We have a new cat in our house this season and suddenly he just wants to be outside all the time. I didn’t grow up with cats, let alone outside cats so this is a little unnerving for me, being a person with anxiety. Especially now with the weather getting warmer and people all around talking about TICKS.
There are quite a few natural repellents for fleas and ticks but I am concentrating on those with lavender, lemon and tea tree oil. Other essential oils that are effective are citronella, cedarwood, rose, and peppermint.
Make sure to check out Crunchy Farm Baby’s household lemon spray for fleas and ticks. Lemon is also good for repelling ants and mosquitoes so it’s one thing that is a definite on my list for pest repellents this spring!
A sweet-smelling, all-purpose insect repellent, lavender essential oil performed well in recent studies as both a tick deterrent and a method of preventing tick eggs from hatching. Use lavender in soaps, lotions, spray repellents, potpourris and under cushions and rugs.
**A 2007 South African study found that formulas containing diluted lavender at rates of 10 to 20 percent lavender performed well as tick repellents when compared artificial DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) sprays.**
Sprinkle lemon oil around the home, including in potpourri bowls, under cushions and under pet beds, but don’t add directly to pet fur. The oil is safe to use in diluted form for human sprays, lotions and soaps, but it may make the skin more vulnerable to UV rays.
Tea tree is another essential oil that repels parasites including fleas and ticks. Tea tree oil can also help eliminate worms and fungal infections such as ringworm. Mix a few drops of tea tree with water and spray your dog daily to keep away ticks and fleas. **Do NOT use tea tree oil on CATS!!**