Natural Ways to Manage Fleas - Dog or Home

Cure and Prevent Fleas Naturally
(for DOGS - see below for CATS)

Farewell to Fleas

by Frances Gavin - Canine Natural Cures


Are you worried about the effects of chemicals on your dog? Why not make your own safe, non toxic flea repellents?

CITRUS REPELLENT: Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail (once again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dogís "armpits."

AROMATHERAPY REPELLENT: Using 10 ml. of Pure Almond Carrier Oil as your base, add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops [of this mixture] spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.

A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil or Geranium Essential Oil. Donít forget to do this weekly.

YOUR HOME: Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your dogís bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add Eucalyptus Essential Oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming again to evict your unwelcome guests safely but donít forget to empty your vacuum bag.

BATHING: A badly infested dog really needs to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh Rosemary Leaf in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until itís saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.

INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS: Garlic may not be your favorite cologne and itís not the fleaís favorite smell either. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dogís skin making your dog less likely to be the fleaís next meal. In case you think you might need to give your dog a breath freshener along with the garlic, my dogs, Mack and Josh, eat garlic every day and I donít find their breath smells from it at all. Brewerís yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.

Adding a dessertspoon of natural apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs donít fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent. [Or, you can use natural apple cider vinegar tablets.]


Used with permission of Frances Gavin of Canine Natural Cures

NOTES FROM THE EDITOR:

Removing every flea from your dog and house is not enough when you then let your dog go back into a yard that is full of fleas. Keep him in the house while you spray the entire yard, patio, etc., with a flea killer. You can use a pesticide in the yard anywhere except on a vegetable garden. And do not use pesticides on the dog's bed, or on chairs with canvas or fabric where dogs like to lie since these items are absorbent - instead, spray on the combination of essential oils mentioned above for making your own flea collar. When you have finished, keep all pets out of the yard for the time specified on the can. You can also use the homemade spray inside your home if you do not have cats.

LARGE amounts of garlic cause the same problems as onions. Garlic contains only a small amount of the problematic substance that is in onions. Just as with people, moderation is the key.

Care should be taken when using rosemary if you are pregnant (wear gloves and avoid breathing the vapors - or have someone else apply this rinse.)

THE RECIPES ABOVE ARE NOT FOR CATS - MOST ESSENTIAL OILS CAN KILL CATS, AND GARLIC WILL MAKE THEM SICK

Natural Fleas Care For Cats
A good remedy to keep fleas off of your cat is this simple solution: Slice a whole lemon very thin, including the peel, and add it to a pint of water. Heat this mixture right until the boiling point. Let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, gently rub the mixture into your cat's fur and skin just to dampen it, not drench it. Do this once a month. This is a natural flea killer.

You can also use brewer's yeast every day for skin problems involving fleas. Sprinkle a small amount of brewers yeast onto your cat's food to keep fleas away.

Avoid flea powders containing pyrethrins or other poisons. Most essential oils can kill cats. And, garlic will make them sick.

Don't forget to wash your cat's bedding and all area rugs often. Vacuuming frequently also is a must. Sprinkle some rosemary leaves, powdered rosemary, or eucalyptus leaves under your cat's bedding.


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