All Natural Flea Control Options For Dogs And Cats
Holistic vets agree that the best approach to natural flea control is to start with the most natural, non-toxic options and only resort to stronger measures if reasonable control is not achieved. Toxic chemical flea treatments should only be used as a last resort, when other methods have failed. The methods below are ones that were recommended to me by holistic vets during my research for getting rid of fleas naturally:
Garlic and Brewer’s Yeast
Adding fresh, raw garlic and nutritional yeast to your dog’s food helps to repel fleas, mosquitos and other insects. The recommended servings are 1/4 to 1 clove of fresh raw garlic and/or and 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of yeast per feeding. Amounts vary according to your pet’s size. It’s important to note that fresh garlic and yeast does not work for killing fleas, it’s only a measure to use for added defense against fleas.
Fleabusters.com is a company that can either come to your home and put a special natural powder into your carpeting and cracks of your house or you can order the powder and do it yourself. FleaBusters also has an outdoor service. Although I have no personal experience with FleaBusters, I’ve heard great reviews and results for this company and product.
Flea Free is a flower essence that has a great track record with holistic vets for repelling fleas. All you do is put a few drops in the your pet’s water bowl.
Lemon Skin Tonic
This lemon skin tonic is a source of natural flea-killing substances that some holistic vets say works amazingly well for flea repellent (and a great natural treatment for mange!). Thinly slice a whole lemon, including the peel. Add it to 1 pint of near boiling water and let it steep overnight. The next day, sponge the solution onto your pets skin and let it dry. You can use this daily for severe problems, weekly or monthly.
This herbal tea makes an excellent conditioner that helps repel fleas. Just combine 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary) in 1 pint of boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain. When it’s cooled to body temperature, pour it over your pet after the final rinse in the bath. Rub it in and towel dry, without rinsing.
Other basic measures you can take for flea control are:
- Bath your dog with an all natural shampoo such as pure Castile Soap that does not strip the natural oils off their skin as skin can become dry otherwise. be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least 5-10 minutes to kill the fleas. Longer is better.
- Using a flea comb helps to remove fleas that are on your pet.
- Vacuum your home at least once per week and wash your pet’s bedding just as often. Use hot water and dry them on the hottest setting to ensure all fleas are dead.
With so many all natural Flea Control options now available and recommended by holistic veterinarians, we are no longer forced to use toxic chemicals to effectively control fleas on our pets or in our homes. Please share this article with anyone you know who has pets so they know their are alternatives to commercial products can can be harmful and even deadly to our beloved pets.
My deepest thanks and gratitude go to ‘Primally Inspired’ for making this valuable and lifesaving information available to everyone. You can read more about All NaturaL Flea Control on her website HERE and HERE