Tick season is well underway. Gina Bullard found one all natural tick repellent that's Made in Vermont.
Pooches Ruby and Shannon love walks in the woods, but before they go out with owners Victoria and Glenn, there's one rule -- put on tick spray.
"I spray my dogs head to toe bottom of the feet up," Victoria Dimonda, who along with Glenn Gunther, own Green Mountain Repellents.
Five years ago Dimonda was looking for a safe option for her two-year old daughter with sensitive skin. "We were hiking and she mentioned she felt a bump on her head, and when I looked there was an embedded tick in her head," Dimonda said.
She did some research and came up with her own all natural concoction that was safe for her daughter and her dogs. Quickly her friends and family were hooked and convinced her to bottle the tick repellent and sell it. "I know there's a lot of people who look for an all natural alternative. I've had hunters tell them they put permethrin on their clothing but they still want to put something on their skin," Dimonda said.
The five-ingredient spray is made from essential oils of lemon grass, rose, geranium and cedar wood, along with alcohol and filtered-water. Victoria recommends people spray liberally and every few hours.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Does it work?
Victoria Dimonda: Our product definitely works. We make no claims to be 100-percent effective, but nothing is 100-percent effective.
From co-ops all over the Northeast to the Vermont Country Store, the repellent is selling -- and fast. The duo has sold more than 25,000 bottles.
"We both have full-time jobs now. Either it's going to grow to a spot where one of us does it full- time or someone comes along with an offer we can't refuse," Glenn Gunther said.
Dimonda also knows the dangers of tick-born illnesses. She's a nurse. "I see everyday people coming to our office with multiple tick-borne diseased that make people really really sick," she said.
They're hoping their Made-in-Vermont repellents won't land you in the doctor's office. "I still don't grasp how big it's starting to get," Dimonda said.
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