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Kick the Tick

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Just in time for summer, I found a recipe for repelling ticks and fleas for pets and people.

Here in Maine, ticks are a big deal. Every year people get lyme disease from catching ticks while spending time in the great outdoors.

Thanks to my friend, Darcy, for putting a spray bottle of this recipe together for us. Here it is:

Kick The Tick Spray

You need:
1 part water
2 parts distilled white vinegar
an HDPE spray bottle

Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar. The basic recipe above is enough to repel ticks from pets and people, but you can add more optional ingredients as I will show you below:

For pets, you can add almond oil, which contains sulfur, a tick repellent.

For both pets and people, lemon juice, citrus oil, eucalyptus or peppermint oil also repels fleas while making the spray smell fresher.

Spray on shoes, clothes, skin and hair before going outdoors. It should be good for four hours. Spray again if spending more time outdoors.

Spray all over dry pet fur before going outdoors. Take care not to spray eyes, nose, mouth and genitals.

Enjoy the warm weather, but check for ticks as soon as you get back indoors. Keep a tick removal tool in the first aid kit just in case.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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