Ticks are an annoying parasite that seems to always find their way back into your life; especially if you have pets. They are among the worst pests to have, and you have to be careful how you handle them.
Ticks are small arachnids that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin. They feed on blood, and they typically live in fur and feathers of birds and animals. It is extremely common for your pets to acquire ticks because they are so drawn to their camouflaging fur. The fur on the back of a dog is the perfect safe haven for ticks. You have to be very careful about ticks because they carry many harmful diseases. If you ever find a tick you need to remove it immediately and be careful doing so. Because they attach themselves with a rough bite when you pull their bodies their legs will likely stay. But, removing the tick’s body will reduce your chances of catching a disease or infection.
The medications designed by animal pharmaceutical companies claim to be the answer to your pets tick problem, but they might also be the introduction to many more problems. They are composed of chemicals that can cause other health issues for your pets. Just last year, EPA released a warning regarding the flea and tick medications that go on the back of your pet’s neck. The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions — everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.
If you really want to get rid of ticks, rose geranium oil is going to be your best friend. While there are two varieties of this oil, you’re going to get the most use out of the rose geranium oil with the botanical name of Pelargonium capitatum x radians. All you need to do is apply a small drop of the oil to the back of each leg and wrist, and the neck and voila! The ticks will start to fall off one by one. You should also put a drop at the base of the tail for added assurance.