Ugh! Nasty, horrid little things! If you are grossed out by ticks, you have very good reason to be: Ticks feed on blood and are vectors (transmitters) of a whole list of evil diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, cytauxzoonosis, Tick paralysis, tick-borne meningoencephalitis and bovine anaplasmosis! (source: Wikipedia)
You do not want to be bitten by one of these little monsters. They are also quite fond of dogs and other animals.
Some of the chemical-based topical tick medicines have come under criticism and even ban, due to toxicity concerns: One product, containing phenothrin and methoprene has been withdrawn by the US EPA and other products contain warnings of adverse reactions.
We’ve found a web page that gives a great description of 2 home-made tick and flea repellants (one for humans, one for pets) that use herbs and natural ingredients.
Here is the link to the tick repellant recipes: