Natural tick repellent

It is that time of the season where the warm weather is just returning and the bugs are starting to come out!

Yesterday Sunday 17 March 2019 was the first day this year we found a tick!

Today I will be making a tick repellent for my dog Angus.
I did a little research to see ingredients were needed, and found a few options:

Repellent for Pets: Add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

Essential oil recommendations:
tea tree
rose geranium

Essential oil recipe

15 drops Lavender essential oil
15  drops Cedar essential oil
A spray bottle
1 cup of water

1.) Add 30 drops of essential oils in total to one cup of water.
2.) Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
3.) Shake the bottle well and then spray on your dog.

Carrier oil recommendations:
Dilute Concentrated Essential Oils
Dilute with a carrier oil before applying on your dog. Be sure to use a carrier oil such as:
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil
Avocado Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Almond oil
Use 5-10 drops and dilute 80-90%.


Some essential oils are toxic to our pets.
Find out which essential oils you should not use when making your home made insect repellent:

Tick repellent recipes:

About ticks in BC:

How to remove ticks:


2 thoughts on “Natural tick repellent

  • March 19, 2019 at 2:55 am

    what are carrier oils,Angela? And does your pooch like the spray you made?W

    • March 26, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Will: Essential oils are more concentrated than carrier oils and are often too strong to apply directly to the skin. Because of this, they are frequently diluted with a carrier oil or water for most other purposes.
      Angus is fine with the spray, and it seems to new working…no ticks! I also spray my clothing when we go out as well. Much better than using harsh chemicals or medicines!

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