops
  • Rosewood – 2 drops
  • Lavender – 3 drops
  • Myrrh – 2 drops
  • Opoponax – 2 drops
  • Bay leaf – 1 drops
Blend the oils together in a glass dropper bottle.
Apply 2 to 4 drops to your furkids neck, chest, legs, and base of their tail.

3.  White Vinegar Tick and Flea Repellent

  • Distilled Water – 1 Cup
  • Distilled White Vinegar – 1 Cup
  • Almond Oil – 2 spoonfuls
  • Lemon Juice – 3 spoonfuls
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.

4.  Rose Geranium Tick Repellent Drops

  • Rose Geranium Oil
Put a drop between furkids shoulder blades and a drop at the base of their tail before going outside.
Put a drop on the inside of your family and yourselves wrist and a drop behind your ears.

2.  5 oils, 7 dropper Insect Repellent

  • Peppermint – 7 drops
  • Rosemary – 7 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 7 drops
  • Tea Tree – 7 drops
  • Citronella – 7 drops
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Fill the bottle with water.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

6.  Vodka Tick Repellent Spray

  • Vegetable Glycerin – 1 tsp
  • Vodka – 1/2 oz
  • Castor oil – 1 tsp
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – 10 drops
  • Distilled water – 7 oz
  • Geranium – 2 drops
  • Rosewood – 2 drops
  • Lavender – 3 drops
  • Myrrh – 2 drops
  • Opoponax – 2 drops
  • Bay leaf – 1 drop
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

7.  3 Ingredient Insect Repellent Spray

  • Lemon – 15 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 15 drops
  • Carrier Oil (Witch Hazel, Coconut Oil, or Almond Oil) – 4oz
  • Optional Add-ins:
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Peppermint, Lavender, or Cedarwood – 3 to 6 drops
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

8.  5 Oils, 5 dropper Insect Repellent Spray

  • Carrier Oil (Witch Hazel, Coconut Oil, or Almond Oil) – 2 Tbsp
  • Eucalyptus – 5 drops
  • Lavender – 5 drops
  • Lemongrass – 5 drops
  • Grapefruit – 5 drops
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Fill the bottle with water.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

9.  Apple Cider Vinegar Mosquito Repellent

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1/3 Cup
  • Witch Hazel – 1/3 Cup
  • Citronella – 6 drops
Mix all of the oils together in a 16 oz spray bottle.
Shake the bottle each time before use to mix all the ingredients together.

10.  Insect Bites

  • Thieves – 1 drops
  • Cotton ball – 1
Clean off the affected area with soap and water, removing any stingers.
Apply oil by dabbing a drop on a cotton ball and applying to the affected area.


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