How to Keep Ticks Off All Summer Long
We have all met those tiny pests named ticks. Ticks usually live in moist and humid environments, near or in wooded or grassy areas.
While we are doing outdoor activities like camping, gardening or hiking, we can come into contact with these pests. They can be really bothersome and uncomfortable as well.
Sadly, they are also dangerous. Why? Because they can infect people with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that lead to severe diseases. And, even worse, these pests may carry illnesses that can be fatal.
So, if you get a tick bite followed by fever or rash, you need to consult your doctor. However, tick prevention is the one safe way to be healthy and to avoid tick-borne diseases.
Showering after being outdoors is one of the ways in which you can lower the risk of getting tick-borne diseases, and you can also check for ticks and use repellents. This is a safe as well as an effective way to keep yourself safe.
In this article, we offer you a simple trick that can help you be safe from ticks when you are camping, hiking, or gardening. For this simple trick, you need lint roller (needs to be with adhesive layers) and high-quality essential oils.
You just need to carry the roller with you while you are doing outdoor activities and make sure to roll it on your clothes from time to time. Also, you should add essential oils to lower the possibility of ticks jumping on you while you are enjoying the nature.
It is recommended to spray some essential oils to your clothes and rub your skin to stop the ticks coming close to you. And, you can prevent mosquitos and black flies from causing you problems.
In order to minimize the bad chemicals of commercial repellents, you should use essential oils.
5 Essential Oils You Can Use as Natural Repellents
1. Lemon Essential Oil
This essential oil has limonene that is a compound effective against fleas and other insects. Make sure to dilute this oil with water before spraying your skin and clothes.
2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This oil can be used alone or combined with citronella as a great repellent. According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, eucalyptus can decrease the risk of infections and tick bites. (1)
3. Lemongrass Essential Oil
This oil is derived from the plant named Cymbopogon citrates which are a tropical lemongrass plant. It has a light citrus aroma, and it is a natural repellent that can be sprayed directly on your skin to keep you safe.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
This oil has a sweet scent, and it is a tick repellent. Insects do not like the aroma of the lavender oil. So, you can keep yourself safe from mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other insects while you are doing outdoor activities. (2)
5. Pennyroyal Essential Oil
This oil comes from pennyroyal which is an herb from the mint family. It is toxic to insects, and it is a natural repellent. In the video above you can see how you can prepare a bug spray at home using essential oils. (3)
Now, all you have to do is buy some essential oils, prepare yourself, and enjoy in nature while not being afraid of insects.