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A few months ago my girlfriend and I took our dog Tucker and went Geocaching in the woods near our house. We had a great day finding caches and trading goodies, but when it came time for use to head home for the day we noticed a bunch of little black and red bugs crawling all over Tucker, TICKS!! Worse yet, after we found them on Tucker we started checking ourselves and sure enough they were all over us too! Now I’m not a big fan of most crawly things but I especially hate ticks, they’re gross, they want to suck my blood, and then could potentially give me a nasty infection or even infect me with Lyme disease so I feel that my hatred is completely justified. So after a round of the worst game ever, “Pick the Tick” I decided to hit the internet in search of something to keep these terrible little insects as far away from me and my loved ones as possible. Initially I found a lot of commercial tick repellents but once I read about the ingredients in these repellents I opted against the idea of coating myself in chemical pesticides every time I want to go for a walk through the woods. After ruling out commercial pesticides I started my search for natural alternatives and was amazed by what I found. Through my research I came across 3 different natural remedies that all have proven histories of being effective tick and insect repellents. These remedies were garlic, which I vaguely knew about from family members who were avid hunters and swore by the miraculous properties of garlic, neem leaf extract, which apparently has been used for centuries in India as a natural insect repellent, and citrus, which also has been shown to be an effective insect and tick repellent. So with these three potential remedies in mind I decided to create the ultimate natural tick repellent. I have been using my tick repellent since that fated day of Geocaching and I’m happy to report that after numerous excursions into the woods I have not had a single tick bite and have only found a few on my clothing, results that are far better than that first geocaching experience when I had to pluck 8 of the little devils off of me. Check out the following steps to see how to make and apply my natural tick repellent and to also learn about other methods of repelling ticks and lessening your chances of getting bit. I have also added a page detailing what to do if you do if you happen to find a tick attached to you or a loved one, so this Instructable should hopefully serve as your one stop destination for all things related to ticks. Reasons you should make natural tick repellent: Because it’s safe, you won’t have to cover yourself in chemical pesticides Because it’s easy, you can make in in your kitchen at home in about 30 minutes Because it’s cheap, all the ingredients will only cost you about 3 dollars. Because anything that is safe, easy, and cheap is worth trying at least once. Because ticks are gross and could potentially transmit terrible ailments like Lyme disease so anything that can keep them away from you is worth trying.
Full instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Natural-Tick-Repellent-and-Tips-for-Keeping-Ticks-/