Vinegar To Kill & Prevent Ticks

Vinegar is a solution for ticks that is non-toxic.

Ticks are commonly found in woodland areas and often find their way onto humans and pets, changing locations by attaching to a body or clothing. Getting rid of ticks can be difficult, but is important as they can spread disease. There are many commercial ways to prevent and kill ticks, but these can involve chemicals you may not want around your family and pets. Vinegar is a natural way to kill and prevent ticks, but remember to check with your veterinarian before treating your pets. Does this Spark an idea?


A homemade spray solution of one part vinegar and one part water helps keep ticks and fleas away from your pets. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray directly onto your pets, but be careful not to get it in their eyes.


If, after inspecting yourself and your pet for ticks, you find a tick, rub distilled vinegar directly onto the tick with a cotton bud or cotton ball — or pour over the site — until the tick lets go. After the tick releases its hold, pull it out with tweezers and dunk it in a cup of vinegar until it has drowned, then dispose of it.

Drinking Water

After you have gotten rid of your pet’s ticks, the Vinegar Institute recommends adding a teaspoon of white distilled or apple cider vinegar to a quart of your pet’s drinking water — this is for a 40 pound animal, so adjust accordingly. Consuming the vinegar will change your pet’s scent and, if your pet will drink it, will help prevent and kill future ticks and pesky fleas.

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Alternative Solutions

Iodized salt and hot water also kills ticks. Simply mix iodized salt with hot water to dissolve the salt. Pour the salt water over the tick until it unlatches itself. You can also encourage a burrowed tick to unlatch itself by spreading iodine or alcohol over the tick. A solution spray of lemon and water is a good way to repel ticks.


Prevention is the best way to keep ticks away from your family and pets. Mow your lawn regularly and keep it free of the debris and long grass attractive to ticks. Cedar chips deter ticks, so using them as a border can be helpful in keeping the yard tick-free. Also, try planting herbs and plants that repel ticks such as lemon grass, catnip, basil and lavender as a toxic-free and pet-safe solution.