We have been trialling a natural tick treatment as opposed to using chemicals, which we don’t use. Aniforte brewers yeast was recommended and for the past 5 weeks, Ruby has been having her dose mixed into her meal. She doesn’t seem to mind, still licks her bowl clean. It took about 10 days before she was completely tick free.
Before we started her on it, she had a couple of weeks where we removed 5 each week and some each week all the time before that. Since being on the yeast, she had her first tick the other day. Unfortunately none of the gadgets we had were small enough to deal with it and the head was left in but the tick was dead before we attempted to remove it. We killed it by applying one drop, close to but not covering it, with the liquid mentioned below.
A secondary back up, used just occasionally, is 10 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil, mixed with 100 drops of almond oil. We put just one drop on our finger, and dab it on the back of her neck and base of her tail. It smells gorgeous, like rose Turkish delight.
Some dogs can’t tolerate yeast and others react to the rose geranium but I think people were using it neat, so be careful.