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  1. mike0331

    mike0331 Member

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    ok it is the tick season... and the winter wasnt hard enough so i have the ticks on the puppies i was wonbdering ....besides front line are the any home remediesto try out ....yes i burned the woods :)
     
  2. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For animals that use a salt block we get a sulfer one for tick season.

    For the other animals we just check them over each day.

    For us humans we eat dried fruit that has sulfer used in the drying process.

    Edited to add I dont have a clue if sulfer really works, just a thing I was taught by my parents who where no doubt taught by some old timer.
     

  3. shepmom

    shepmom Well-Known Member

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    Passing this on from another list:

    http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/self/23
    I dug deep in my herbal formula books for this recipe out of desperation,
    given that I live in the epicenter of the tick-generated Lyme disease
    epidemic. I tested the essential oil that is recommended for ticks, Rose
    Geranium, by putting a few drops—no more!— on our dogs’ collars, to see if
    it would repel ticks. Lo and behold, we went from 20 ticks a day on each
    dog, to none. The second best essential oil for repelling ticks is American
    Pennyroyal (also called tickweed).



    Simple Solution:
    2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil (almond oil contains sulfur, a repellent
    in its own right)
    10 to 25 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
    Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; shake to blend.
    Makes: 2 tablespoons
    Shelf Life: 6 months

    Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, making sure to avoid eyes.

    Caution
    Skip the Pennyroyal if there is anyone pregnant (including pets) in the
    home, as it can induce miscarriage. And as always, use essential oils with
    caution as they can burn the skin and harm eyes. Don't use these essential
    oils around cats.

    Helpful Hints:

    Palmerosa is a sister essential oil to Rose Geranium, and also repels
    ticks. It is cheaper, and sometimes easier to find than Rose Geranium.
    Another good repellent that also worked on our dogs, is to eat garlic pills
    (but don't give garlic to cats). A number of people have written me to say
    that they have had good luck with their dogs and themselves, by keeping to
    the garlic pill eating regimen every day.
    The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) reported in
    their winter of 1996 Journal of Pesticide Reform that nymphal ticks are
    reduced from 72.7 to 100 percent when dead leaves are removed from the
    forest areas surrounding residential areas.
    ......................

    Haven't tried it out, we haven't had much problems with ticks on our dog. He's in a fenced backyard.
     
  4. LisaBug

    LisaBug Well-Known Member

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    Garlic powder. We start feeding it in early April (depending on the weather), one shake per two dogs I think. I'm not sure how it would work with dry food, probably fall off (our dogs think it's a treat, they eat it out of our hands) we feed kibble wet and the garlic powder is mixed in each feeding. Out of 19 dogs we've picked 3 or 4 ticks this year, didn't start the garlic early enough. Maybe it's something you could try.

    LisaBug
     
  5. We do the garlic as well. If we have meat juices leftover from dinner we add that to the dogs hard food (steamed vegie juice as well if no meat juice) and a sprinkle of garlic. Our dogs love this, just watch out for garlic breath after. We eat a lot of garlic in our foods...the one child that didn't is the only one to got ticks.

    garlic is also good for reducing colesteral, help lower blood pressure, natural anti-fungal/anti-biotic/anti-virual/anti-inflammatory/anti-intestinal parasital, can be some certain cancers prevenative, helps with ear issues (mix garlic oil and olive oil for ear infections/ear fungal infections ect), respatory issues ect. OVERALL health in both humans and animals...grandma was right when she perscribes a big bowl of homemade chicken soup (with garlic).