A suggestion for Tick repellent for dogs (and their humans)
2 cups distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
20 drops of peppermint
Add to a spray bottle it repels ticks and fleas.
Only there is no information on how long it lasts, what strength the peppermint “source” should be, and everything (except water) can cause a reaction on dogs (and their humans) with sensitive skin.
Personally I’m not a fan of natural when I can get the real stuff i.e. CHEMICALS!
CAUTION DANGEROUS ADVICE.
CHECK WITH A VET BEFORE USING ANY OF THIS ON DOGS
Let alone their humans.
So that would be DEET based insect repellents.
The other is Permethrin (crawling insect powder) liberally sprinkled on the dog’s human’s clothing after sealing up the gaps. Permethrin, as used in some military clothing for just that purpose.
As for the dog?
Permethrin can cause toxicity in smaller dogs and puppies.
BUT if you can get vet grade 10% strength permethrin, Dilute 1 part concentrate to 99 parts water (1.28 ounces per gallon) (0.05%). Using protective gloves (mitts), wet the animal by dipping or spraying. Reapply every 30 days, if necessary.
As stated, check with your vet first!
My bottom line?
Carry out a minimum of a twice daily check for the critters if you are working within a tick hazardous zone.
What to do if you find a tick?
GET THE DAMN THING OFF ASAP!
ONLY DON’T JUST PULL THEM OFF YOURSELF OR YOUR DOG.
That will leave the head parts embedded in your skin.
A recommended form of removal is to grip the tick with a pair of tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pull with a slow steady motion. Do not grip the tick around the abdomen as you risk squeezing any organisms within the parasite into your bloodstream. Nor is it advised to twist the tick the idea is to twist the jaws OUT.
The BEST WAY is to use a simple tick hook.
Obtainable from most veterinarian offices or eBay.
Incidently, I was reading this ‘interesting’ thought on tick removal.
“Don’t use a cigarette to burn the ticks off, it can cause them to ‘throw up’ onto your skin”. If true is does add another “health risk” of using cigarettes.
And finally “the use of alcohol dripped onto the tick can put them into ‘spasm’ “, which apparently is also bad if the jaws are locked tight.
To avoid ticks
Wear closed boots with long trousers tucked into your socks or gaiters.
Also be sure to spray your clothes, possessions and person with insect repellent . DEET is recommended, I also use Permethrin heavily rubbed into my lower clothing.
Once home, change out of your clothing and check yourself (or buddy up).
Ref: Why being shy may kill you
Remember it usually takes a few hours for a tick to lock on.