There are many ways to combat fleas naturally! These natural remedies for flea control may be homemade from household ingredients, or for some folks they may include store bought flea products which are labeled as natural. Here are our choices.
Here are a few things you may have in your house, or easily be able to get, that will help you fight fleas naturally. As you probably know, natural doesn't necessarily mean safe. Some natural flea remedies will be safe for dogs but not for cats, and some may be safe in the home but not on pets.
Peppermint Oil is known to repel fleas, and to kill flea larvae. Because this oil is potent and potentially toxic to animals, we don't recommend it for use on animals unless you are versed in the use of essential oils.
But a diluted mixture of oil in either water (well shaken) or a carrier oil, sprayed in dark corners or under furniture can kill the larvae.
Dawn dish soap: Bathing is essential! Young, ill, pregnant and elderly pets are especially vulnerable to chemicals. Many have found success bathing a flea infested pet with Dawn dish soap. We found it helpful.
It didn't kill all the fleas, but it did immobilize them. It's gentle enough to use daily, which you'll probably need to do.
Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a great after-bath rinse. It doesn't instantly annihilate the fleas, but it definitely helps. We noticed a marked difference when we incorporated this remedy. The fleas “let go” of our pets fur much easier in the bath, and rinsed away more efficiently.
Lemon: Lemon is an effective flea repellant, though not a flea killer. Many dog owners find success spraying their dog before a jaunt outside to avoid a re-infestation. Check out our recipe for homemade flea spray using lemon for more.
Using natural remedies for flea control takes more patience and dedication than simply applying a chemical treatment, but it can definitely work.
For those who want or need to avoid pesticides on their pets, regular use of homemade flea remedies can kill fleas and keep them away.