And now for something a little different…

Ticks are a problem. I hate them, you hate them, we all hate them. They’re gross, painful, and annoying. But they’re also dangerous. In the country, and even in some suburban areas, ticks are a costly nuisance, spreading Lyme disease and causing pet owners to rush to the stores to apply pesticides to their lawns and their animals.

Pesticides are a problem. They’re toxic to the soil and they’re toxic to animals – many animals have allergic reactions to the chemicals in such products as Frontline, and even if they don’t, the presence of those chemicals on the body of the animal a person pets and hugs is not really a desirable thing.


We’ve talked about natural solutions before, particularly keeping chickens and/or guinea hens. But two others have surfaced recently in our research and, since we have a dog now, they have become even more interesting to us than they previously would have.

1) Cedar Oil

Cedar oil is toxic to ticks, and there are natural tick prevention products (Wondercide is an example of one) that basically just use cedar oil. I’ve not tried them, but they seem to be effective from what I’ve read. I found a way to extract cedar oil from cedar bark, so I think we’re going to try to make our own homemade wondercide. We’ll blog about the results…

2) A Fungus

When all else fails, ask the microscopic world for help. This article reveals that scientists have found a fungus that kills ticks! A manufacturing plant has already been built to crank out this new, natural tick-icide called Tick-Ex. It should be available in 2014…patience…

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6 Responses to Ticks

  1. friendmouse says:

    If your “way to extract cedar oil from cedar bark” proves to be practical and efficacious, that might be an excellent product to sell at a certain Farmer’s Market! Of course, a “key” word in Farmer’s Market is “Market.” You’ll have to market the product, sir! A home-made brochure extolling the benefits of said product, along with a “directions for use”, all done in a colorful, becoming manner will, I’ll wager, bring the marketer handsome profits. Without benefit of knowing the associated production and packaging costs, I cannot determine a “suggested retail price,” but from a consumer’s perspective, I’d venture folks would pay $10 a bottle, with a money-back guarantee. And to get their money back, they need to bring their tick-infested pet to the next gathering at the Farmer’s Market. Well…maybe not. But you get the idea.

  2. friendmouse says:

    Oh, and one more thing…every successful marketer knows the value of “branding” and naming the product…it needs to be both descriptive/suggestive as well as “snappy.” Might I suggest “Rid-a-Tick-Tic.” Or, something else. And I’ll not insist on a cut of the profits were you to use said name. “Rid-a-Tick-Tic. Guaranteed to quickly turn your beloved pet from “Tick Bait” to “Tick Hate!” One application weekly is guaranteed to not only make your pet happier and healthier from being tick-free, but your pet will also smell better. All natural…no artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives, or frangances. Produced locally in the Missouri Ozarks. Guaranteed, or your money back!”
    Shoot! I’ll take 5 bottles!

  3. fearlessbirth says:

    I don’t know who “Friend Mouse” is, but he is a marketing genius! DO IT!

  4. Shane says:

    One of the side effects of lyme disease is joint damage. The worst part is that it’s hard to diagnose until it’s in it’s later stages and already done it’s joint damage. I read somewhere that the majority of people in the south with arthritis if they’re tested, have antibodies from lyme disease in their blood. Out west in Arizona they don’t have lyme disease because of a little fence lizard called sceloporus. They have a protien in their blood that kills lyme disease. Ticks bite them, ingest the lyme antigen, and are disinfected. There is a species of sceloporus that is native to the ozarks, the eastern fence lizard, but I haven’t seen very many. I was toying with the idea of introducing some to buff up the population on my land and thought I would share.

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