Ticks are not only annoying, they are hazardous. Many species of ticks carry disease, such as Lyme disease. Ticks spread via pet to person, or person to person. In areas where there is a high concentration of ticks, prevention should be practiced. If you are a home or pet owner, you may wish to resort to natural remedies to eliminate ticks in your home and on your pet.
Things You'll Need
- Latex Gloves
Killing Ticks with Natural Ingredients
Purchase a large volume of salt at your local grocery store. Spread a thin layer on your furniture, a medium layer on your floors and windowsills, and a thick layer on your carpet prior to going to sleep at night. When you wake up in the morning, vacuum the salt from the furniture, floors, and windowsills. Remove the carpet cleaner bag and place in a sealed bag and dispose of it in the garbage can. Leave the salt in the carpet for one week before vacuuming, and repeat the process for bag disposal. Salt will kill larvae and eggs, and the coarseness of the salt tears away at their bodies until they come apart.
Salt can also be applied to your pets. Using laytex gloves, apply and rub salt into your pet's skin.
Gather all infested clothing and place in a mesh bag and place in your dryer. Dry on hot heat for 30 minutes. Remove the clothing and wash in your washing machine, using hot, soapy water. Be certain to wash all pet bedding regularly.
To get rid of ticks in your yard, mow your lawn and keep it short. Fill any cracks and crevices in the cement that ticks may hide in. Mix basil with water and use as a spray in the yard.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also add a little apple cider vinegar to your pet's water. This is not a factual cure, but a remedy which many pet owners practice
- Remove any ticks on your pet by using a pair of tweezers. Hold the tweezers, without squeezing the tick's body and pull. Be certain that you are wearing laytex surgical gloves when checking and removing ticks from your pet. Have a jar handy that you can put the tick in for both identification and disposal.
- To dispose of the tick, once it is removed, hold it with the tweezer and put a match to it for a few minutes. Immediately wrap in tissue and flush down the toilet.
- Ticks carry diseases. If you have been bitten by a tick, it is important to identify the tick and save it for future need, should you begin to show symptoms of a tick related disease. Place the tick in a jar of alcohol and seal the lid. If symptoms arise, schedule a visit with your physician, taking the tick to the appointment with you.
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