Debra Lynn Dadd

Tick Invasion

QUESTION:

We are having a tick epidemic here in the Tampa Bay Area. I have found several on me but none on the dogs yet. Other dog owners are also becoming quite concerned about the amount of ticks they are pulling off their animals on a daily basis.

I do not spray my house or yard with pesticides. We use diatomaceous earth outside for fleas and have had no problems. I am told that has no effect on ticks.

Do you have any suggestions for treating the yard? I also do not use commercial flea control on the dogs. Just natural foods and essential oils topically.

I am concerned because I did have Lyme disease and one was found imbedded in me. I don't know the bigger risk - pesticides or threat of disease. I also have had environmental poisoning. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

POSTED BY TERRI AUDINO DLUHY :: FLORIDA USA :: 10/02/2007 10:02 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

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Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Did research on this years ago.

Rose geranium essential oil is supposed to be a deterent. Don't recall how much to use, but it is strong. Add it to vodka in a spray bottle and spray on.

Make sure you get pure "rose geranium" essential oil. It is NOT the same as rose. It is a type of scented geranium. I did see it listed in various "natural" pest repellants, too, by the way. It is likely the "active ingredient" in these products which often contain a lot of other junk you don't need.

Some companies make soap with this as a main ingredient.

We have a bottle of this oil in our first aid travel kit along with a tiny spray bottle with vodka in it. The idea is you can spray it on the same way people spray "bug spray" on.

It IS very strong, so make sure you and yours "testdrive" it first to make sure you all tolerate it.

POSTED BY JULIEN :: NEW YORK USA :: 10/05/2007 11:56 AM


I saw this product, Flea n Tick B Gone referred to on the Dr. Weil website, and I have found it on this website
www.arbico-organics.com/1452501.html

This is what they say about it:

INGREDIENTS Filtered water, a proprietary blend of enzymes derived from natural plant sources. Made in USA.

NOTE Flea n Tick B Gone does not contain harmful pesticides or chemicals, such as DEET, pyrethrins, synthetic pyrethroids or permethrin, all of which can be harmful and irritating to your pet, the person applying them and our environment.

POSTED BY SAMANTHA :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 10/05/2007 12:13 PM


Please do tick control immediately. Someone I know recently died from disease he got from Tick bite. He was a very healthy outdoor-loving individual, too, no sign of any disease/illness/health problems before that. He died within 72 hours after getting bitten.

POSTED BY IRIS :: :: WWW.TASTEFULLYSIMPLE.COM/WEB/HHAN :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 07/22/2008 7:28 AM


You can also get a Lyme's disease vaccine for your dogs every year in addition to their regular vaccines to help protect them.
I've also read that the rose geranium oil works but shouldn't be used on dogs with seizures.

POSTED BY COLLEEN :: WEST VIRGINIA USA :: 06/03/2009 7:35 AM


NEEM OIL!!!! Check out the Organix-South website. Works on all kinds of pests, yet I use the oil as a nighttime moisturizer! The odor takes some getting used to, but the results are worth it.

POSTED BY KSS :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 06/10/2009 2:22 PM


Last year I was looking for something non-toxic to treat my yard for fleas and ticks. I looked on line, and found a product called Anti-Fuego, which is made from non- toxic food and feed grade products; specifically a mixture of molasses, orange oil, phosphoric acid, urea & water. Originally, it was developed to eradicate fire ants, but works on other insects as well. I did not seem to have any difficulty with this problem (and I have severe MCS), and it seemed to do the job well. I haven't had any problems with fleas or ticks in my yard so far this year, and have yet to spray. The company that sells it is Garden-Ville, out of Texas, and they boast of an organic, non-toxic approach to gardening. The website to purchase it is: www.garden-ville.com. You can also read more about it's development,usage and application rates at: www.malcolmbeck.com/products/anti-fuego.htm

POSTED BY LAUREN :: TENNESSEE USA :: 06/10/2009 2:40 PM


As a Lyme sufferer and dog owner, I know your plight. Had great luck last year with concentrated garlic liquid from mosquitobarrier.com. There is info about ticks and many happy customer testamonials. I'm just another satisfied customer, I have no ties to the company=)

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: We tried this too, but it didn't work for us. I wonder why. I would really like to find a nontoxic solution for mosquitoes. I know of personal repellants that work well, like vinegar, but that doesn't work when I'm in the pool.


POSTED BY GABBY :: MICHIGAN USA :: 06/10/2009 2:57 PM


This is being passed down from a groomer friend of mine. She swears by it. I just need to get a couple more essential oils, which I keep forgetting at the health food store.
Elizabeth

This "recipe" I'm about to share was posted (I wish I could remember where!) as a spray against mosquitoes. This stuff is actually killing the ticks on the dogs.... I'm finding them on the floor, dead or dying, in the mornings. (yuck)

Add 8 or 9 drops of each of the following essential oils to a 24-oz. spray bottle filled with water.
Tea Tree
Rosemary
Sage (any kind)
Cedarwood
Peppermint
Sweet Orange
Eucalyptus
Citronella
Pine Needle.

Or 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water.

Dogs will smell lovely (mostly peppermint), and it should work nicely to deter the tiny livestock.

POSTED BY ELIZABETH :: WEST VIRGINIA USA :: 06/10/2009 3:06 PM


Essential Oil's recipe for ticks - can you use this recipe on cats as well? I have found this year to be especially bad for ticks & fleas and living in the woods dosen't help.

POSTED BY DEB ROTH :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 06/15/2009 10:24 AM


No, NO, NOOOO, not on cats-they will get liver failure and die. I believe that there is something else that happens to their system. I would have to look it up and get back to you. I use food grade DE on my cats and feed them a healthy diet of raw food-it has made a difference. Took a while to get them over to raw but they are doing well now.

POSTED BY ELIZABETH :: WEST VIRGINIA USA :: 06/22/2009 7:25 PM


This does seem to be a busy bug season in Florida with all the current rain. Even though I have no houseplants, my cat had a terrible problem with mites or fleas recently(I hope they are not the tiny dot-sized microticks); she is always indoors; could not find the source. Last night I removed the suction cup window-attached clear plastic cat-grass holder made by Smart Cat and discovered at least one big large roach in the potting medium, and the black plastic container insert was crawling with tiny insects of some kind. We are both itching. The company did not want to hear about it. Since she spends most of her time near the growing device and the infestation seemed to blossom at about the same time, it might be wise to carefully consider what really gets released into the home in those compressed soil pellets. There is no way to tell if the growing medium had been sterilized or not, and the company was not willing to release info. So cat grass growers, beware. I am wiping everything down with diluted white vinegar for starters and then heading down to somewhere for affordable DE (diatomaceous earth), and then laundering all the fabric on which she was lying.....

POSTED BY JA :: FLORIDA USA :: 06/24/2009 7:04 AM


I have begun a multiple prong attack on ticks on my 3 acres. Eliminating or minimizing ticks in early stage seems to be the best place to begin. They have a two year life cycle with the nymph (the size of a pin head and able to transmit disease) feeding on mice, chipmunks, squirrels. Damminix tick tubs contain cotton permeated with pyrethrins that mice use for nesting. It doesn't harm the mice but the nymph ticks can't live on them. I figure the pyrethrins are in limited amounts in the cotton, not quarts and gallons of it sprayed over the property. Deer are a problem here and I am using concentrated garlic liquid from mosquitobarrier.com because they don't like the odor which dissipates in a day for humans and it's supposed to kill ticks on contact but on shrubs and grasses getting every inch is impossible. To work for mosquitos it must either come in direct contact with the mosquito or be mixed with soy oil and sprayed onto water surface. Wonder if the soy oil sprayed onto water would work just as well? I use Mosquito Dunks in water. Thanks Elizabeth for the recipe.

POSTED BY SHERRYL :: MARYLAND USA :: 06/29/2009 8:46 AM


CAT GRASS GROWERS BEWARE: Regarding two posts ago about Smart Cat cat grass... Two days after I posted this my friend told me she had been to Petco (not the independent store I had bought my contaminated stuff from) and looked at some brand of just-add-water cat grass. She looked closely at the sealed package and saw the same thing, the dry packaging and medium inside crawling with tiny vermin: ticks, mites, fleas -- it was not possible to tell what was in there without an entymologist's analysis -- all very small so that the average unaware consumer would not notice it. People need to know that ticks these days often are that size or smaller, and most carry multiple infections that are hard to eradicate once a person ignores a bite, which may not show symptoms for years. Many people do not even know they have been bitten, even after presenting with multiple or mysterious symptoms years later. Dr. Kerry L. Clark of the University of Florida has published a Summary of Tick Borne Disease Agents in Florida; I have the research paper on my desk, and it proves that Florida indeed has infected ticks. One cannot be too careful. For more info on the extent of Florida Lyme, go to www.lifelyme.org, an invaluable and for me lifesaving website. The award-winning documentary UNDER OUR SKIN has just been released to theaters, and some of it may be accessed on YouTube or other sites for public education. Persistent Undiagnosed Lyme can lead to the neuroendocrine disorder MCS and all kinds of other EI.

POSTED BY JA :: FLORIDA USA :: 07/03/2009 3:06 PM


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