Dog got loose, brought home ticks. Ticks are showing up in the house months later - seed ticks. Have torn apart everything and used DE and cedar/neem oil spray. Vacuumed like a maniac and now tearing out carpet. Washed dog with neem. They are hiding and laying eggs somewhere. Can anyone help with a non-toxic solution? Please? Pyrethrim is a no-go, it's toxic. This is for my DD with two young children. She is on the ready to burn down her house.
Make a natural tick repellent. You can make a non-toxic tick repellent at home. Get a 16-ounce (475ml) spray bottle and start spraying!
Create a citrus based repellant. Ticks avoid citrus, which makes it an effective weapon. To make: Boil 2 cups of water, and add two chopped lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit—–alone or in combination. Let it boil for a minute or so, then simmer the concoction for an hour. Strain the fruit out, let it cool, pour into the sprayer, and squirt it on you, your kids, your pets and your yard—–anywhere ticks might like to go.
Other natural repellents use geranium, lavender, or peppermint essential oils. These are not safe for cats though, so avoid spraying the cat or indoor areas where the cat lives.
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Yes, it's not ideal, but it happens. Where we are there is a tick season, so alerts go up from February to October.
It's surprising that your clothing hasn't brought in ticks. It's not just a dog matter. We used a borrowed camper for a while and mice got into it, bringing in ticks. So be sure there are no mice under the floors or basement or attic.
Here's what we do:
Vacuuming seems to be the best defense. Citrus works for lots of things, so it's worth a go.
All clothing that has been worn outside goes straight into the washer, particularly socks and pants -- not a hamper.
No outdoor clothing in the bedroom.
Any clothing that isn't ready for the wash hangs in the bathtub. A tension rod over the middle of it.
Duct tape quickly available in the bathroom to catch them on, by the back door, in the car, or when a teeny tiny one goes across the computer screen.
If ticks are around, it's not really the dog's fault. It's just the location.
Bring the chickens inside? With little diapers on them? I'm trying to think like Bill Mollison. But in this case, my solution might be the problem. :>)
Bummer --- best of luck.
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