It's that time of the year again and the dogs have started itching. I try to stay away from the toxic stuff from the vet for as long as I can so I'm curious what other people use to help keep the fleas and ticks (thinking of bringing one of my dogs with me on hikes is the tick part) off thier dogs? I start off with baths with eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, peppermint and rosemary oils in the shampoo. Seems to help for the first 2 months. Then we have a spray that is more natural oils and such but it's highly concentrated and smells up the whole house for a whole day and even then they are smelly in a fruffy way. I'll go toxic in August / September If it gets out of hand.