Sulfur Tick Repellent

Ticks carry Lyme disease, rickettsia and other harmful diseases.
Ticks carry Lyme disease, rickettsia and other harmful diseases. (Image: Images)

There are hundreds of types of ticks, but few types interact with humans, pets and livestock. The ticks that do interact with humans and their animals can carry dangerous diseases. Sulfur tick repellent often is effective for keeping ticks at bay.


Sulfur tick repellent can repel ticks and most other bugs without presenting a hazard to humans, pets or livestock. While sulfur isn't the most pleasant smell to humans, ticks find it repulsive and will steer clear.


Sulfur tick repellent can be made at home using equal parts of baby powder, sulfur and cornstarch. Sulfur, available in powder form through many pharmacies, also can be used alone to repel ticks.


Sulfur tick repellent is most effective when sprinkled over high-risk areas. To use sulfur tick repellent on people, pets and livestock, pour it into an old sock and use it like a powder puff.

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