Fleas are small brown insects that feed on blood from pets and people. Once fleas find a suitable food source, it is difficult to control them. There are natural home remedies that you can use to repel fleas, preventing them from using you or your pets as a host. The trick to remedying a flea infestation is to utilize a multiple step approach for the greatest effectiveness.
Things You'll Need
- Sulphur tablets
- Black walnut tablets
- Herbal shampoo
- Essential oils
Add garlic to your pet's meal on a daily basis. The addition of fresh garlic to your dog's food will help to repel fleas naturally. Fleas do not like garlic, and will go out of their way to avoid feeding from an animal that has had a steady diet of this natural food.
Feed sulphur and black walnut once per week. Both of these supplements are commercially available in pet stores and health food stores. Find them in capsule form and feed them to your pet once weekly to repel fleas, mosquitoes and ticks naturally. Note that it takes between four and six weeks for these treatments to take full effect.
Bathe your pet with an herbal shampoo designed to remedy a flea problem. Choose an herbal shampoo containing geranium, juniper, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, bergamot or pine cedar. A combination of these herbs will be the most effective treatment in eliminating fleas. Not only will these herbs remedy the fleas that are currently on the pet, but they will repel other fleas. You do not need to bathe your pet often, just once a month at most.
Create your own natural flea collar with essential oils. Buy a collar that is soft and absorbent and soak it in a mixture of one drop each of thyme, citronella, lavender and cedar wood, 1/2 teaspoon of alcohol and the contents of four garlic capsules. The essential oils and garlic on the collar will ward off fleas, and if the oils are absorbed by the pet's skin they will not be harmful.
- "Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats;" Richard H. Pitcairn D.V.M.; 2005
- "The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care;" C. J. Puotinen; 2000
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