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Natural Flea Remedies

Natural Flea Remedies

Most of us look for natural flea remedies mainly because they are safe for the pets. Here are some tips and effective flea remedies for cats and dogs.
DogAppy Staff
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018
Did You Know?
A female flea lays around 20,000 eggs in a span of just three months.
When your pet gets infestation by fleas, it is an annoying problem, because getting rid of them is a challenging task. The flea attack is not just confined to your pets only but will spread all across your home.
Moreover, cat and dog fleas suck blood from your pet for survival. They also often start biting humans, particularly children. Controlling these tiny brown, wingless insects is difficult as they multiply really fast. Natural flea remedies are usually preferred as they do not have any strong chemical content that can cause harm to the pet.
Moreover, the fleas tend to get adapted to most of the chemicals that are present in the commercial products with each generation, and as a result they become ineffective.
Natural Home Remedies
The best part of natural treatments is that even if your pets ingest these substances while licking their paws or fur, it will not have any adverse effect on their health. Here are a few natural products that can control fleas in your dogs and cats:
Lemon
Lemons on gray wooden background
Take a lemon and cut it into thin slices. Boil two cups of distilled water and pour it over the sliced lemon. Let the lemon soak thoroughly into the water overnight. This will release citrus oils present in the lemon into the water.
Now dip a cotton ball into this solution and dab it all over your pet's fur. Make sure your pet do not get wet with it.
White Vinegar
Organic cleaners
Take equal quantities of white vinegar and water and mix them well. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle and apply it on your pet's far.
As you spray the mixture, spread its droplets into the fur properly using your hands or a brush. The acidic component present in vinegar kills the fleas without causing any irritation to the pet's skin.
Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus aromatherapy essential oils in bottles
Give a bath to your pet with a homemade flea shampoo that consist of eucalyptus oil. To prepare this shampoo, add two teaspoons of eucalyptus oil in a cup of mild dishwashing liquid soap.
Wet her coat thoroughly and then apply the shampoo and lather it well. Continue to rub the shampoo for about 5 minutes and then wash off. Instead of using plain water, you can prepare a tea by boiling strong smelling herbs like mint and pennyroyal leaves and use it for rinsing. Dry your pet's coat and then brush it well.
Garlic
Garlic vegetable
Apart from the topical application of natural sprays, you can feed garlic to your pet in order to control fleas. When they eat garlic a certain smell is emitted through the surface of their skin which makes it difficult for fleas to survive.
Thus, garlic can serve as an effective remedy for flea control in dogs. Add garlic powder or juice to their food. Strictly refrain from feeding the dog with garlic in high concentrations. Also, feeding garlic should be avoided in dogs with anemia. Never give your cat garlic.
Essential Oils
Essential oil of peppermint in a small brown bottle
A flea collar that consist of essential oils is one of the best natural ways to get rid of fleas. Prepare a mixture using 2 tablespoons each of peppermint and cedar essential oils, half cup of rosemary oil, and one-fourth cup of citronella essential oil.
Take a rope made of natural fiber and dip it into this prepared mixture for some time. Let the rope dry for 8-10 hours. When it has dried properly, tie it around pet's neck. However, you should not use it on your cats.
These natural flea remedies will provide relief to your pets from itching and keep them disease-free. For complete flea control, vacuum clean your pet's bedding and those areas where they spend maximum time regularly.
Spread eucalyptus leaves in every nook and corner of the house to prevent future infestation of fleas. These leaves will stay fresh for 6 months and give out a nice smell all over the house too.