Natural Flea Remedies
Homemade Flea Control
The best natural flea remedies to control fleas in your house and on your pet. Home remedies for fleas are cheap, easy, and chemical free.
Home Remedies for Flea Control
Fleas are an issue that most pet owners face at one time or another, and can be very frustrating to try to get rid of. These tiny parasites cause skin issues, anemia, and sometimes even disease.
A single female flea can lay over 300 trillion eggs in a single year. This can be frightening when you think of all the fleas that your pet may bring into the house. Almost everyone agrees that they need to be gotten rid of, but the question of how is a much debated one.
Some advocate using flea medications, somewhat toxic flea collars, and chemical “flea bombs” to eradicate them from the house. Others prefer to use a more natural, chemical-free process.
Using natural flea remedies can keep your pet, your children, and yourself more healthy than using toxins to exterminate them. Here are a few simple ways you can get started.
Homeopathic Flea Control
The very first thing you should do is treat your pet, and then take on the task of eradicating fleas from your home. One good remedy is to squeeze the juice of one lemon into a quart of water, and then add two cloves of garlic, minced. Mix the solution well and strain it. Then, pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray over your pet. Use a little extra on the neck and behind the ears.
This is also a good spray to use on your couches, carpets, and pet bedding. Always be sure to watch your pet's skin to make sure there are no reactions. You can also use a mixture of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and one quart of water to use around the house.
Another good spray you can use on your pet occasionally or in your home is one with one quart water and one tablespoon eucalyptus oil. This natural oil is toxic to fleas and will kill their eggs.
Homemade Flea Killer in Your Home
The next step is to treat your house. You should be sure to vacuum often in order to keep some of the fleas and eggs at bay. Use the natural sprays above to flea-proof your carpets and upholstery once or twice per month.
It is also good to know that you can use cedar chips around your house and garden to keep outside fleas away.
Fleas tend to stay away from cedar chips, making them a good barrier between your home and the outside world.
In addition to treating your house and pet, keeping your pet's bedding flea free is just as important. The best natural flea remedies for bedding are to wash it regularly- preferably once a week. You can also throw in ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or some tea tree oil to the wash load to ensure that all of the parasites are dead. Make sure that the bedding gets rinsed thoroughly and let it dry.
Dog Flea Treatment - Homemade Collars
Another thing you can do for your pet is make your own flea collar. These should be used on dogs only, and watched to make sure no redness or irritation occurs. You will need:
- 2 tsps peppermint oil
- 1 tsp citronella oil
- 2 tsps eucalyptus oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 tsps olive oil
Mix these oils together on low heat until they are completely blended together. Then, take a cotton bandana or cord and soak it in the oils for at least an hour. Wring out the collar and let it dry for a few hours before placing on your dog.
If any redness does occur, it would be best to only leave the collar on for a short while each day or remove it completely. The olive oil is there to keep the other oils from becoming too strong, so make sure that you add enough of it to the mixture.
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