7 Natural and Effective Ways to Get Rid of Ticks in Your House

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Written by Patrick MacFarland

Published: April 13, 2024

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There are so many creatures that exist in this world. Animals like elephants and cheetahs are some that humans love to learn about. But then there are other animals that humans usually tend to hate. For example, cockroaches are one of the most loathed creatures on this planet.  Likewise, ticks are also quite hated. but ticks are also dangerous. These parasitic arachnids are usually very small but they feed on the blood of animals, including humans. These ticks carry diseases that can be life-threatening to humans. But what happens if you have ticks in your house? How can you get rid of them? Let’s take a look at seven natural and effective ways to get rid of ticks in your house.

Use Tick Repellents

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Using tick repellents is a smart way to get rid of ticks in your house.

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There are various tick repellents out there that can be quite effective in getting rid of ticks. They are also natural. For example, if you use essential oils, ticks will go insane. They hate the smell of essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, and other types of essential oil odors.  You can also buy neem oil. Rubbing some of it on any exposed skin will repel ticks, but it can also help detach them.

Keep Your Lawn Clean

Dangerous deer tick and small child legs in summer shoes on grass. Ixodes ricinus. Parasite hidden on green leaf and little girl foots in sandals on lawn in nature park. Tick-borne disease prevention.

If you keep your lawn cut and clean, ticks are less likely to congregate.


Messy or uncut lines can lead to a lot of problems. You will not only attract ticks, but you also attract other invasive creatures. If you keep your lawn clean, tidy, and nicely cut, it will ensure that takes don’t roam around. Another good tip to have is to make sure you don’t plant shrubs or ponds and the like because those will attract ticks as well. Remember, ticks love humid environments.

Tick-Repellent Plants


Planting plants that are tick-repellants makes it harder to stay around.


We mentioned the essential oils that you can spray around your house.  Those are good methods of repelling ticks. However, if you have a lawn where you can plant things that can be natural tick repellents, then even better. There are some plants that ticks will despise. Good plans to consider are lavender, Rosemary, lemongrass, and marigold flowers. These are all strong-smelling plants perfect for getting rid of ticks. Also, ticks, like vampires, hate the smell of garlic.

Treat Animals For Ticks

Close-up view of tick on human finger against dog lying in grass.

Always treat your animals — dogs, cats, reptiles, birds — for ticks.

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The easiest way that ticks can get into your house is to latch onto an animal. If you have dogs or any other type of pet, it is quite easy if they roam around in the grass and a tick latches onto their body. Ticks can feed on their blood quite nicely and reproduce quite privately. It is a dangerous situation for your pet, but it can be a dangerous situation for you because now ticks will be in your house. Make sure that you always have regular vet checkups. You should also have your dog or pet take their flea and tick medication regularly.

Cedar Oil Spray

Bottles of essential oil with cedar wood chips

Using cedar oil spray is a great natural way to get rid of ticks in your house.

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We mentioned other essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil before. Those are effective methods of getting rid of ticks because ticks hate those types of smells. However, there is an oil that is even better than that. Cedar oil is a tick repellent, but it contains dangerous elements that can kill a tick by attacking its respiratory system. You can go buy a cedar oil spray and spray it around the house. Ticks will surely die by suffocating to death.

Create Barriers From Outside

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Creating barriers to make it harder for ticks to go inside is a smart tip.

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Ticks usually live outside. They tend to congregate in grassy areas or the edges of forests. you will probably find them on your lawn, as well. If you have a lot of ticks in your yard, the best way to protect yourself from them and ensure they do not go inside is to create barriers. Seal gaps between your windows and doors so that these creatures don’t go inside. Make sure you have screens or some type of elevated patio to make it harder for text to latch on to a human or an animal that will be going inside your home.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth( Kieselgur) powder in jar for non-toxic organic insect repellent. Using diatomite in garden concept.

Using diatomaceous Earth is a great way to get rid of ticks.


Diatomaceous earth is a rock made from marine organisms. You can go by this anywhere where they sell plants or gardening things. Diatomaceous earth is quite effective in preventing any pesticides, which means that your garden will thrive fantastically. Diatomaceous earth can also kill ticks, so it’s a perfect thing to buy for your lawn.

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About the Author

Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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