Rosemary As Flea Repellent

Rosemary is an effective flea repellent.
Rosemary is an effective flea repellent. (Image: ULTRA F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Rosemary is an herb you probably have in your kitchen’s spice rack. Aside from being a fragrant and tasty seasoning, it is also effective at repelling fleas.

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Repelling Versus Killing

When choosing the appropriate way to deal with fleas, consider your options. Commercial flea killers are quick and effective; however, they use toxic chemicals to do it. If you are looking for a safer alternative which will not harm you, your family or pets, rosemary is the answer.


Rosemary can be used individually or mixed with other ingredients to create a flea repellent. It is completely safe for both you and your pets. When choosing rosemary for a flea repellent you can use oils or the leaves.


One option is sprinkle a few drops of rosemary oil onto your dog’s or cat’s collar to repel the fleas. Another option is to mix together rosemary, lavender and peppermint to create a flea repellent. All three ingredients repel fleas on their own. Together they make a pleasant smelling and effective flea treatment. Sprinkle the mixture on your pets, carpet, furniture and pet bedding.


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