Ticks are ectoparasites just like fleas. Ticks feed on blood sucked from the hosts such as mammals and birds. Female ticks suck blood for them to lay eggs; male ticks on the other hand need to it in order to mate. After feeding on the hosts, the female ticks lay about 3000 eggs on the ground. The larvae feed on small mammals and birds, and detach themselves from the hosts to mold on the ground. They are usually found on the tips of grass blades and leaves waiting for a larger host to pass by where they can molt to adult. The cycle can take as long as one year depending on the climate; tick population explosion is favorable in humid and warm climate but ticks also need some moisture for metamorphosis.
Ticks can be very dangerous to your dog because they are carriers of serious diseases for dogs such as Babesia, Bepatozoonosis, Canine Hemobartonella, Ehrlichia, Relapsing Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Lyme Disease. Dog owners may also be bitten by ticks and irritate the skin. That’s why you need to get rid of ticks quick. If you have an active dog that loves the outdoors especially the forest, use a tick repellent to prevent it from ticks.
- A natural tick repellant that you can use is Rose Geranium. Combine 10 to 25 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil with 2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil like almond oil. In a jar, shake to blend. Apply a few drops of this mixture to your dog’s cloth collar and store the rest for at least 6 months. If your dog needs to go out of the house, apply again. You can also use American Pennyroyal (tick weed) but never use Pennyroyal when there is a pregnant being in your household.
- Homemade tick repellent made from essential oils can drive away those ticks. Using vegetable oil as base, combine it in 50-50 proportion with essential oils of lemongrass, tea tree, rosemary, myrtle, lavender and citronella. Apply the mixture in drops on areas where ticks are.
- Ingested tick repellent can drive away the ticks from making your dog a host. Put in one teaspoon of Brewer’s Yeast to your dog’s meal for every 30 pounds. You can also try feeding your pet one clove of raw garlic for every 30 pounds. The smell will deter the ticks from crawling to your pet.
- Linatone, a Vitamin A supplement can be a fine tick repellent; it also works in making your dog’s coat shiny.
- Organic tick repellent with active ingredient cedar oil is sprayed on the dog for fast tick removal. In no time,you will have no worries of ticks infesting your pet.
- Oil of camphor applied directly to the tick can kill the parasite. However, remember not to pull the tick out of your dog into pieces. It will irritate your skin.
- Spray with neem oil is easy to make. In a bottle use a funnel and pour 10 oz of aloe vera gel or jojoba oil; then, pour in ½ oz of neem oil. Cover the bottle with the lid and shake to completely mix the ingredients. Spray it on your dog’s fur alternately twice a month. Be careful not to spray on the dog’s face and private parts.
- Topical tick repellents bought over-the-counter are good for one-time application. With an applicator, use the whole tick repellent packet and apply the solution at the skin level between the dog’s shoulder blades and never on the dog’s hair. Wash hands immediately. One application is effective for one month. To control ticks, you can reapply each month. These include Frontline Plus, K9Advantix, Bio Spot On for Dogs, Proticall Insecticide, Revolution, Promeris, and Vectra 3D.
Remember that ticks are as hazardous as fleas on your dog. If you suspect that your dog has ticks, immediately use any of the suggested tick repellant that will possibly solve the problem. But because these parasites can reproduce fast, controlling ticks in your surroundings is imperative. Make a tick free zone like spreading diatomaceous earth where they cannot cross your yard. Do not let rubbish and leaves accumulate in your yard so that ticks will not have a breeding ground. Firewood should be piled where the sun can dry them so ticks won’t hide under. Just like fleas, it takes more than just a tick repellent to really keep your pet from ticks.