If you have a pet, then you probably have dealt with fleas. They can infest your pet’s fur, your yard, house and even cars! Instead of spending $20 a month on perscription flea medicine that contains harsh chemicals, try natural methods for a flea-free pet!
Here are several suggestions from Yahoo Green:
- Rosemary Flea Dip: Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Wash your dog thoroughly and towel dry. Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to the base of the tail and another at the neck.
- Brewer’s Yeast: Add a small Brewer’s yeast tablets to your dog’s food. Much like prescription meds (but much healthier), this is excreted through Fido’s skin making him less attractive to fleas. Check with your veterinarian for the proper dosages depending on weight.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: A spoonful of this stuff added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.
- Lemon Spray Repellent: Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.
Dog owners can also try adding garlic to their pet’s diet, because once digested, an odor and flavor develops in the skin that fleas detest. Mother Earth News also suggests adding vitamin B1 (thiamine) and chelated zinc (10 mg daily for cats and small dogs, 20 mg for larger canines). Keep in mind that dietary supplements take about a month to begin working.
If you’re looking for a natural way to prevent fleas in your house, Fixfleas.com also indicates that “dried lavender, peppermint or rosemary crushed into a powder and sprinkled on carpets and in your pet’s bedding will not only repel fleas, but also keep your home smelling fresh.”
Want to buy a natural flea control solution? We have a few organic and natural flea products. Spot Organics Bug Off Dog Flea Spray ($13) uses essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass and peppermint to prevent fleas by spraying on dogs before going outside. We also carry Aubrey Organics Organimals Dip for Dogs ($8.48), which combines the natural insect repellent pennyroyal, with organic rosemary oil and other natural, organic ingredients.