Toxic chemicals aren’t the only way to keep your home and pets free from these pests. There are natural alternatives for flea control that are better for your pets, for your family and for the environment.
I wanted to share a natural way to get rid of fleas that our family found by accident. We had run out of our store bought flea spray which we had been spraying the floors and furniture with. (and by the way wasn’t working too well) We had just bathed the dogs again, for the second time this week and didn’t want them to pick up any more in the house or from their outside kennel area. So, what to do???
We had sprayed the kennel area with a bleach/water solution which was keeping them under control outside. (We had also treated with Diatomaceous earth powder but the rain had washed it away) So, we were good to go there, but now we needed to find an indoor flea control that wasn’t toxic and didn’t give off fumes or a bad smell.
What we found worked great and we tested it on some fleas and saw that most died (but not all) when they came in contact with the spray. It also had a pleasant scent and didn’t appear to discolor the floor, carpet or upholstery any. (test your fabrics and carpets first though if you want to be on the safe side)
What we used was a solution of about 10oz. of water mixed with a capful of Green Works All-natural dilutable cleaner (by Chlorox but without any bleach) and about 15 drops of Eucalyptus/Lemon essential oil.
Next we had to find something to spray on the dogs that wouldn’t be harmful to them. (they have had reactions to the chemical flea control products) We didn’t want to use the Green Works since we weren’t sure if it would irritate their skin so we formulated a blend of essential oils and a Neem based pet spray. When tested it worked great and definitely repelled all the fleas and most died a short time later. WOW, it worked!
The blend of oils that we used were ones that we had on hand so there may be others, but you will have to experiment on your own. The blend consisted of about 1/2 bottle or 4oz. of Neem Herbal Pet Spray by Neem-Aura Naturals and about 10 drops each of Aura Cacia Eucalyptus/Lemon, Dessert Essence Tea Tree/Lavender and Aura Cacia Citronella essential oils. (We simply added the oils to the 1/2 bottle of Neem spray that we had on hand-Double the number of drops for a full bottle of Pet Spray)
We had tried the Neem spray before but it didn’t seem to work well enough on it’s own. The addition of the extra oils made all the difference in repelling the fleas and in some cases killing them. Don’t know if it works on any eggs, etc. but more frequent bathing should take care of that. This would probably work as a tick repellent as well but we didn’t have a chance to test it.
Note: We also sprayed the Neem insect repellent on our cats and though they weren’t crazy about it they didn’t try to lick it off and it didn’t make them sick. (in my opinion I think it’s a safer alternative than the store-bought chemical repellents) These home flea remedies are just suggestions and use them at your own risk. (if unsure test in a small area of your pet’s skin first!)
If you find other flea and tick remedies that work please share them here with others who may be frustrated about their flea and tick problems and lets try to help each other.
Hope you find some of this information helpful and enjoy the additional flea and tick remedy articles that follow.
Home Remedies for Fleas
by Mike Campbell
Many people treat their pets as family, and justly so. Well, when one of your children, or another family member has a rash or infection you take care of it as quickly as possible. Pets also deserve the same quick attention to keep them healthy. Instead of a huge vet bill, why not try an herbal remedy when your pet gets attacked by fleas. Here are a few home remedy suggestions you can try.
At the first sign of a flea, bathe your pet with a natural pet shampoo that contains flea-repellent herbs. Pennyroyal or eucalyptus oil boost the bathwater’s flea killing power. A badly infested dog needs a bath about every two weeks; a cat, about once a month.
Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
Especially in the Summer, wash the pets bedding in hot soapy water once a week, and dry it in a hot dryer. Also vacuum your rugs every two to three days. Ninety percent of fleas are found where your pet sleeps.
Use Natural Powders
They generally contain such herbs as rosemary, rue, wormwood, pennyroyal, eucalyptus, or citronella, and sometimes tobacco powder. You can also dust the powder, or just diatomaceous earth, in all the nooks and crannies you can’t reach by vacuuming.
Diatomaceous earth is a great home remedy that removes the fleas waxy coating and dries them out, which kills them. Caution: Wear a dust mask to avoid the easily inhaled, finely ground diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool filters; and pennyroyal and tobacco powder in large quantities can be toxic to you and your pets.
Finally, add garlic and brewer’s yeast to your pet’s diet. Even try rubbing the yeast into your pet’s fur. Both ingredients are said to make a flea’s taste buds curl in disgust. There’s no scientific proof, but some pet owners swear by this home remedy.
Preventative care goes a long way with pets. Obviously they can’t talk to you and let you know that they are beginning to host fleas, so be aware of your pet’s behavior and try these herbal remedies at the first sign.
Mike Campbell is a published author and Internet Entrepreneur. For more information on the benefits of healing with herbs and home remedies, visit the website: www.simpleherbalremedies.com. Also, feel free to leave your comments on the blog at www.simpleherbalremedies.com/blog.
Cool Tools for Pet Pests
By Gregory Franklyn
There are LOTS of products to protect your dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, rats etc., and if you give me a minute I’ll be more than happy to sell you all of them, but today I’m out to save you some money, get you much closer to your pet, and eliminate the need for my own Flea and Tick products. Here’s a few tips you can easily use to deal with Ticks, Fleas and other small insect parasites that, literally, LIVE to hitch a ride on your little loved ones.
Eucalyptus: I’ve had 2 separate successful incidents of eliminating a flea infestation in my home using this common tree. By Infestation I mean fleas jumping on my bare feet while just walking through a room. It got that bad because we did NOT want to use an insecticide at all, let alone INSIDE our house! I did a lot of research on natural methods of dealing with fleas and ticks. Most were a bust, but we did find a write-up in Jethro Kloss’ “Back to Eden” that suggested using Eucalyptus.
Here’s what we did: There happened to be a grove of Eucalyptus trees just across the road from our house. We went over there and picked up a bunch of fallen branches and cut a few down too. We took them all across the street, took all the leaves off and spread them all over the house. About 48 hours later, there wasn’t a flea or tick to be found, not even on Disco (the cat) or Toke (The dog). As it turns out, most insects, including fleas and ticks, are not particularly fond of the scent. They simply left on their own. We were delighted that we didn’t have to harm anything, including the pests we wanted to be rid of, while solving a real problem with no cost what so ever.
Years later I had the same problem with a roommates’ Cat. My roommate insisted her name was “Sly” but I called her “The Evil One”! That’s a story for another day, however. This time there were no Eucalyptus trees to be found and we didn’t have the luxury of raiding a nearby grove. So I tried the next best thing. I learned that it was the scent that the nasty little buggers didn’t like, so I went to “the Body Shoppe” at the Mall and got some Eucalyptus oil and put it in a spray bottle with a bunch of warm water and walked through the house spraying every carpet and rug I could find. Furniture too! Sure enough, about 48 hours later, we were free of fleas and ticks.
Love that Jethro Kloss! He also suggested making a shampoo for furry animals that includes good concentrations of Pennyroyal. It’s as effective as any current meds available today but it’s a lot more labor intensive. You have to shampoo your pets regularly, about every 5-7 days in some cases. The labor comes in when you have to negotiate with a cat to give them a shampoo ONCE let alone every 5 days. The Dogs had fun with the whole operation, though. When they got out of the tub naturally they would run through the house shaking the water off their coats (Pennyroyal and all) all over the house. Immunizing the rugs and furniture in the process. How thoughtful!
Lastly, and this one works for Ticks much better than fleas, you can pick up some “Brewer’s Yeast” or “Nutritional Yeast” in the bulk section of most grocery stores these days and certainly at any natural food store. Just sprinkle a little bit on your dog or cat’s food every so often. When a tick bites your loved one they don’t like the taste and start looking for another host to hitch a ride on. Don’t over do the yeast sprinkling even though you dogs and cats love the taste. It gave Disco and Toke the runs because I started out thinking I had to use a heavy concentration. Just a little will do the trick and you’ll save yourself the nasty chore of cleaning up runny,,, um,,, well, you get my meaning!
As an aside: A little Brewer’s Yeast and soy sauce on your popcorn and/or your baked potatoes is a real delight at my house and it DOESN’T give us the runs. Since you already have some around anyway…..
So if you don’t want to go to all the trouble of using these “Back to Nature” tricks, we have a variety of solutions for your pets that are also natural, but we do all the work FOR you. Stop by and see what we have for you and your funny furry freaky friends or visit your local pet supply store.
Gregory Franklyn is a 50 something native of Detroit who currently calls the Pacific Northwest his home. He has studied and applied Natural and Alternative remedies for common ailments for over 15 years. He currently operates a website dedicated to information and products that naturally enhance the human body’s ability to heal itself. Franklyn is NOT a medical health professional. Visit: www.gonatures.com