If you have pets, you know how aggravating fleas can be! They drive your pets crazy, they drive you crazy, and they are so hard to get rid of! Tired of using expensive chemical filled flea remedies that don’t work? I was too. I have two dogs and seven cats, which makes for a LOT of fleas. So what is the best way to get rid of fleas without spending a fortune on harmful chemicals and pills? Let’s first look at why you should NOT use the medicines from stores and vets.
Flea medicine is dangerous
Are you poisoning your pet with toxic flea products? If you are using collars, sprays, spot-on medicines, dust, pills and other chemical filled products, then yes. The active ingredients in spot-on medicines such as Advantage, Frontline, ProMeris and others include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen. These are essentially harmful pesticides that you are putting on your pet’s skin. These and other ingredients have caused many health problems in animals, and sometimes death.
Flea collars, sprays and powders are also toxic to you and your pets. They can cause seizures, trembling, vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory problems. Flea pills for your pets are a fairly new product, and they can be just as poisonous as the other chemical filled products. The popular flea products made by Hartz contain a pesticide called Phenothrin, which has been banned as a lawn pesticide due to its toxicity. Do you think it’s safe to use on your pets? No. All of these flea products mentioned cause hundreds of pet deaths a year, and thousands of injuries and illnesses.
So, what is the best way to get rid of fleas?
Naturally, of course. The best way that I’ve found to get rid of fleas without harming your pets is by using essential oils. If you have used essential oils in your home, you know how beneficial they are. Certain essential oils are also excellent natural flea repellents.
Essential Oils For Fleas
Therapeutic grade essential oils are excellent at repelling fleas, because pests and insects hate the smells of certain oils. There are actually a lot of different oils that are effective at repelling fleas, and you may need to try different ones to see what works best for your pets. If your pet spends a lot of time outside, you will need to apply the essential oils more frequently than once a month.
Below I have broken down what’s best for each animal and some recipes you can try. Cats are much more sensitive to essential oils than dogs, and there are many oils that should NOT be used on cats. When you do use the oils I have listed below for cats, be sure to heavily dilute them. Use ONLY therapeutic grade essential oils, and preferably organic too.
Natural Flea Repellent: Dogs
The best essential oil for repelling fleas that I’ve found is Lavender Oil. For some reason, those pests cannot stand the smell of it. Also effective are Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Pine Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Oil, and Citronella Oil. Native Americans were the first to use Pine as an insect repellent. They would place pine needles in their bedding to repel fleas and lice. Most of the time, these oils need to be diluted before using on your pets or yourself.
Natural Flea Spray for dogs
Take a 14 ounce spray bottle with water and place 15 drops of any of the oils mentioned above into the bottle. You can use just one oil or any combination of those oils you wish. You can also combine one cup of vinegar, one liter of water and 15 drops of oil if you wish. Spray one of these solutions on your dog daily to repel fleas. You can also use these solutions around the house and on your dog’s bedding. Be sure to avoid spraying on your dog’s face.
Natural Essential Oil Flea Collar
There are several ways to make an effective flea collar for your dog. My favorite is the recipe below
- 1/2 tsp alcohol
- 1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil
- 1 drop Citronella essential oil
- 1 drop Thyme essential oil
- 4 garlic capsules
Take your dog’s cloth collar and soak it in the mixture. Once it is dry, place on your dog, and the effects should last about a month before you need to soak it again in a new mixture. Another great way to make a flea collar is by just placing a few drops of one of the oils mentioned, or a combination of them, directly onto the collar. If your dog’s skin is sensitive, you may want to dilute the oil with a few teaspoons of water first. You should repeat this method once a week.
Natural Flea Shampoo
First, choose a natural chemical free pet shampoo and add 20 drops of your preferred essential oils. Lavender oil is my favorite, but you can use any of the oils mentioned or a combination of them. While bathing your dog, leave shampoo on for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing. This will kill all the fleas on your dog and help repel fleas for a few days.
How to get rid of fleas on kittens and cats
Most essential oils are toxic to your little kittens and cats, so the list above should be used on dogs only. However, there are a few essential oils that are safe for your cat, and they are excellent natural flea remedies. When brushing or spraying essential oils onto your cat, the solution should be heavily diluted. Use a ratio 50 drops of water or carrier oil to 1 drop of essential oil. Two completely safe essential oils you can use on your cat to help get rid of fleas are Lavender Oil and Cedarwood Oil.
There are other oils that are considered safe for cats but should be used infrequently. Some cats may have a reaction to these oils, but others handle them just fine. Many people use Citronella Oil on their cats without a problem. Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil are not considered safe for cats, but I know of several people that use them regularly on their cats and have no issues. I would not recommend doing this, unless you are ready to rush your cat to the vet if he has a reaction. However if you use only therapeutic grade essential oils and dilute them 50:1, your cat should be fine. Two oils I would never use on my cats are Pine Oil and Peppermint Oil.
The above recipe for the natural flea spray for dogs can be used for cats as well. Just use only lavender oil or cedarwood oil, or both. To make a flea collar for your cat, simply dilute 1 drop of lavender oil (or cedarwood oil) with 50 drops of water and place a few drops of the solution on your cat’s collar. Another excellent safe way to use essential oils is to diffuse them in your home. You and your pets will be able to reap the healing benefits all throughout the day!
Natural Flea Shampoo for Cats
Choose a natural chemical free cat shampoo and add 20 drops of lavender oil or cedarwood oil, or 10 drops of each. Another excellent flea repellent is Neem Oil. Although technically not an essential oil, neem oil is still an excellent natural flea repellent. Use 1 teaspoon of Neem Oil for each cup of shampoo. Use this shampoo once a week to keep your cat flea free.
Another excellent natural flea remedy
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is created with the fossilized remains of algae and fleas hate it. This powder can be irritating for you and your cat if inhaled, so I suggest wearing a mask when using this powder. Also, be careful not to get DE near your cat’s nose. This powder can be rubbed directly on your cats fur once a week. Since your cat licks himself, be sure to purchase only food grade Diatomaceous earth. This powder will actually kill all fleas and larvae on your pet. You can also use this method on your dogs!
An additional way Diatomaceous earth can be used is to rid your dog of internal parasites and prevent them for 30 days! Be sure to use only food grade DE. Mix one tablespoon of the powder in your dog’s food once a month if he weighs over 55 pounds. Use one teaspoon for smaller dogs and puppies. If you are looking to purchase some Diatomaceous earth online for a great price, click here!
Where to buy essential oils online
Luckily, the best place to buy essential oils for an excellent price is online. I have searched for the best deals on therapeutic grade essential oils and linked them below 🙂
- Lavender Oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Pine Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Orange Oil
- Citronella Oil
- Thyme Oil
- Neem Oil
An important factor in keeping fleas off of your pets is to feed them an all-natural organic diet, free from additives. You would be surprised at the difference it makes when your pets have healthy diets. If you found this information helpful, please share it with your friends! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!