9. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil also works as a natural repellent for ticks. The oil will suffocate the ticks, ultimately killing them.
- Combine 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, 10 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Stir the mixture well.
- Apply it on your pet’s body using a cotton ball.
- Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
- Comb the fur thoroughly before giving your pet a bath.
- For best results, repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
10. Dog Tick Collars
Dog tick collars can also help repel ticks to prevent a tick infestation, especially in the areas around the head, ears and neck.
There are several brands of dog tick collars available in the market. You can ask your vet to help you choose the right one.
To allow the chemicals to reach other parts of the skin, the collar should be worn in such a way that it is in with the skin. Also, make sure that there is enough room to allow two fingers under the collar.
Watch the dog for any signs of discomfort, such as itching and scratching, to make sure your pet is not allergic to the chemicals in the collar.
- You can also use tick repellent powder to get rid of ticks. You can ask your vet for the brand and type and follow the instructions.
- Another option is to use medicated shampoos to keep ticks at bay.
- Some people also use rubbing alcohol to help remove ticks from pets but it is not recommended to use rubbing alcohol on your pet’s skin.
- Whenever you return from a morning walk, do not forget to comb your pet. It will help sweep off ticks and prevent irritation.
- Thoroughly vacuum your home, including the corner areas. This will help remove any ticks or larvae present.
- Use hot water to wash blankets, bedding and other items used by your pet.
- Keep your pet away from bushy or wooded areas.
- Remove all the litter, including fallen leaves and weeds, from your lawn.