Fleas are some of the most prolific and detrimental parasites to animals. Everyone knows their legacy: itchiness, allergies, infestation and even parasitic infection. Many people tend to assume that only harmful chemicals will get rid of an infestation. Alas, with these well-rounded natural treatments, you can send fleas running the opposite direction.
First, make sure your pet is as optimally healthy as possible. Raw food diets are extremely nutritious for a dog and can make their internal ecosystem and external landscape inhospitable to fleas. Probiotics such as yogurt help the pet’s immune system better deal with the allergies caused by fleas.
Essential Oils for Flea Control
Essential oils are very effective flea killers and repellents. Although it takes more than a monthly application as does the conventional medication given by the vet, it is much safer and smells great. Essential oils can be made into a spray by diluting them with water and adding a small amount of liquid Castile soap.
Experiment with combining each essential oil to see what works best. The most potent are lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, tea tree, lemon, lemon grass and peppermint. Use extreme moderation when applying essential oils to cats.
Neem oil is good to dilute (a few drops per bottle) in the pet’s shampoo. It is very good at killing fleas and fleas don’t like its scent. It can be applied directly on the coat and skin as well as diluted in a carrier oil. Topical need oil in a solution makes a healthy conditioner leaving your pet’s coat shiny and luxurious.
Next, you may want to find some food-grade diatomaceous earth. This is the light colored, powdered remains of marine fossils. It is very soft to the touch for animals and humans, but to fleas, it is more like crushed glass. It destroys the outer coating and dehydrates the adult bugs as well as the larvae. It’s also deadly to other crawling insects. Dust-bath the pet thoroughly and spread a layer on carpet, furniture and the pet’s bedding. Vacuum it up the next day, and repeat the process if necessary.
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The Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth; Dogs Naturally Magazine; accessed July 8, 2014