DIY Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs

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. Here’s a Natural Essential Oil Tick Repellent for Dogs that can work when you want to use natural pest control.

tick repellent for dogs

There are quite a few natural essential oil tick deterrent ideas but I am concentrating on just a few these days!

Lemon for Natural Tick Repellent

Sprinkle lemon essential 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 sprays, lotions and soaps, but it may make the skin more vulnerable to UV rays. Lemon essential oil contains the compound limolene, which is considered especially effective against fleas which pester cats.

lemons for flea and tick repellent

You can make this easy 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!

Household Lemon Spray for Ticks and Fleas

– 3 lemons
– 3 cups water
– 1 ½ cups vinegar (white or apple cider)


  1. Cut and juice the lemons. Slice the lemons and place into a large pot. Use a fork to mash the lemons a little so they release some of their juices.

    The active ingredient in citrus fruits that deters and kills fleas is found in the rinds, and juicing the fruit with a fork will also help to break up the rinds.

  2. Boil the lemons in water over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let the lemons simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and let the lemons soak in the water overnight, or for about eight hours.
  4. Strain out the lemons and discard, saving the water.
  5. Add the vinegar to mixture and pour it into a spray bottle.
lavender for flea and tick repellent

Lavender Essential Oil Tick Repellent

A calming, all-purpose insect repellent, lavender essential oil works well 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. Lavender also works for fleas!

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.

If you do happen to get bit by a tick, watch this video to learn how to properly remove them.

Tea Tree Oil for Fleas and Ticks

Tea tree oil essential oil tick repellent is another way to 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.

**Ask your vet before using tea tree oil on cats!**

There are so many tea tree oil uses and fleas and ticks are just one!

Natural Essential Oil Tick Repellent for Dogs

2oz olive oil
5 drops tea tree oil
10 drops cedarwood
10 drops citronella
10 drops lemongrass
10 drops lavender

Mix in spray bottle and spray on dog’s harness and behind ears.

Do not use geranium on dogs as it is toxic.

Other for Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs Ideas

Some other oils that will help to ward of fleas and ticks are cedarwood, citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus. You can even blend some of these together. Click here to learn more about essential oils.

Flea and Tick Repellent for Cats and Dogs

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  1. Could you share a link to the south african study please? I’m looking for actual study results, not just word of mouth. Thank you so much!

  2. Great post! I did have a question though that I am hoping you can answer. Is it possible to get addicted to essential oils? I mom was asking me and I’m trying to find out for her. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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