Repelling tick bites naturally

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Pennyroyal
Above, University of Manitoba tick expert Kateryn Rochon explains the
proper way to remove a tick.

Premetherin is the typical go-to for protection of your gear and
clothing (it bonds to fabric fibers and will last for at least six
washings). It works on chiggers, mites, aand other pests too.
While an effective toxin for a variety of insects, it is extremely
toxic to humans as well. Now you know a few more natural ways
to flick the ticks and you can avoid the premetherin, otherwise
know as Deet. It's a neurotoxin that can cause eye irritation, skin
reactions and even seizures.

Still ticked off by Ticks?
Take the bite out of tick bites with the menthol stench of Vicks
Vaporub and the suffocating effects of the petroleum. Dab some
over the afflicted area and you'll be able to easily slide off the
tick with a credit card. Read more about
Vick's VapoRub uses.

Happy endings...
Ticks are freaky little free loaders that you can avoid. Look to
natural solutions and skip the Premetherin if you can.

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Here's how your doctor's office will likely remove the tick (by its
teeth):
Deer ticks, which carry Lyme Disease, Powassan virus, and Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever, don't jump or fly. Instead they crawl their way to their next
blood meal. Wearing gaiters can help make their job more difficult! Wearing
closed toe boots is another good step towards prevention of tick bites.

#7: Wear Closed-Toe Boots.
While Teva or Keen sandals are popular outdoor gear, they are
not ideal for preventing tick bites. Boots offer more surface
protection than sneakers and we recommend boots for bugging
out for many reasons.

#8: Clothe yourself in long pants and long-sleeved
shirts.
Wearing clothing as an insect shield is good preventative
measure. Long pants are especially important to wear during tick
season.

Did you think because it's Fall that tick season is over?
Think again when it comes to Deer Ticks. According to the
University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center, Dear
Ticks actually begin feeding activity in Autumn. This is when the
first frost appears in early October and the activity continues if
there is frost on the ground and not yet covered by snow.

The excellent resource center on ticks say that about 50% of
those large Blacklegged Ticks you find November through
February will be infected with Lyme bacteria. That should tick you
off enough to read more about ticks.

#9: Wear a hat.
It may surprise you to know that ticks will drop from shrubs onto
your head. That's why wearing a hat will provide a measure of
protection from a tick all too easily nestling in your scalp.

#10: Get rid of your dog (or cat).
We were only kidding about this idea (no need to get rid of your
pet). It is important, however, to inspect your dog after an outing
and during tick season to inspect your cat. As well, you can use
lavender body wash for your pet to help repell bugs naturally.


#11: Use Listerine to remove tick.
Who knew you could kill germs that cause bad breath, along with
the annoying tick you found wedged in your skin? It's true. With
an antiseptic mouthwash, you can suffocate a tick enough, so it
will draw its head out of the skin.

This idea shouldn't be used if you have other means as Dr. Neal
Schultz in the video below explains that suffocating a tick
increases the chances of infection as it making the tick
regurgitate it's Lyme-disease infected contents into your skin. Yet
it is a viable method if you have no other options.

  • How to use mouthwash to get rid of ticks: Dab a cotton
    ball with mouthwash and apply directly where the tick has
    penetrated the skin to suffocate it. This procedure draws out
    the tick, and according to Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., dropping a
    tick into mouthwash should kill a tick.

Finally, be sure to preserve the tick in mouthwash or a plastic
baggie, so you can have it analyzed. Medical professionals can
check for Lyme disease.

Deer ticks may cause Lyme Disease, characterized by:
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart disease
  • Joint paint
  • Neurological problems

How to remove a tick
Dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz says you shouldn't suffocate a
tick or try to burn it out as the tick then salivates even more and
releases more of its disease. Dr. Schultz recommends to have
your doctor or the emergency room get out a tick.
#2: Lose the ticks with Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is another effective insect repellent that's
safe for humans and pets to get rid of both ticks and mosquitoes.

Lemon Eucalpytus oil is also found in many deet-free mosquito
repellents, such as Repel lemon Eucalptus, right.

It's also effective at getting rid of toenail fungus and joint pain
and is safe to use as a chest rub. You can also try Repel lemon
Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (Spectrum Brands, Inc.)

  • How to use lemon eucalyptus essential oil to repel ticks.
    Dilute lemon eucalyptus oil with water and:
  • Spray on your clothing, particularly shoes, pant legs, and
    arms
  • Add a few drops of the mixture on the pet’s collar. This will
    repel ticks on  your pet if you can use the collar. You don't
    want your pet licking the substance.

#3: Rose geranium Essential oil.
A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health confirms that geranium essential
oils are effect as natural tick repellents. Specifically these
essential oils were proven effective against the lone star tick:

  • Geranium Bourbon essential oil has an uplifting scent for
    humans, but the strong smell of this oil is particularly good
    to ward off mosquitoes, ticks and even head lice.

  • Rose Geranium oil, pictured right, has tick repelling
    properties, though it's used primarily to encourage serenity
    and a balanced emotional state. In other words, ticks will
    hate it, but you will love it!

Remember that when using essential oils on dogs that dogs lick
their fur, but you can ward off by using drops of geranium oil on a
bandanna while you're out and about in the woods with him. Be
sure to consult your veterinarian. The same is true of the other
essential oils that will ward off ticks below...

#4: Fend off the ticks with Pennyroyal.
You will find pennyroyal a stimulating and cleansing oil.
Pennyroyal essential oil will fend of ticks along with chiggers,
fleas, files, gnats and mosquitoes.

A caveat is that pennyroyal is extremely powerful, so remember
that a few drops will go a very long way. Also please note that
pennyroyal is not for everyone. It's not for anyone who is
pregnant or lactating, and you should keep away from children
and pets.

While Pennyroyal oil (Hedeoma pulegiodes) is sometimes used as
a natural insect repellent for flea control on dogs and cats, we
suggest you refrain and find a better alternative as it's extremely
toxic for them.


#5: Tick off the ticks with the smell of Oregano Oil.
Plant based repellents have been used for the centuries to get rid
of bugs, but they usually wear off after a couple of hours. No
worries, because you can just bring your favorite essential oil on
the trail. Oregano oil is one of them.  Bugs don't like the strong
smell of
oregano oil, especially ticks, so go ahead and wear a
little oregano oil mixed with a carrier to detract and repel other
insects while outdoors.

#6: Wrap a gaiters around your ankles and wear
white socks.
The most important thing you can do is to wear gaiters to help
prevent the lyme-disease bearing little pests. Wearing white
socks and light colored clothing will make the ticks easier to see
and to then retrieve, should ticks find their way past the gaiters.

The Lymeez Tick Gaiters below offer a 12" high wrap. The air
mesh confounds ticks. Microencapsulated permethrin on each
fiber. More thorough, long-lasting and cost effective than sprays.
Best of all, the gaiters also repel mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers and
other mites.
Repelling Ticks Naturally
How to protect yourself from tick bites - naturally

Tiny vampires (ticks) want to suck your blood.
Ticks don't fly or jump, but these blood-sucking little monsters
sure know how latch onto a victim and ruin an outing. Did you
know that the victim usually doesn't notice the tick bite because
the sneaky little buggers have a kind of saliva that works like a
local anesthetic? It's only after the tick has had most of its fill
that a victim even notices something is wrong. Soon there will be
a burning sensation combined with itching and redness at the
bite site.

The tiny savage laps up a victim's blood for as many as two or
three days, latching its wicked barbed mouth into the skin to
secure the feeding. It's only after the tick's totally engorged and
satisfied with its blood meal that it lays its eggs and then falls
off to die. The cruel cycle then begins anew for the next
generation of vectors!

Ticks can cause a variety of diseases:
  1. Analplasmosis (bacterial)
  2. Babesiosis (protozoan)
  3. Bartonella (bacterial)
  4. Colorado Tick Fever (viral)
  5. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (viral)
  6. Cytauxzoonosis (protozoan_
  7. Ebola
  8. Lyme Disease (bacterial)
  9. Helvetica spotted fever (bacterial)
  10. Ehrlichiosis (bacterial)
  11. Meningogoccal Disease (including meningitis)
  12. Powassan Virus (viral)
  13. Relapsing fever (bacterial)
  14. Rickettsia
  15. Rocky Mountain spotted fever (bacterial)
  16. Rabies
  17. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (bacterial)
  18. Sever febrile illness (viral)
  19. Tick-borne meningoencephalitis (viral)
  20. Tick Paralysis (toxins)
  21. Tularemia (bacterial)
  22. Typhus (bacterial)

How to prevent ticks
Preventing tick bites naturally is possible and here's how:

#1: Ban the ticks with Essential oils

Peppermint essential oils.
Prevention is key and the first step is to ban ticks with natural
scents that repel them. Ticks hate
peppermint essential oil!

Tick Ban combines peppermint essential oil with other pure,
organic and natural essential oils, such as essential oils of
rosemary, Texas cedarwood, lemongrass, Himalayan cedarwood,
lavandin/lavender, rose geranium, and sweet marjoram. You can
feel good knowing that they are certified organic ingredients.

Be sure to spray
Tick Ban on your skin, as it will usually last 3-4
hours and longer on your clothing (results of 8-10 hours on cotton
socks are also possible).

Ticks hate peppermint essential oil:
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