Looking for a way to combat ticks, but don’t want to use harsh chemicals? This DIY tick repellent spray is made using all natural ingredients and it’s really simple to put together. It’s a smart way to defend your family against those nasty ticks and the Lyme disease that they carry. Have you ever been bitten by a tick? Well, I have, and so have my kiddos.
How to Make DIY Tick Repellent Spray
In fact, I’m still sort of horrified about having to remove a tick from my daughter’s neck last summer. At just age five, she was scared to death and had to endure some pain during removal and afterward.
It was the tiniest little tick, but it left a nasty wound and a suspicious rash followed.
I was SO worried that my little girl had contracted Lyme disease from the tick bite as I watched a red ring grow around the site. Within just one day, the area had become infected and swollen. It was so painful for my little girl that she shed more than a few tears.
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Our pediatrician decided to prescribe a round of antibiotics to help heal the skin infection—an antibiotic that would also work against Lyme disease… just in case.
Luckily, Kara’s tick bite finally healed (though it left a raised bump and scar for almost a year), and she did not contract Lyme disease. Thank you, Lord.
Needless to say, I’m pretty vigilant about trying to prevent ticks from getting near my family. That’s kind of tough when you live in a very rural area like we do. It seems like ticks are just a part of country living, but I’m using this DIY tick repellent spray on our clothes, hats and shoes to help keep those yucky ticks away this summer.
As much as I despise ticks, I still don’t want to douse my kids with toxic chemicals. I feel safe using this DIY tick spray because it’s made with simple ingredients like apple cider vinegar, dried herbs and essential oil.
If you want to take an extra step to fight the tick population on your property, be sure to check out my posts on how to make tick tubes. I made a whole slew of DIY tick tubes this summer and I’m really hoping that it does some good infighting those nasty ticks this summer and beyond.
Grab the recipe for our DIY tick repellent below. If you make a batch, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @dearcrissy!
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender
- 2 tablespoons dry sage
- 2 tablespoons dry thyme
- 3 tablespoons dry rosemary
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil or 1 tablespoon dried mint
- 32 ounces of quality apple cider vinegar
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into a larger bottle or jar and then add in all of the dried herbs and oil. Stir well and tightly screw on the lid.
- Set in a dark place, but one you’ll see on a regular basis so you’ll remember to shake the jar daily. Do this for 2-3 weeks.
- Filter out the herbs and discard (I actually scattered ours around the wooded edge of our property line, figured it wouldn’t hurt!)! Store in the refrigerator until needed. When ready to use, add 1 part distilled water to 1 part vinegar and herb mix to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on clothing, shoes, hats and skin (avoid spraying directly on your face).