Noticed any fleas in your pet’s fur? Try out some of these home remedies for killing fleas…
If your pet’s got infested with fleas, your first impulse might be to spray the dog or cat, as well as your entire house, with some commercial anti-flea treatment. But, though effective, these products can be full of toxins and chemicals that are harmful for both you and your pet.
Luckily, there are many natural home remedies for killing fleas. These alternative solutions require very little effort on your side. And they give in return a healthy, chemical-free home. And, of course, no fleas anywhere around.
The Best Home Remedies for Killing Fleas
1. Dish soap
Making a flea trap with dish soap and water is one of the easiest ways to get rid of fleas. It is a simple, effective and inexpensive solution to quickly remove all the fleas from your home.
The dish soap trap is quite easy to make. Fill a shallow dish or a plate with warm water. Add around one tablespoon of dish soap and mix. Place the trap near a source of light.
This trap is especially efficient in the evening and at night, when fleas are most active. You can put a candle close to the dish. The light of the candle will attract the fleas, but once they land on the plate, the soapy water will trap and kill them.
However, don’t ever leave lighted candles unattended! Just tackle one room at the time, leave the candle on for as long as you are awake and blow it off before going to bed.
2. Lemon and rosemary spray
This natural spray is another great way to get rid of fleas without putting yours and your pet’s health in danger. Plus, your house will smell great. You will need:
- 6 lemons
- rosemary leaves – around a handful
- 4 cups of water
- a couple of drops of rose geranium oil
To make the spray, slice the lemons and finely chop up the rosemary leaves. Mix the two in a pot.
Boil 4 cups of water and pour over the lemon and rosemary mix. Cover the pot and leave it overnight.
The next morning, strain the mixture and add the rose geranium oil to the liquid. Mix everything and pour into a spray bottle. You can use this spray everywhere throughout your house, especially in the areas where your pet spends a lot of time and where there are a lot of fleas.
3. Baking soda and salt
To get rid of fleas from your carpets, rugs and furniture, it can be more convenient to use some dry product rather than a spray. Baking soda and salt are perfect for that.
Both baking soda and salt work as dehydrating agents that kill adult fleas. Strangely though, they won’t work separately. You have to use both at the same time in order to get rid of fleas.
Liberally sprinkle salt and baking soda on your carpets and furniture. Leave it overnight, or even better – 1 – 2 days. During that time, the mixture will dehydrate the fleas and their larvae.
After a day or two, vacuum the area thoroughly. Carefully empty and clean the vacuum canister. In a few days, repeat the process, to get rid of any possible leftover flea eggs.
Similarly to salt and baking soda, you can use many common herbs and spices to get rid of fleas. Some of the spices also dehydrate and kill the fleas, while others repel them with their strong scent.
The best herbs and spices you can use to get rid of fleas are: oregano, rosemary, lavender, cumin, garlic, clove, peppermint, cinnamon and even citrus peels.
You can spread fresh or dried herbs around the areas where you’ve noticed fleas, to repel not only fleas but all kinds of pests. You can also use the herbs and spices in their powder form, or even essential oils diluted in some carrier oil.
However, you should be careful with it – in large doses, some essential oils and spices can be dangerous for pets, especially for cats and small dogs.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural product that can be used for many things around the house. It is an all-purpose cleaner. It is often used in DIY beauty products. You can use it to make your pet’s fur healthy and shiny. And it is one of the best home remedies for killing fleas, as well as some other pests.
You can make a simple spray whose scent fleas won’t like at all. All you have to do is mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of water and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake well.
Spray the mixture onto your pet’s fur once or twice a day, avoiding the eyes, nose and any possible scratches and sensitive areas. Be persistent and repeat until all the fleas are gone.
You can also add 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your dog’s water bowl. Not only will this repel the fleas, but it is also great for healthy, shiny fur.
6. Chamomile tea rinse
Chamomile tea is one of the best home remedies for killing fleas, because it also soothes the skin, which can be very sensitive and irritated after all the flea bites.
This natural anti-flea rinse is very easy to make. Just dip a few tea bags in 8 – 10 cups of hot water. Wait for the tea to cool down a bit, but not too much – your pet will probably prefer it if it is more on the warm than cold side.
You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil and/or 2 – 3 tablespoons of ground oatmeal. Both of these ingredients are great in soothing the skin and adding some extra shine to the fur.
When you are ready to use it, pour the tea through a strainer (if you don’t use oatmeal, you can just take the tea bags out). Give your dog a bath, then pour the chamomile rinse all through its fur. No need to rinse it off; just let it dry naturally.