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Over the counter tick repellents made from chemicals, may occasionally have unwanted side effects on some pets or people. But when used as recommended, those side effects are often negligible compared to the risk of a serious disease that could be contracted by not repelling ticks or other parasites.
Natural Tick Repellents – the Alternative?
If you worry about side effects that some chemical repellents have, then you may want to try some natural ways to repel ticks. Natural tick repellents include plant extracts usually in the form of essential oils.
Many of these herbal ingredients show effectiveness in keeping ticks at bay. Unfortunately, they are not as effective as the chemically synthesized and highly concentrated bug repellents.
Since the natural plant-based tick repellents clearly have some tick repellent effect which is wanted, they can also have unwanted side effects. After all, just because it is natural, does not necessarily mean there are no side effects.
But here is something that is definitely without side effects, and maybe without any effect at all?
Amber Pet Collar – For Dogs And Cats
Amber is a naturally occurring substance that forms when pine resin hardens. Amber Stone is a fossilized tree gum from ancient forests. The largest supply of amber stones comes from the Baltic area where there were plenty of pine trees millions of years ago. These pine trees produced the sticky resin that hardened into stone over millions of years. When the Baltic sea formed, these amber stones were carried to the Curonian Spit where amber deposits are plenty.
The amber stones are mined and holes are drilled through to make stone collars.
Side effect-free amber pet collar for pets
The amber stone collar consists of these stones strung together with a leather thong which ends in a leather and metal buckle. When the collar is properly fitted to avoid chafing, it is safe for the pet to wear for long periods.
How does an Amber Pet Collar repel ticks?
The amber stone collar is said to take 2-3 weeks to be fully effective, if at all. Inspect your pet’s fur frequently. Wash the collar occasionally with warm water and soap to keep it clean. But how does Amber repel ticks?
- By its distinctively sharp scent. In fact, the First People that inhabited North America used pine leaves to repel bugs in their sleeping places. The resin carries this scent too, and it has been retained in Amber stones over time. When rubbed, by fabric or fur, amber stones release this pine scent which is pleasant to human and pet noses but repelling to ticks.
- Through an electric field. The rubbing of the amber stone against the fur of the pet builds up a tiny electrostatic charge. This charge is too mild to be felt by the pet but is strong enough to irritate ticks and other tiny bugs. The collar acts just like an electric fence would to a burglar.
There is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of an amber pet collar to protect against ticks. Some people believe in its effectiveness others think it to be esoterical only.
If your pet is already infested with ticks and fleas, then Amber Stone will not work either. You have to use a pet shampoo de-infest it. To protect your pet from ticks you are better off relying on essential oils or other natural or synthetic tick repellents.