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Ten best tick repellents

Ugh… Ticks!

We were out last week on a trip and the ticks were so bad. It was like they were just falling out of the sky onto us. Everyone of us was constantly pulling ticks off, even after applying repellent.

We ended up shaving our Saint Bernard when we got home just to get all the ticks off of him and that was with using Frontline. All the ticks were dead on the dogs but still we had to pull them all off. Yuck!

They are definitely out in full force this year so be prepared.

In a timely fashion I received an article in email that listed the top 10 tick repellents so I thought I would share them with you. I am not a tick expert, don’t care to be a tick expert but thought I would just share the information in case you find it helpful. To me the best kind of tick is a dead one. We even had a conversation around the campfire on the last trip as to why we thought ticks were created, what purpose did they serve…. We did not come up with an answer.

But nonetheless here are the repellents that may be helpful.

Obviously first and foremost know your surroundings. Know where you are most likely to pick up ticks and avoid those areas. Also reapply tick repellent often and be sure to check constantly for ticks on you. Don’t forget about those crevices either, they like to hide there.

You can snag most of these repellants on Amazon or at your local store.

Here are the ten best tick repellents that this article recommended.

  1. Ben’s 30 percent DEET tick and insect repellent

  2. OFF Deep Woods

  3. Cutter Backwoods Insect Repellent

  4. Natrapel 12-hour mosquito, tick and insect repellent

  5. Sawyer Products Premium insect repellent with 20 percent Picaridin

  6. Avon SPF 30 bug guard cool n fabulous lotion

  7. Repel Insect Repellent mosquito wipes 30 percent DEET

  8. Cutter Lemon eucalyptus insect repellent pump spray

  9. Coleman naturally based diet free lemon eucalyptus insect repellent

  10. Repel plant based lemon eucalyptus insect repellent

No matter what you use just be sure to reapply several times and also be diligent about checking yourself, your family and the pets.

Fun fact in case you didn’t know, ticks on pets will continue to suck the blood until this weird sac forms around them. It will look extremely gross and you won’t be able to tell it was a tick until you pull it off of them. I have had this happen twice now on our big dog and it was disgusting. He just has so much hair that unless we shave him it is hard to find them all. So if you are petting your dog and feel a weird sac thing hanging off of them, it may very well be a tic that has been there for a while.


Happy Camping!


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