Home flea remedies - the natural way to stop fleas invading your home and outside surrounds
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) |
African daisy flowers
Cedar wood chips, granules and oil | Diatomaceous earth (human grade)
Essential oils | Eucalyptus leaves | Flea traps | Garlic and yeast chews | Herbal shampoos, conditioners and sprays | Lemon juice | Pennyroyal plant
Rosemary leaves | Table salt and baking soda | Regular vacuuming
Anyone who owns a dog knows that fleas can be real pests as well as carrying diseases that are harmful to pets and humans alike.
Whilst there are many over the counter flea protection products available, e.g., tablets, spot-ons and shampoos, owners are becoming increasing aware of the dangerous side effects of these chemical medications.
If you are not worried about them, you should be, because these chemicals can cause skin issues, e.g. allergies, cancer and liver disease.
In fact in many cases, flea and tick preventives can be more dangerous to your dog than the parasites themselves!
As a matter of interest, the next time you are in your grocery store or local hardware outlet, make a note of how many different products are on the shelves to kill fleas. Most will contain toxic chemicals in one form or another which are harmful to both pets and people.
This page of our website focuses on using nature and natural products to help stop fleas biting your pets, your kids and of course yourselves.
Here's a list of some very effective home remedies for stoping fleas in their tracks:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
If used on a regular basis ACV is a safe, effective and natural remedy for getting rid of fleas on your dog.
Ideally, choose an apple cider which contains the "mother" (core of the apple) and then dilute it half and half with water. If you cant find ACV in your local stores you can substitute white vinegar and use the same 50/50 mix.
Tips on aplication of ACV
- A full body spray before letting your dog outside or going for a walk. Please note, it is important to shield your pet's eyes from any spray.
- Drops in your dog's drinking water.
- One teaspoon given orally each day daily, either directly from a teaspoon or a syringe.
African daisy flowers
African daisy flower powder (pyrethrum) is a relatively safe and moderately effective treatment for getting rid of fleas. The idea is to sprinkle the powder on your carpets and rugs and then work it through with a broom, concentrating in areas where your pet likes to frequent and sleep. Leave it for three days and then vacuum, if your infestation is bad, repeat the process. Don't put African daisy flower powder directly on your pets.
Boracic acid sometimes referred to boric acid is a naturally occurring chemical. Its been used for 100's of years in the Middle East and China as:
- An antiseptic.
- A cleaning agent.
- A food preservative.
- A pesticide.
Boracic acid is a white crystalline powder and non toxic to people and pets. As a flea and insect repellant it is perfect for sprinkling on carpets, and furniture. Its particularly ideal for putting under fridges and along the base of boards and dark areas where fleas and other pests like to hide.
Cedar wood chips, granules and oil
Cedar wood chips placed in mulch outdoor and strategically placed indoors will act as a repellant to fleas too. Ideally place chips under furniture or near doors ways leading in and out of the house.
If you don't have access to chips, granuleas work just as well and we can recommend PetSafe Pet Safe Repellent Granules as a perfect option.
Cedar wood oil is used by a lot of pest control professionals as a safe and chemical free spray. The oil also comes in various forms which are intended for domestic usage.
Some pets can be allergic to cedar wood products and if this is your dog then obviously this option isn't for you.
Diatomaceous earth (human grade)
Diatomaceous earth is formed from algae with siliceous shells. When extracted the algae are already dead, but their shells remain. Whilst, these shells are razor sharp they are too small to have any harmful effect on pets or humans, but they are deadly to fleas and other household pests like bed bugs and gnats.
Instead of poisoning fleas and other bugs diatomaceous earth actually cuts into their exoskeleton (their hard outer shell) and sucks the water out their bodies. Since all creatures need water to survive, they die after a pretty short amount of time.
Almond Oil, Neem Oil, Essential Oils of: Organic Lemongrass, Citronella, Catnip, Lavender, Rosemary, Clary Sage & CedarCitronella, Lavender and Lemon grass oils are part of the "essential oils" family and all can be used in a highly diluted form as an effective flea repellant oil mix. The suggested dilution is one drop of each oil to 25 mls of water.
If you can't find these oils in your local health store please click Herbal Oil Blend which will take you through to our online supplier.
Herbal Oil Blend will also have a calming and soothing effect on your dog, which is an excellent way of getting him or her to settle after being traumatised by flea bites.
Rosie my Maltese/Shih Tzu cross is a very emotional little dog and I have had great success calming her down by using an Essential Oils Collar
This covers all situations that are likely to trigger off an emotional response from her, from thunder, cars backfiring, the garbage truck, fireworks and so on. I rescued Rosie along with her litter sister Molly over three years ago. Rosie still remembers her past and Molly has forgotten.
The collars are not exacly classified as home remedies but they are a tip definitely worthy of mention as adjuncts to help with other home remedies you are using.
Eucalyptus leaves work particularly well at keeping fleas away. Most health stores sell them, or alternatively you could try buying online.
Fleas hate the smell of eucalyptus, so go ahead and plant out a few seedlings in your garden/yard. The "silver dollar" variety is particularly suited to growing indoors, so if you have the space, try placing two or three small pot plants in rooms where your pets like to mooch or sleep.
Flea traps are a very economical and easy way to catch fleas. You probably have everything you need with items you most likely already have on hand - here's your list . . .
- A night light
- A shallow pan like a pie pan.
- Soapy water made with dish soap.
Prior to going to bed, sort out an area where your pet spends a lot of its time and where fleas are most likely to be found hanging out. Then plug the night light into an outlet and place the pan of soapy water beneath it.
During the night, the warmth radiated by the night light with attract fleas and they will jump toward it. When they do, they will land in the pan below and the soapy water will kill them. Come morning you should be able to gauge the extent of your flea problem simply by the number of fleas floating in the pan.
Garlic and yeast chews
When it comes to flea control, Garlic and Yeast Chews can be beneficial to dogs in veterinary recommended doses. Once pets have digested the tablets the smell of their skin becomes unpalatable to fleas. If you haven't tried this remedy before, to be on the safe side, check this one out with your vet first.
Brewer's Yeast & Garlic works two fold to prevent biting insects like fleas & ticks from attacking. As your pet naturally metabolizes each tablet, the bioavailable sources of garlic and brewer's yeast combine to create an odor that's unnoticeable to you and your pet, but unpleasant to fleas, ticks, and other biting insects.
These ingredients also support your pet's skin & coat, imparting an off-putting taste that signals to fleas & ticks to steer clear.
Brewer's Yeast & Garlic Tablets also works to maintain your pet's healthy skin & coat with it's unique balance of complex b-vitamins and amino acids, which have been shown to maintain proper skin and tissue function. The bio-availble garlic in this formula has shown amazing immune support in animals by using garlic's natural properties, which maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and heart function.
Herbal shampoos, conditioners and sprays
Bath your pets with an Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner, then finish off with an herbal spray is a very effective way of keeping your pets free of fleas the natural way.
Its a good opportunity for you to give your pet a relaxing massage while waiting for the shampoo to work its magic.
Cut a few lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a spray bottle of water. Use one cup of lemon juice to three cups of water. This is very effective as an outside repellant. It is not recommended for use inside because lemon juice can stain fabric and woodwork.
Pennyroyal plants are poisonous to humans and animals, although some cultures do use the leaves sparingly as a herb in cooking. There are two varieties of pennyroyal plants and both have a very strong fragrance similar to spearmint.
Leaves from the plants both fresh and dried are especially noted for repelling fleas and other insects. When treating flea infestations, the plant's essential oil should never be used directly on humans or pets; this is due to its toxicity, even at extremely low levels.
Mix about 500 ml of rosemary leaves into a couple of pints of boiling water and let them steep for a while. Once the mixture is cool stir it up and use a siv to separate the leaves from the liquid.
Then soak your cat or dog in the mixture for four or five minutes. Your pet will probably get of a bit surprised and may hide away for a while. If your dog could speak, it would definitely thank you for getting rid of its fleas.
Table salt and baking soda
Instead of buying expensive and chemical carpet powders, you can make your own inexpensive, non-toxic and effective carpet powder at home, which is harmless to pets and kids.
Mix thoroughly, equal parts of table salt and baking soda in a container and then shake the mixture on to your carpets, rugs and even wooden floors. Work it in well carpet with a broom or your feet and let it sit for at least three or four hours (overnight is preferable) and then vacuum it up.
The salt will desiccate the fleas and larvae and kill them. The baking soda will break down the protective covering of the eggs and cocoons and kill them as well.
Turn your vacuum cleaner into a flea killing machine and vacuum, vacuum and vacuum. To be on the safe side I recommend that you put an Only Natural herbal Flea and Tick Repellent Dog Collar in the vacuum cleaner bag. When full make sure you tape the bag up tightly and dispose of it off your property.
What ever home remedies you choose to keep fleas and ticks at bay it is very much a personal choice. The most important priority being you sort out the ones which appeal to you and then implement a safe on-going system which works for your dog, your kids and yourself.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com