Did you realize that you can naturally rid your pet of fleas and ticks without all of those chemically-based flea powders and insecticides? Paying for expensive flea poisons you put on your pet’s skin is not necessary. Plus, did you know:
- Fleas cannot live in soapy water, even in a Castile-based soap?
- Peppermint oil (and other essential oils) kills and repels fleas and ticks as well as most insects?
- Borax is a natural insect killer?
- Diatomaceous earth kills fleas too.
It is much safer to naturally rid your pet of fleas and ticks with these simple remedies.
What are fleas?
What are ticks?
How do you naturally rid your pet of fleas and ticks?
Give them a bath.
At the first sign of fleas, we bathe our dogs (and yes, we used to have a cat, whom we bathed. It took two of us—one to hold him and one to bathe.) with castile soap and water. You can also use a natural shampoo free of dyes and other toxic ingredients (we get ours from Dollar Tree).
Clean the floors.
Ask me how I know this. Years ago, when I lived in Florida, I had a cat. The short version is we had a flea infestation on wood floors (no carpet). Dusting and sweeping your bare wood or tiled floors will keep this down. Murphy’s Oil Soap, which is nontoxic and made from a vegetable oil base is a good floor cleaner, even for tiled floors. If your floor is clean, then run away ticks have few places to hide.
Use essential oils.
These oils will help you keep or remove fleas from your pet naturally and your floors as well. If your pet is small or a cat, use them with caution. Dilute the oils you use or use only one small drop of oil. Animals do not need much.
If you are concerned about the toxicity of essential oils and your pet peppermint oil is a nice one to begin with. It is pretty benign and I spray it on my large Chihuahua (about 10 pounds) all the time.
Spray the carpet with two and a half ounces of water and about 10 drops of peppermint oil and vacuum. Or, add the drops to about 1 cup of Borax and sprinkle on the carpet for flea removal. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree is the bomb when it comes to tick removal. Our vet says all it takes is one or two drops of tea tree oil (depending on your animal’s size) and a tick will drop off your pet.
Many recommend petroleum jelly to suffocate and remove a tick. While it may be effective, I question the toxicity of petroleum jelly. Tea tree is a much safer alternative.
Tea tree oil also helps kill and prevent any illnesses and diseases from ticks as well.
Rosemary oil contains a menthol and works well as a flea remedy for any pet. Bathing your animals with soap and rosemary oil will clean off the live ticks and fleas, as well has help prevent a new infestation.
This oil comes from tree leaves, however, it too, contains a menthol and both treats and repels ticks and fleas.
Oregano oil is a strong anti-bacterial oil that helps fight infections and prevent diseases related to tick bites.
While there are some pretty ridiculous methods of flea control on the Internet, these are actual methods that do work. I guess you could try to place a bowl of soapy water with a tea light candle in the middle of your floor, but I am not sure that would really work…
What methods to you use to naturally control fleas and ticks?