Repelling and getting rid of fleas and ticks often requires the use of chemical-based products. While these pesticides are effective they expose you, your family and your pets to potentially irritating chemicals. A safer alternative is to make a natural flea and tick remedy. Supplies found around the home help you create chemical-free tick and flea repellents and killers. These natural solutions can be used to get rid of pests in your home, or on your pet, and repel them from bothering you.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton balls
- Diatomaceous earth
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lavender essential oil
- Spray bottle
Get rid of ticks promptly by soaking a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and applying it to the tick attached to you, your family member or pet. Grasp the tick by the body, using the cotton ball, and pull it straight out. Flush the tick down the toilet to discard.
Vacuum all surfaces such as upholstery, carpeting, pet bedding and drapes to remove ticks, fleas, eggs and larvae. Sprinkle these surfaces with diatomaceous earth to kill the insects. This natural powder is safe to use around your family and pets but effectively kills insects within a few days by causing them to dehydrate.
Shampoo your pet to kill and remove fleas. After rinsing the shampoo off, pour apple cider vinegar over your pet's fur to naturally repel fleas from returning.
Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your dog's collar to keep fleas away. Fill a spray bottle with water and add 20 drops lavender essential oil. Spray yourself before going outdoors, especially in wooded areas where ticks are prevalent, to repel fleas and ticks.
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