Ticked Off.

Who else is already a little more than freaked out about the insane amount of ticks out there this season? I was hoping that week of super frigid temps we had way back in January would mitigate the numbers, but it turns out that’s not precisely how it works.

Evidently, when the pilgrim came to New England, they cut back wide swaths of the forest, which housed the deer the ticks LURVE. As our forests grew back, the landscape changed dramatically – our forests were chopped up and bisected by roads and farms, and essentially became breeding grounds for the mousies (technical term…) that host the Lyme-disease carrying ticks. And our longer warm seasons in the fall and spring make our exposure to the tick season even longer.

So, the ticks are all over. What can you do? Try my Haywood J. Buzzoff Spray. Seriously. It’s a natural, DEET-free spritz I make that works on keeping black flies (!), ticks and mosquitoes away. I spritz everything with it – me, my clothes, lawn furniture, screens, everything. It works great on humans two and up (I am just not comfortable advocating using essential oils on littles!) ┬áCanines are fine with it. Felines are NOT. (I don’t advocate any essential oils for cats…they don’t metabolize essential oils well and while they may be perfectly fine, all of a sudden may not be. Not worth the risk to me).

The spray is natural – no DEET, no alcohol, no preservatives, nothin’ but aloe, witchhazel and a concoction of 13 different essential oils I came up with that work.
And what’s cool is it smells pretty good – it’s kind of an herbaceous lemon smell that DOESN’T stink!

Now, if I could stumble upon the right blend that keeps the stupid deer flies/horse flies away…

~ Karen

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