Stormy's StoryKeep ticks out of your lawn with a homemade tick insecticide.
Ticks feed on the blood of humans and animals. They live in tall grass and trees. They carry diseases like Lyme disease. Tick insecticides at the store may contain environmentally harmful ingredients and can irritate your skin. You can keep ticks out of your lawn by making your own tick insecticide and keep the parasites away so that you do not put your health at risk.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED:
1Neem Oil Insecticide
Combine one part neem oil with nine parts cool water.
Pour the solution in a spray bottle or a lawn
Spray areas of your lawn to kill the ticks.
2Essential Oil Tick Insecticide
Add 10 drops of clove and citronella essential oil to a lawn power sprayer.
Add ½ cup of cool water to the essential oil.
Keep adding the essential oil and water until you fill the power sprayer.
Stir the ingredients together to mix them well.
Spray the tick insecticide directly onto the lawn
3If you find one on a pet do not pull it out as it will loose its head and become infected. Instead touch it with a just blown out match and it will back out and you can then kill it
Crystal Klein crysklein - Aug 6, 2011
Great Idea! I even have neem oil. While your directions for pulling out ticks from pets (and people for that matter) are traditional, I have found those to be overly cautious. I lived for ten years in a wooded area near the Missouri River. From mid-May to mid-June, my dogs and the many stray dogs would often be thick with ticks...I always just pulled them off and tore them apart. I truly have pulled off thousands of ticks and only one time did the tick leave its head. I would be more in danger from burning myself or the dogs.
Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 6, 2011
Yes maybe so if the dog isn't use to it. Maybe a lighted match blown out would be better. My very short hair small dog I had wasn't a problem but my huskys would of lead me on a chase that wouldn't of ended well with out 4 people holding them down. I have used both in my day. The lighted match blown out just before so it is still hot workks the best and is the safest. You watch over your dogs and check regularly, some do not. A tick that is dug in will not let go and the match is the best. A tick that has just made its home on your pet will usually come off. Thank you for your input. I am changing the recipe to do only a blown out match for safety