Natural flea control remedies for pets include apple cider vinegar, borax, dish soap and salt.These remedies can safely be used on pets or around the home.
If you have pets, likely you have dealt with fleas at one time or another. Not only are fleas a nuisance, they can transmit disease, cause a pet constant misery and even cause anemia in a severely infested pet. A dog or cat that is constantly scratching is not only uncomfortable, if the skin is broken during scratching, infection can result. Fortunately, our readers have submitted dozens of options for effective natural treatments for fleas!
Traditional over the counter and prescription flea treatments commonly come with side effects ranging from mild to severe reactions, not to mention the expense of such treatments. “Flea Bombs” can also cause side effects for pets and their owners. Chemicals used by professional pest control companies have been linked to severe side effects in some people. The top home remedies for fleas that you will find here at Earth Clinic are much safer and much less expensive for you, your dogs, and your cats. It is likely that you have one or more of these treatment options in your home right now.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Our most popular natural remedy for fleas is apple cider vinegar. Please see this page for four ways to use apple cider vinegar for fleas, plus dozens of our reader testimonials about its effectiveness.
Learn the Gentle and Effective Way to Apply Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas
Watch Earth Clinic’s video demonstrating two effective methods to apply apple cider vinegar topically. Your pet will love you for it! We will also show you how to make an apple cider vinegar solution to use for fleas.
Dish Soap for Flea Control
Our readers have had great success with dish soap to get rid of fleas. Dawn has been the preferred brand.
Topical Use of Dish Soap
Many readers just give their dogs or cats a bath, using the dish soap instead of shampoo. Using a flea comb when grooming after the bath will help to remove dead fleas after this treatment.
How to Make Dish Soap Flea Traps
Fill several shallow pans (a pie dish or cake pan will work well) with warm water and a squirt of dish soap. Ideally, you will put these traps near pet sleeping areas with a light above the water. The light will attract the fleas. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water so that the fleas cannot get out.
How to Get Fleas out of the Carpet – Naturally!
One of several safe natural products can be sprinkled in to your carpet to get rid of fleas. Choose (one or more) of the following and sprinkle it into your carpet. Work it in to the carpet with a broom. Reapply after each time you vacuum for at least 2 weeks. Hold your sprinkling container low to the ground and wear a dust mask to avoid getting the powders into your own lungs. (And do the sprinkling when pets are outside or in another room to avoid irritating their lungs!)
Borax – Borax is found in the laundry aisle of your grocery store. It is safe for pets. Borax is part of Ted’s famous Mange Cure and can also be used topically for external parasites. You can use borax instead of soap in a flea bath for your pet.
Baking Soda – Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is found in the baking section of your grocery store. Large warehouse stores have large containers of it, which is useful for large applications, and then you will have plenty on hand for all manner of non-toxic cleaning around your house. An extra advantage to baking soda is its carpet freshening abilities!
Salt – The least expensive salt you can find is fine for applying to carpets to get rid of fleas.
Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth, also known as fossil shell flour, kills bugs by dehydrating them. This can be found in most farm stores.
Are Essential Oils Safe for Flea Control?
A number of essential oils have been used to get rid of fleas. Tea tree, lavender, peppermint and cedar essential oils have been helpful to get rid of fleas. But essential oils are a more expensive option for flea control. They are also more likely to be irritating to pets. There is growing concern about the toxicity of essential for the use of cats. If your cats have fleas, avoid the use of essential oils to solve this problem. There are many other natural remedies that can be used instead.
Have you used a natural remedy for fleas? Read on to find dozens of creative natural remedies for flea control that are safe for pets and their owners!