9 Best Home Remedies for Fleas
Home remedies for ways and methods to get rid of fleas on dogs, cat
fleas, fleas in your house and in your yard.
If you know your pet has Fleas, and aren't able to get to a
store to purchase Flea treatments, there are a few items you
might have in your cupboards you can use.
Here are a few home remedies you can use as effective Flea
treatments to get rid of fleas on your dog and cat.
Remember after your initial treatment to kill Fleas, you need
to continue with weekly hot-washing, cleaning and vacuuming - or
the Fleas will come back. Learn about the
If you don't have one - buy a
Flea Comb for Dogs
Flea Comb for Cats
to use after you've sprayed your pet with a natural herbal Flea
spray or after a Flea dip. These make getting the Fleas out of
your pet's fur an easier task. You can also dip the comb into a
mixture of Dawn dish soap and water to check for and remove
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg is a good organic brand of natural vinegar to
use as a natural Flea spray or Flea bath. Mix one part vinegar to 3 parts
It's said that Fleas hate the smell
and taste of vinegar and avoid it. Use in a
spray bottle and spray your pet's coat. Be sure to
spray lightly several times, and get the solution as
far down in the coat as possible. Let air dry.
Repeat every couple of days.
When bathing your dog at home,
you can use this organic apple-vinegar as a rinse,
after the final water rinse. Natural Vinegar will
soothe and heal existing flea bites, without
irritating the skin further.
Homemade Flea Trap
In your home, Fleas are attracted to heat. Fill
a shallow glass or aluminum container with soapy water. Pie pans
work well for this. In the center of the pan, place a votive
candle and light it.
Leave the candle lit (in the soapy water) for a few of hours
at a time. If there are active fleas in the house, you have a
98% chance of finding them with this homemade flea catcher. The
Fleas will jump toward the heat of the candle, and get caught in the soapy
It's best to place several of these around the house, more work
better than just one.
Be sure to keep small children away from the lit candle.
An organic, all natural way to kill
Fleas is with Diatomaceous Earth.
It's an inexpensive powder and when applied
to your yard or carpets, will kill fleas and
most insects. You should buy only the
'food-grade', meaning it's safe for humans,
and animals to ingest. Diatomaceous Earth
works by puncturing the exoskeleton of the
insects, causing them to dry out. It works
great, and Diatomaceous Earth works fast.
Dust this powder over your pet's fur (very lightly)
just like other flea treatments. Be sure to gently
rub into the coat. Also dust your pet’s sleeping and
Not only is
Diatomaceous Earth organic and non-toxic, it's also
good for your pet because it contains 15 trace
minerals that are proven to boost your pet's immune
details on Diatomaceous Earth
and how to use it in
house for Flea control and in
to kill Fleas.
Lemon Water Natural Flea Spray
Cut a lemon into quarters and place in boiling water. Steep
the lemon-water overnight, and in the morning, transfer the
liquid to a spray bottle. Spray your dog or cat with this
solution around the head, behind the ears, and at the base of
the tail. If your pet won't tolerate this natural lemon spray,
go ahead and soak a soft cloth in the solution and rub onto targeted
areas. You can also use this lemon mixture as the last rinse
after a bath.
Rosemary Leaves as a Flea Soak
Grind rosemary leaves into a fine dusty powder, either by
hand or in a food processor. Sprinkle lightly onto areas your
dog sleeps and visits in your home. Create a natural rosemary
Flea dip by steeping two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water
for 30 minutes. Strain the rosemary and water liquid to remove
the leaves. Transfer the liquid to a container and add one
gallon of warm water. When the mixture reaches a lukewarm
temperature, soak your dog or cat by pouring the rosemary
mixture over their coat. Let your pet air dry. Rosemary contains
anti-inflammatory properties that stimulate growth of hair if
any is lost from frequent scratching and/or Flea bites.
Essential Oils for Flea Spray (not for Cats)
Mix a few drops of any of these
Essential Oils Fleas Hate
into a pint of
water, use as an herbal oil spray on your dogs's coat. Let air
dry. Repeat once a week.
Tea Tree or Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
DO NOT USE
ESSENTIAL OILS ON CATS OR KITTENS
Natural Aloe Vera Juice Flea Spray
Combine a cup of
Aloe Vera Juice
with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix
thoroughly and pour into a spray bottle, then spray on the coat
of your dog or cat, paying attention not to get in their eyes or
You can also combine aloe vera juice with two drops of any
of the essential olis listed above. Gently massage into target
areas where the Fleas are most likely to hide. Leave on your dog
for 30 minutes. Be sure to repeat weekly. DO NOT USE
ESSENTIAL OILS ON CATS OR KITTENS
Dawn Dish Soap for Flea Baths
Add Dawn dish soap (blue color) to your pet's bath which
will help get rid of Fleas. You can use one a week as a Flea
treatment by dipping a Flea comb in a soapy mixture of Dawn and
water - and run through your pet's hair. The soapy water
suffocates the Fleas. Rinse your dog or cat with clear water
after using Dawn soap.
Tea Tree Oil as a Flea Bath
If you have a shampoo containing Tea Tree Oil, you can bathe
your dog with this. Once your pet is soaped up, let the
shampoo rest for 30 minutes, then rinse with clear water.
Fleas Don't Like Cedar Chips
If you have any cedar chips, place a handful under or in the
lining of your pet's bed. Fleas don't like the smell and will
steer clear. Cedar chips are good to use in your yard, around
the foundation of a house, along a fence line, etc. If animals
carrying Fleas cross your yard, active Fleas will high-tail it
out of the area.
Please note: Just as with
humans, each pet is unique and can be
"sensitive" to products often considered
"natural" or "safe". Always check with your own
Vet first, before choosing any product for use
on your pet. If you aren't able to consult with
a Veterinarian - watch and observe your pet
carefully whenever using a new product is used
for the first time, to see
how your pet is reacting. If anything appears
"not-normal", discontinue use immediately.