During warmer months, tick and flea infestations on pets are quite common. When ticks aren't feeding off pets, they are rapidly multiplying in moist areas of the yard. While some homeowners use toxic chemicals to repel and kill ticks, others use organic methods. One such natural product that is readily available and affordable is garlic.
A member of the Allium genus, garlic has been valued since ancient times for its antibiotic properties. It contains hundreds of minerals, amino acids, vitamins and enzymes that deoxidize and help heal ailments. Garlic is also used to repel ticks. The smell and taste of garlic is disliked by ticks. Apart from ticks, garlic also repels and kills flies, mites, fleas and mosquitoes in the yard.
Homemade Garlic Spray
Garlic spray is easy to prepare at home. Use to peeler to peel 3 garlic bulbs. Pulverize the garlic bulbs by blending them thoroughly. Through a sieve, pour the pulverized garlic and strain the juice into a cup. For every 1/4 cup of garlic juice, mix 1 cup of water. Pour the liquid into a sprayer and use it to coat all areas of the yard.
Garlic is an effective antibacterial and antiseptic solution that is harsh on ticks. Mist the garlic solution on the yard and coat the lawn completely. Once the tick invasion begins, repeat the garlic treatment once every four days for about seven weeks. The garlic spray not only repels ticks, it suffocates and kills adults and their eggs. Mix garlic in the pet's diet regularly to provide additional vitamin B. The garlic smell emitted by the pet's skin is disliked by ticks.
Do not spray excess garlic on the lawn, since it sometimes causes bare batches and burnt grass. Also avoid spraying garlic directly on plants, flowers and leaves. Add garlic in small quantities to the pet's diet, as many animals do not like the smell of garlic in food.
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Tom Don has been a freelance writer and editor since 2005. He covers topics such as small business, health and fitness for various online publications. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Science in website administration from Johns Hopkins University.