If you’re a dog or cat owner, then at some point or another you’re going to have to deal with fleas. When that happens, consider using natural flea remedies instead of synthetic products and chemicals because of how dangerous those can be to animals and children.
Chemicals may have unknown or undesirable side effects on your pets or other members of your household. Additionally, many synthetic products are bad for the environment as well. Why use chemicals when a natural flea remedy can be just as effective?
Take a look at five common natural flea remedies that people often use to very good effect.
1. Lemon Water: You can make a lemon tea concoction with lemon peels, or entire pieces of lemon, steeping in water overnight. You can then apply this natural flea remedy with a clean towel or rag to your pet’s coat, or you can spray it directly on, all over the body. It will act as a good flea repellant.
2. Essential Oil Flea Collar: Combine different essential oils such as eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint and white cedar together and soak a natural fiber rope collar in the mixture. Let it dry and then tie it around your pet’s neck. It will also serve to naturally keep away fleas.
3. Essential Oil Bath: You can create your own herbal shampoo using essential oils. In addition to the ones mentioned above, you can also try bergamot, lavender, citronella, and juniper. Wash your dog all over with this shampoo, making sure to also lather the head, neck and chin. Take your time and let the shampoo sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
4. Cedar for Home Protection: You can take preventive steps with natural flea remedies around the home. For example, cedar chips placed under the dog’s bed, in the corner of rooms, under furniture, and at the entrances to homes, can help to deter fleas and prevent infestations before they get started.
5. Natural Food Additives: Sometimes adding certain natural flea remedies into your pet’s diet can also be effective, both for getting rid of fleas and for preventing them. One recommendation is to use two teaspoons of powdered yeast in your pet’s food daily. Another idea is a clove of garlic daily, or a weekly supplement of sulfur in the diet. Black walnut hulls in capsule form can also be provided. (Before you try any of these food ideas, please do consult with your vet to make sure your cat or dog will be able to tolerate these additives.)
These are just a few of literally dozens of different ideas, do don’t be afraid to do your research and seek out alternatives. Talk with your vet as well–not just because you should pass any ideas about natural flea remedies by him or her first, but also because they may have ideas of their own. Arming yourself with information and with some natural approaches means a more holisticl and healthy route to flea control.