Natural Tick Repellents for Dogs


natural tick repellents

There are many products on the market that repel ticks but before you jump right in and make that purchase, consider the product’s ingredients.  Unfortunately, many products that exist on the market today are quite dangerous to our dogs. Those conventional methods of treatment such as sprays, ointments, and collars are essentially chemicals, pesticides. Pesticides can keep the ticks away but they are not always the safest option for your pet.

Some Natural Tick Repellents

There are natural tick repellents out there and it’s really worth it to give them a try.  Natural remedies such as essential oils and even herbs are known to keep those pesky ticks at bay.  Here’s a remedy we found on Natural Dog Health Remedies, which was adapted directly from The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care written by C.J. Puotinen.

Geranium/Bay/Lavender Oil Blend

Ticks will shy away from geranium, lavender, and bay, which are the ingredients of this amazing tick repellent.  It’s safe and natural way to keep the ticks away.


  • 20 drops of geranium, or a combination of geranium and rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • 7 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Bay (Pimenta racemosa)
  • 3 drops Citronella
  • Vodka, or neem tincture
  • 1 cup of Distilled water
  1. Dissolve the oils completely in 2 tablespoons of vodka or tincture.
  2. Once there is no longer evidence of a thin film across the top of the mixture, add a cup of distilled water.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Apply the mixture, as needed, to your dog’s back, chest, neck, legs and tail.

Please note: Never apply undiluted oils to your pet’s skin or coat.

how to repel ticks naturally

For an easy to apply, herbal powder, try this:

Eucalyptus Herbal Powder

By mixing equal parts of the following dried herbs, you can keep ticks and fleas at bay.  Once you combine the ingredients, just put them in a shaker jar and apply as needed.

  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Yellow Dock

While a natural, holistic approach is always preferred, don’t feel guilty if you need to combine conventional methods along with holistic methods when attempting to keep ticks at bay.  We can all agree that the goal is to keep our pets free from the diseases associated with ticks, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Have you tried any natural tick repellents? Sound off below!

Caroline Kellam

Caroline Kellam

Caroline Kellam is the co-owner of PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services and a huge animal lover. She and her husband, Brian, share their home with six (yes, you read it right, six!) rescued dogs and three cockatiels (one of which was found on a neighbor's roof). She would love to have a cat or two as well, but the dogs (and the birds) will simply not stand for it.
Caroline Kellam

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