I read an article in yesterdays Washington Post about using essential oils to keep ticks away from pets. The article suggested using lemon, sandalwood or cedar oils diluted in water, then spraying it over the dog or cat. I was wondering if anybody out there has heard of anything similar being effective for keeping ticks away from people? I was thinking about either mixing the oils in with my shampoo, or cooking up a batch of soap with the oils. Anybody out there have any ideas? Of course, I could nuke my yard with pesticides, but that would probably kill all of the cats, birds, deer and everything else that breathes within a quarter mile of my house. I use Frontline on my cat every month, so right now she has more protection from ticks than I do. Would the flea collar trick work (soldiers in Iraq wear flea collars around their ankles to keep sand fleas away), or is that just superstition? I've heard that neither frontline nor flea collars are 100% safe for cats, so if I find an essential oil solution that works, I'll probably use it on Mischief (my cat) as well. I just found out that I have Lyme's disease (better than rhumatoid arthritis, which is what I first thought I had), so I will need to take Doxycycline for a few weeks. Prevention is allways better than a cure with lots of oddball side-effects. I'm going to have to avoid sunlight like a vampire for the next month.