Ticks, which carry Lyme disease, present a great danger to humans and pets. There are many products on the market that offer protection from these pests, but most contain a plethora of chemicals. It is possible to make a homemade tick repellent formula with garlic that is not harmful to humans, pets or plants. With some common household items, you can successfully protect your family, pets and garden from potentially dangerous ticks and other bothersome insects.

Finely mince 3 ounces of garlic.

Pour 2 teaspoons of mineral oil into a small bowl.

Mix garlic into the mineral oil and allow to soak overnight.

Fill a spray bottle three-quarters full with tap water.

Add 1/4 ounce (one squirt) of dish detergent to the spray bottle of water.

Add the garlic and mineral oil mixture to the spray bottle.

Cover the opening of the spray bottle and shake well.

Do a test squirt into the sink. If the minced garlic is inhibiting the spray, you may want to strain the liquid and return the remaining solution to the spray bottle.

Spray the repellent onto skin or pets to kill and repel ticks.


This repellent also works for killing and repelling mosquitoes and other insect pests.


Be careful not to spray the repellent near eyes, nose or mouth.