No one likes fleas! These tiny little invaders know no boundaries and can be a big nuisance to your dog, and your whole household. Here are 19 natural flea remedies to help you win the flea war.
If you are a dog owner, we know you can’t stand having fleas on your dog and in your home. Our doggie daycare has put together a list of 19 home flea treatments so that you can get rid of fleas naturally.
Natural Flea Remedies to Prevent, Repel and Kill Fleas and Ticks
There has been a lot of attention regarding the safety of in store pet flea products and treatments. To help you, we have listed 19 easy made natural home remedies that prevent, repel and kill fleas on your dog and in your home and yard.
This all-natural list provides you with effective flea remedies and prevention measures that are safe for you and your dog.
Top DIY Remedies for Natural Flea Prevention for Dogs
Here are homemade flea killer options for your dog that are effective, either as preventative measures and for a full active flea attack.
1. Flea Repellant in a Spray Bottle
- In a spray bottle, combine a few drops essential oils with flea repellent properties. Essential oils that are known to repel fleas include lavender, lemon and cedar oil. (For an in depth look at essential oils check out the YourDogAdvisor article on them right here)
2. Coconut Oil
- A great home remedy to get rid of fleas on your dog is to rub coconut oil right into your dog’s fur. This can kill fleas within just a few minutes.
3. Flea Powder
- Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth can be used as a flea powder. Just spread a thin layer of diatomaceous earth throughout your animals’ fur to get rid of fleas on your dog.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Spray Repellant
- Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural flea remedy for dogs. To use it in a spray, just add equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your pet when you notice fleas, or before they go outside to discourage fleas at the outset.
5. DIY Flea Shampoo
- A pet bath with homemade flea shampoo: a mixture of Dawn dish soap or Citrus Castille soap, with salt. These two combined have been known to kill adult fleas as well as flea eggs. Follow this by a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar, for this rinse, use one-part vinegar to ten parts water.
6. Flea Comb
- Regular combing of your dog’s coat by using a flea comb can be very effective for natural flea prevention. Precoat your dog with a DIY lemon juice repellant using 1 part lemon juice from a lemon and 1 part water. Proceed to comb the main parts such as the head, neck, underbelly, tail and legs.
7. Wash Bedding
- It’s likely that there are fleas and flea eggs in your doggie bedding. Every 1-2 days you should wash your doggie bedding in hot sudsy water. As an added extra step to control fleas, spray the bedding with any of your DIY flea repellant sprays that you can find in this article.
- Feed your pet garlic prior to and during the flea and tick season . Garlic has been known to help in the war on fleas and ticks.
9. Chemical free flea and tick collar
- Make a flea and tick collar yourself. Soak your dog’s cloth collar in a mix of witch hazel, garlic and essential oils.
- Many dog owners swear by using salt on fleas. If you live near the ocean, take your dog swimming at a dog friendly beach! The salt from the water can dehydrate and kill fleas. The flea’s entire life cycle can last several months, so you may need to repeat regularly to make sure the flea infestation is completely gone. Please remember that exposing your dog to salt water too often may dry out your dog’s skin and hair.
Alternative Natural Ways to Control Fleas in Your Home and Yard
When dealing with natural flea control don’t forget to treat your home and yard. This can become an unwanted cycle of re-infestation if you remove fleas from your pets and not take the necessary basic steps with your home and garden. Here are a few natural ways to get rid of fleas and ticks.
- Weekly vacuuming of your carpets and floor is one of the most effective flea control home remedies. This works by removing fleas and flea larvae eggs from your carpets and furniture. Increase the effectiveness by using baking soda, salt and or food-grade diatomaceous earth to kill the fleas and their eggs. Sprinkle some of this substance down along the fibres of your carpets and on the corners of the furniture. Let it rest for 1-2 days, vacuum your home thoroughly paying special attention to any places your dog hangs out, be sure to empty the contents of the vacuum canister outside in a trash can.
12. Upholstery Cleaner
- If you have a full blown flea infestation in your home, you should get rid of fleas and dust mites on your furniture, mattresses, sofas, chairs, rugs and dog beds. To do this, you will need an upholstery cleaner. This DIY upholstery cleaner is made with borax, baking soda and essential oils to eliminate fleas from furniture and rugs.
13. Spray for Your Furniture
- A DIY citrus flea repellant spray on your furniture can be used to get rid of fleas on infected furniture. It can also be used to keep fleas away. Take the citrus solution and spray it on the infested areas in your home – sofas, pet bedding, chairs etc. a light coat to dampen is all you need.
14. Killing Fleas with Light
- This age-old remedy that has had great results over the years. The best results are usually associated with home that have lots of carpet. At night, place a small bright light lamp on the floor, directly pointing over a bowl of sudsy Dawn or Joy dish soap water. It’s amazing to see what happens. The fleas love the light and are attracted to it. On the way to the bright lamp, they and in the water & drown. Please note that this method works on adult fleas. Make sure you repeat this for 3-4 nights.
- Fleas are love humid environments, but not dry environments. Use a dehumidifier to remove humidity, especially in rooms where you’re having trouble with fleas.
DIY Ways to Getting Rid of Fleas in Your Yard
16. Diatomaceous Earth
- Use Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth. Spread it around your yard. It will get rid of fleas from your yard. Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic powder breaks apart flea larvae eggs. The larvae then dry out before they can grow into adult fleas.
17. Nematodes (Roundworms)
- Nematodes are roundworms that eat flea larvae. Put them in your yard and garden. In about a month, you should be rid of fleas for good. You can find nematodes in your garden supply store or online.
18. Herbs that Repel Fleas
- Adding certain flowers, plants and herbs that naturally repel fleas to your landscaping can help repel fleas from your yard. Catnip, chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, mint, sage and rosemary are all excellent choices to help eliminate fleas from your yard.
19. Cedar Chips
- Using cedar chips is another natural way to get rid of fleas. Fleas hate the smell of cedar chips. All you do is spread them all over your yard.
At Paws Playgrounds we are passionate about the health of your dog. We are obsessive about keeping fleas from our premises and helping our clients keep their dog’s flea free. .
If you are looking for a great doggie daycare for your dog to have flea free fun, check out Paws Playgrounds for your dog. We have the largest doggie daycare in Toronto. Contact Paws Playgrounds today at 416-461-4788 to learn more.