Natural Homemade Flea Remedies are the least expensive ways to rid your dog of fleas.
As you can see we have a furry Siberian Husky so it’s very important that we keep her from being flea infested.
When we brought Cannoli home from the breeder when she was just 8 weeks old she was flea infested. I hate fleas!
I went into overdrive and spent days desperately trying to get rid of fleas. I first turned to natural homemade flea remedies, some of which worked immediately, other’s take a bit longer and in my opinion more work to see results. My obsessiveness and absolute disgust with fleas led me to the vet’s office for a prescribed flea treatment a few days later.
Cannoli is now on a monthly flea regimen of Frontline Plus, but I still use some of the natural home remedies, just to be sure. Like I said I’m obsessive.
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Here are some of the home remedies I use:
Mix 1 cup Dawn, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 quart water. Use this to bathe your dog. Remember to start by forming a good lather around your pet’s neck, fleas will flea to higher ground when you bathe your pet. The lather acts as a barrier that will prevent them from gathering on your pet’s head and face. Keep this barrier well lathered as you wash the rest of the body. Lather up the legs, paws, and tail. I like to wet my finger in the soap and dab it on the head and face to get fleas that were there before you started. Be extra careful not to get soap in the eyes and nose, it will burn. Keep the soap on for about 10-15 mins. before rinsing.
Dawn dish soap is a de-greaser and will instantly kill fleas, you will literally see them die. But Dawn also washes off the natural oils that keep your pet’s skin from drying up. It will also wash off any topical treatment you may have applied to your pet. My vet advises against using Dawn in your normal pet bathing routine. If you must use it do not use it more than once a month, that is what the vet told me. I would only use this flea shampoo as an emergency treatment, when you see a flea marching across your pet’s face.
Immerse a pet collar or bandana in a mixture of one tablespoon water and 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil. When it dries put it on your pet. Lavender is a natural insect repellent, you’ll not only repel fleas, your dog will look spiffy and smell good too!
You can use this on dogs but NOT cats. Essential oils are harmful to cats.
Natural Oil Rub
1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1-2 drops lavender essential oil. Rub this on your dog’s skin between the shoulder blades and at the base of the tail. Again you will repel fleas and your dog will smell good!
DO NOT use this on cats!
1 cup Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 quart water, 3 drops lavender essential oil. Fill a spray bottle and spray it on your pet, avoid the face. Use a damped cloth on the head, face, and ears. Spray pet bedding and the surrounding area.
DO NOT use this on cats.
Slice a couple of lemons and place in a heatproof bowl. Boil a big pot of water. Pour the boiled water over the lemon slices. Let sit over night. Fill a spray bottle and spray your pet, avoid the face. Brush your pet to work in the lemon spray. Use this to spray couches, carpets, anywhere fleas can hide. You can use it on cats and dogs.
Flea Repellent Garden
Plant flea repellent plants in your yard or in containers. Be very careful when planting herbs and plants as some of them are harmful if not lethal to pets and children. True mints (mentha – peppermint, spearmint, etc.), sage, rue, lavender, catnip, lemongrass, and rosemary are some herbs that safely repel fleas. Avoid planting Pennyroyal, also know as flea bane, anywhere around children and pets, the leaves are toxic when ingested.
I have many of these plants in my yard, I use them as borders. I also have container herb gardens and have them in the patio and front porch. I group my plants according to their purpose, keeping none edible ones separate from herbs I use to cook. My herbs have multi-purposes; flea repellent, for cooking, etc.
These natural remedies kill adult fleas, they do not prevent eggs, larvae, and pupae from hatching. In my opinion you still have to use an insect growth remedy from your vet to make extra sure your pets don’t get fleas; but I have friends who swear by the natural remedies and their pets seem flea free.