Because we had a pretty mild end to our winter, and there was no freeze to kill off hatching bugs, the creatures are out in full effect. Ticks, mosquitoes and maybe even some fleas are running rampant around here. And I think mom and dad might actually be getting tired of pulling ticks off of me or finding fully inflated ones lying on the floor.
It’s time to take action to keep these bugs off of me, and although there are some things you can buy like Frontline which work great, there are also health risks with Frontline that every human and pet should be aware of. So mom has decided to take action and mixed up some natural flea and tick repellant to spray on me.
She’s letting me share her recipe below — and I highly recommend you get a human to help mix this together. It is nearly impossible to get those little bottles of essential oils open with furry paws!
Natural Flea and Tick Repellant
What you need:
- One 16-ounce spray bottle
- Almost 8-ounces water
- Almost 8-ounces white vinegar (You need to leave about 1 tablespoon of space in the bottle for the essential oils.)
Now add the following essential oils:
- 1/2 teaspoon spearmint oil
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lavender oil
- 1/2 teaspoon citronella oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lemongrass oil
Shake well and frequently while applying. Use as needed. You will probably have to reapply this every couple of hours if you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, or if you pup is going in and out of the house a lot during the day.
Caution: Never use spearmint oil on or around pregnant or lactating dogs.
Hope this helps you keep the parasites at bay!!