A natural tick repellent is a must have when camping. These ticks can range in size, from the tip of a pin to 1/8". Most of the ones in the woodsy areas are brown. They will get on you while just walking around.
Ticks like to hang out in the woods and in grassy areas of the campsite. They are even on trees and can survive in the pebbles of the camping pad. Once on you, they look for a good hiding place to take up residence on your body.
Most of the time, you will see them on your shoes or socks right after you walk through some grass or even through the woods while looking for firewood.
They tend to crawl up, so when you take your shower, check yourself in body creases such as behind your knees or under your arms.
Some of them may not even been seen but when you start to itch in an area, look closely for a pin tip sized tick.
It will be a brown spot on your skin. They bury their head in your skin and feed.
Pulling them off can be tricky.
The main thing to remember is to use tweezers and grab them as close to the skin as possible.
You want to be sure to get the head out. That is where the damage to your health is at risk. If you can't get the head out, seek medical attention. Ticks can cause serious illnesses if not treated properly.
Check your children often. They get to playing and don't think about things like that. Show them a tick and what to look out for. If they play in the sand at the playground, you may want to check them as ticks will live in sand also.
Some tick repellents you buy are very expensive, and you don't know what kinds of chemicals you might be getting, too.
You can make some yourself that are just as productive and possibly safer.
One main ingredient to keep on hand in your camper is vinegar.
Ticks don't like the smell of it (I know why!), so it is a great natural tick repellent.
If you bring a pet to the campground, they will be targeted by ticks first. Treat your pet before you let the out in the open.
A simple way to treat them is to spray them down using a spray bottle with a solution of 1 cup of water with 2 cups of distilled vinegar.
Spray every area of them starting with their feet and going all the way up to the body. Include the belly side and the tail. Don't spray around the face. They may put up a fuss, but you will want to let them in your camper tick free.
You may need to spray them several times a day depending on how often they go outside and if they get in the water and wash off the first spraying you did.
You can use the same mixture for you and your family.
To keep the stout smell of vinegar down, use a good smelling bath oil or natural essential oil, such as peppermint or citrus. Just add drops into the bottle until you have a fragrance you are comfortable with.
Be sure to spray this natural tick and mosquito repellent on all exposed skin areas, shoes and socks, pants legs and shirts.
Your kids may not like to be sprayed down, so spray their clothes before they put them on in the morning.
You will need to spray them every 3-4 hours as the scent will wear off.
Be sure to check them closely when they come to the camping site for anything crawling.
Kids and dogs are prime targets for the woodsy critters that like to attach to you as you walk along, and mosquitoes are just as dangerous as ticks.