Natural Anti-tick spray developed, Under test trails


Many individuals are suffering with ticks causing Lyme disease, natural Anti-tick spray developed undergoing scientific test trails.

The Michigan state claimed more number of cases regarding Lyme disease in St Clair county and Huron county. It means at least two confirmed local exposures or ticks or animals found with Lyme disease. If you find a tick, use tweezers to pull it straight out.

In summer the ticks are in large amount infecting deer’s, dogs and birds. Infected ticks have been identified in 34 of the state’s 83 counties.

Natural Anti-tick spray

An anti-tick spray developed at AtlanTick by Lisa Ali started after her two sons got Lyme disease from ticks on the South Shore. She achieved good results from its first round of scientific tests at Acadia University.

“I wanted to protect them from getting Lyme disease again, but I didn’t want to put DEET on their skin. I didn’t want to put anything chemical on their skin,” Lisa Ali said. She wanted  tick repellant wasn’t chemical-based. So she created her own with mix of water, witch hazel, and jojoba oil and other essential oils.

Scientist Enter Nicoletta Faraone at Acadia University’s department of biology. With financial help from the Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation voucher and a National Research Council grant, she got to work. She created a tick habitat and put the ticks on a dish with three circles. If they left the inner circle that would mean AtlanTick didn’t work. But most turned back as soon as they hit the spray.

“The results are pretty interesting because the AtlanTick body spray repelled about 75, 80 per cent of the tested ticks. These results compared to DEET, which recorded 100 per cent of repellency. It’s pretty encouraging, because we clearly saw a repellency effect,” Faraone said.

“Now I know for sure that the oils I mix together actually work and for people who do think of essential oils as kind of new-age, this is a great way to show them that it does work.

Ali is working to get Health Canada approval to sell the product as a tick spray, though that will likely take another two years of tests. Faraone said they will test variations of the product in different situations.

Lyme disease effects humans bitten by an infected black legged tick. The government of Nova Scotia says only blacklegged ticks carry that bacteria, but not all blacklegged ticks carry it.