Perhaps you know the effectiveness of traditional tick repellents, such as DEET and permethrin. Many families have begun to transition from chemical repellents to all-natural solutions. Do they work?
With more public awareness about tick-borne illnesses, effective tick control has become a standard health and safety regimen for Central Mass families. There are different methods of tick protection for at-home use, as well as solutions for use away from home. So, what repels ticks naturally?
Will natural tick repellents work effectively?
No matter your choice in tick repellent, you must know that nothing is 100% effective. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you perform a tick check on yourself, your kids, and your pets after spending time outdoors. This is especially important for your children and pets, as they are inherently more susceptible to a tick encounter. This is because they are more apt to make contact with tick habitats around your yard, and they are closer to the ground than full-grown adults.
If you are going to spend time outdoors with your family away from home, you might have considered nixing the DEET mist for an all-natural protection solution. There are a variety of store-bought and homemade tick repellent formulas, but the true effectiveness of these products is largely unknown. Of course, a small amount of efficacy is better than nothing, but you must be wary when choosing to make your own tick repellent mist before heading outdoors. Some of the ingredients suggested are cedar oil, citronella oil, tea tree oil, and even apple cider vinegar. Research scientific studies about what mixtures are safe and what might be most effective. It is not advisable to go on word-of-mouth recommendations about homemade solutions.
The CDC recommends using DEET and permethrin together for effective tick protection.
Traditional DEET will repel ticks when applied to your skin before spending time in nature. Ticks simply do not like DEET. Permethrin is not applied to the skin, but rather is used to treat clothing, shoes, and even camping gear to keep ticks away. It is a manmade chemical that mimics an all-natural chemical produced by plants to protect them from insects. Permethrin stuns ticks’ neurological system, effectively disabling them on contact. Most ticks will die from contact with permethrin. The CDC recommends using DEET on your skin and permethrin-treated clothing for the best protection from ticks.
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There are plants that repel ticks, but there is little chance that you will be able to control ticks around your home by planting lemongrass or other natural repellents. If you are in search of all-natural tick control that works, choose Mosquito Squad of Leominster’s all-natural tick repellent, which is made up of highly-concentrated essential oils. Our essential oil tick repellent mist also repels mosquitoes and can greatly reduce the number of ticks and mosquitoes around your home – 80%-85% in fact! You need only have your yard treated every three weeks.
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