Fleas are so common in both dogs and cats. And finding the right way to get rid of them can be difficult. There are many natural home remedies you can try to see if they help get rid of and prevent fleas on your pets. Most can be very effective and are chemical free.
Some of the common symptoms that your dog or cat has fleas are scratching, terrible itching, hair loss mostly down the back, behind the ears, tail, and back leg, flaky, scaly, and red scalp, restlessness, repeatedly licking the skin, lethargy, inflammation due to biting and scratching, and pale gums.
Below are some remedies to help get rid of the fleas naturally:
A flea collar made with a bandana and natural oils
A flea collar is a great way to ward off fleas without always having to reapply something topically, and it keeps the flea control constant and steady. You can make a home-made flea collar with olive oil and water mix – 3 – 5 drops of cedar oil and 1–3 tablespoons of water. Mix and put the oil it on a bandana or even your dogs or cat’s collar and re-apply weekly.
Apple Cider vinegar can help deter and heal the itchiness of fleas
Apple cider vinegar is a great addition to your pets’ diet for so many reasons. It can be used to get rid of fleas as well. To get temporary relief, you can mix apple cider vinegar and water in a proportion of 2:1. Mix it well and fill it in a spray bottle. It can help the fleas to jump off of your pet. You can also drench your dog or cat’s fur with this solution and comb it gently. Generally, this remedy works for almost 3-4 days.
As a preventative, add it to your pup’s water – or even cat’s (if they will drink it). See our article of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
A Flea comb is a great way to remove fleas
A flea comb is a great way to get rid of fleas. Slowly drag the comb across the hair close to the cat’s skin. Comb more in those areas where fleas are likely to hide such as base of the tail, armpits and groin. Keep a bowl of soapy water close to you. As you remove fleas, drown them in this water.
White Vinegar can help remove and prevent fleas
White vinegar is also one of the best remedies to remove fleas from dogs and cats. Use white vinegar while cleaning or giving a bath to your pet. Add some white vinegar to water and pour it on the body of your pet to prevent flea infestations.
Cedar chips can be placed around your dog or cat’s bedding
Cedar chips are used to keep fleas away. You can place cedar chips on pet’s bedding. You can also place it around outside spaces to control the growth of fleas.
Lemon spray is a great natural way to get rid of fleas
Lemon with its citrus properties kills fleas. Cut lemons and put them in boiling water. Steep it overnight. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Squirt the solution on the flea affected areas of your dog or cat behind the ears, head and at base of the tail. Or else, you can soak a piece of cloth in the solution and rub it gently on the infected regions (especially for cats who aren’t always fond of citrus).
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
Dawn dishwashing liquid is also effective for repelling fleas. Just add a few drops of blue-colored dawn dishwashing liquid in regular bathing water of your pet. This kills fleas and provides relief to pets. Use it as a shampoo for your pet. Ensure that you rinse it thoroughly to prevent irritation on the skin.
Make sure to keep the floor cleaned to prevent the growth of fleas
It is also important to maintain a clean and hygienic home to avoid the growth of fleas. Use lemon solution for washing floors. Get half gallon of water and add four finely chopped lemons in it and mix it well. Use this solution to wipe the floor. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum if you have carpet!
Salt water also acts as a repellant for fleas. Add some salt in water and use the resultant solution used for cleaning. You can also sprinkle salt directly on the carpet to kill larvae and eggs of these nasty pests.
And, of course if you are looking for an effective natural remedy that lasts a year, take a look at The Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag from Only Natural Pet!
The sooner you get rid of the fleas, the quicker the infestation will go away.
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