How to get rid of Fleas Naturally
GETTING RID OF FLEAS NATURALLY
Fleas are one of THE most common reasons that dog and cat owners seek out a Veterinary clinic, yet unfortunately all that the Veterinarian can offer is a variety of potentially toxic insecticides. Dog and Cat owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the high number of side effects from conventional flea medication, and many are seeking some of the safer, holistic options of natural flea control.
In this article I will cover basic information on fleas, How to tell if your pet has fleas, medical problems of fleas, the Flea life cycle, and conclude with my TOP natural ways of getting rid of fleas.
Side Effects of Conventional Flea Medication
Conventional Flea medications are increasingly causing medical problems for dogs and cats. In fact while I was in Veterinary practice, I commonly saw small dogs and cats with side effects of the medication. Signs ranged from skin irritation, to hair loss, to vomiting and diarrhea, seizures and in a few cases cats died.
Here is a report from the EPA:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning dog and cat owners about potential health risks to their animals from a variety of spot-on flea and tick medications.
Spot-on products generally are sold in tubes or vials and are applied to one or more areas on the body of the animal, such as in between the shoulders or in a stripe along the back.
More than 44,000 pet health-related incidents from spot-on treatments were reported last year to the EPA, ranging from mild skin irritations to death. As a result, the EPA recently announced it was intensifying its evaluation of these products.
The EPA investigation will center on incidents with spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos.
“However, the majority of the potential incidents reported to EPA are related to flea and tick treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products,” the EPA announced.
Pesticide registrants are required by law to submit information to the EPA on adverse effects resulting from the use of any registered pesticide. EPA said seven products represent about 80 percent of all adverse incidents.
These medications are potentially very toxic, with serious consequences.
This does not even take into account the diseases that are more difficult to link to topical insecticides. By applying a topical flea medication such as Advantage to your dog or cat means that every time your pet grooms themselves, they are ingesting some of that insecticide.
Every time you touch your pet, you are then being exposed to some of that insecticide.
I suspect that this chronic exposure to insecticides wears on your pet’s immune system, leading to increasing incidences of diseases, such as allergies and cancer.
Cancer has risen to epidemic proportions in the dog population with nearly 50% of the dogs dying of cancer.
The Veterinary community, along with large pharmaceutical companies are minimizing these risks, yet many pet owners are becoming alarmed, and rightfully so.
This article will give you some of the more effective natural flea control methods.
How to tell if your pet has fleas
Itch, Itch, Itch!!! Your pet will not stop scratching. If you look more closely you will probably see flecks of black dirt; this is flea feces. A sure way to test for fleas is by placing your pet over a white piece of paper and vigorously rubbing her fur. If black ‘dirt’ (flea feces) falls off, then she has fleas. You may also be able to see the little guys jumping; using a small fine-toothed comb you may be able to find them.
Flea combs are fine teethed combs that are able to pick up flea dirt ( flea poop), flea eggs and adult fleas.
1. Start from the head, and comb backwards.
2. If you find black specs ( flea poop) place it on a white piece of paper and add water. If it turns red, your pet has fleas.
3. Place the eggs, fleas and flea dirt in soapy water ( this will kill the fleas)
4. If your pet has fleas or lice, repeat this twice a day.
5. Preventively check your pet for fleas/lice once a week.
Fleas are the most common dog and cat external parasite, living off your pet’s blood.
Some flea species include:
•Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
•Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
Over 2,000 species have been described worldwide
•Fleas are small wingless insects with mouth-parts that allow them to feed on the blood of your pet. They have long legs adapted for jumping, then can jump up to 200 times their own body length.
Medical Problems of Fleas
Fleas can cause a whole host of medical concerns for dogs and cats.
Skin conditions are most common, and this includes flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), hair loss, hot spots, excoriations showing up as irritated red skin.
More serious medical conditions of fleas include tapeworms ( very common in cats), and in serious infestation, anemia. In young puppies and kittens this could result in death.
Fleas have been implicated in transmitting the bubonic plague. They transmit the bacteria Yersina between rodents and humans.
They are other lesser know and unusual diseases that are transmitted by fleas, but these are very uncommon in North America.
Flea Life Cycle
Understanding the Flea Life Cycle is important to be able to control fleas naturally.
Fleas have a life cycle of 4 parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
Common percentages of flea populations include: 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae and 5% adults.
The life cycle from egg to adult can be rapid or slow, varying from two weeks to eight months. This is dependent on a variety of factors: humidity, temperature, and availability of food ( the blood of your pet!!)
After feeding on blood, the female flea can lay 50 eggs per day with a maximum of 600 eggs on your dog or cat.
Flea eggs are not firmly attached, and they fall out where your pet lays down or sleeps. In contrast lice lay eggs that are firmly attached, and most of their life cycle is on your dog.
Eggs turn into larvae, and that takes anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. Inside the larvae are found in cracks and crevices, your pet’s bed, kennel or edges of your house.
The larvae also develop outside – they are especially adapted to sand and gravel.
Adult fleas need blood to survive and lay eggs, but may live for one year without feeding. When you leave your house for a period of time, flea eggs hatch and larvae pupate.
The fleas fully develop in the pupae, and can survive for up to a year so long as they do not emerge- waiting for your pets to return and hatch ‘en masse’.
In 30 days, 10 female fleas can increase to over 250,000.
Optimum temperatures for the fleas are 70°F to 85°F and optimum humidity is 70%.
NATURAL WAYS TO GET RID OF FLEAS
So where do you start?
According to ‘conventional’ veterinary wisdom, most pet owners are given ONLY one option, some sort of potentially toxic insecticide.
My advice is to incorporate a number of natural flea control methods, using the conventional options in severe infestations, or when the natural remedies are not working.
In treating fleas naturally, you need to focus on 3 areas of flea control: Flea control on your pet, Flea control in your house, and Flea control in your yard.
1.NATURAL FLEA CONTROL ON YOUR PET
A HEALTHY PET. A healthy pet will have less of a problem with fleas than an unhealthy one. If your pet has a skin problem such as an allergy caused by food, fleas will make the irritation worse, and may reproduce that much quicker because they have an easier time feeding on weakened skin. Do all that you can to boost your pet’s immune system – you may find that just by improving your pet’s overall health, you will gain control of your flea problems. To help boost your pet’s immune system, use a natural health supplement such as my own :
Ultimate Canine Health Formula
Ultimate Feline Health Formula
Flea Comb your pet regularly. Flea combs are fine teethed combs that are able to pick up flea dirt ( flea poop), flea eggs and adult fleas.
1. Start from the head, and comb backwards.
2. If you find black specs ( flea poop) place it on a white piece of paper and add water. If it turns red, your pet has fleas.
3. Place the eggs, fleas and flea dirt in soapy water ( this will kill the fleas)
4.If your pet has fleas or lice, repeat this twice a day.
5. Preventively check your pet for fleas/lice once a week.
SHAMPOO. Bathing is effective at soothing irritated skin and eliminating some of the adult fleas. There are a number of flea shampoos combined with oatmeal. Use cool water and leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes.. Your pet can be safely shampooed twice a week. There are a number of effective holistic flea shampoos that are reasonably effective. Some of ingredients that work for dogs and cats include Neem oil, Eucalyptus and Cedarwood oil.
Avoid Tea Tree oil – it is very toxic to cats, and small dogs, although found in some of the ‘natural’ flea control products.
Conventional Flea shampoos that contain pyrethrins are the safest type of conventional flea and lice treatment- I advise using these shampoos for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
MAKE YOUR PET TASTE BAD. Garlic and Brewer’s Yeast have been advocated as a way of repelling fleas. In my experience it only seems to help a small number of dogs, but it is worth a try. Garlic is not safe to give to cats long term. For a 10 lb dog, give 1/4 tsp of garlic and 1/4 tbsp of brewer’s yeast daily.
MULLEIN. Make as a decoction/tea and rinse on your pet. Get a handful of the herb, steep in hot water, cool and pour over your dog or cat. This will temporarily paralyze the fleas.
CEDARWOOD OIL SPRAY: A relatively non-toxic natural substance, has been proven effective in the eradication of infestations in pets. Be cautious in spraying any type of essential oil on cats or small dogs, only lightly mist them, then use a flea comb to spread the spay around. Here is a recognized safe cedarwood oil flea spray for dogs and cats: Triple Sure Natural Flea and Tick Spray made by Natural Wonder Products.
BORAX. This is another home treatment for flea infestations. Borax kills fleas by dehydrating them.
2. FLEA CONTROL IN YOUR HOUSE
SUCK THEM UP AND WASH AWAY. Thoroughly vacuum the areas where your pet spends time. Concentrate on bedding, carpet, cracks and crevices. Regularly wash your pet’s bedding. Do not forget about the car. Steam cleaning your carpets is an even more effective method of killing fleas, larvae, and eggs.
CHINCHILLA DUST. This is correctly called ‘diatomaceous earth,’ which consists of the skeletons of microscopic algae. It can be purchased in pet supply stores, but be sure it is the kind meant for pets, not the glassified type which is used in swimming pool filters. It can be used on your pet and in the house. Apply it weekly during flea season, vacuuming 3 days after applying. Make a point of putting it in the cracks and crevices. This can also be safely applied to your dog or cat.
WEEKLY WASH: Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water at least once a week. Carefully roll up the bedding so as to not lose the eggs which could drop off. Washing will the fleas, removing the eggs, larvae and pupae
DEHUMIDIFY. Humidity is vital for flea survival. Flea eggs need humidity of 75% to hatch, flea larvae need 50% humidity to survive. For example in places with adequate humidity, 20% of the eggs survive. In dry areas with LOW humidity, less than 5% of the eggs survive. Using a dehumidifier in your home will go a long way in stopping the flea cycle.
3. FLEA CONTROL IN YOUR YARD
NATURAL CONTROL IN YOUR YARD. Nematodes are microscopic worms that prey on the larvae and pupae of fleas. They can be purchased at most garden stores; a small canister contains 100 million little worms. Follow the label directions, spraying them on the damp bushy areas in your yard.
SHORT LAWN. Keeping the grass short allows the sun to shine on the larvae killing them. The goal here is to make it uncomfortable for the fleas to reproduce.
ANTS ARE GOOD. They will eat flea eggs and larvae – so longs as they are not eating your house, then keep them alive to interrupt the flea life cycle.
NATURAL TOPICALS OUTSIDE. Diatomaceous earth, which consists of the skeletons of microscopic algae. It can be purchased in pet supply stores, but be sure it is the kind meant for pets, not the glassified type which is used in swimming pool filters. It can be used on your pet and in the house and on areas where your pet sleeps outside.
Dr Andrew Jones is the owner of the Nelson Animal Hospital, a former practicing Veterinarian with 17 years experience, and author of numerous alternative dog and cat health books and publications.
For Dr Jones newest video and special Report on ALL of his TOP ways to get rid of fleas Naturally go to: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally and Avoid Toxic Insecticides
51 thoughts on “How to get rid of Fleas Naturally”
How would you use Borax to get rid of fleas?
Dry by rubbing in and combing with a flea comb or wet by shampooing with it?
I have a 8 pound 3 year old dog.
I am also interested in how Borax should be used. I have had a very bad experience with flea “drops” for two of my cats, although the dogs have been fine but I would prefer not to use an insecticide.
Get a second opinion about your case…while I admire you taking a stand on holistic and natural remedies (you truly care about doing NO HARM)..you are not using your GOD GIVEN talents on veterinarian care. Why not give it a shot – and attempt to get your license back. What do have to lose? (besides money)…Why can’t your wife (get a holistic medicine certificate or the equivalent) and handle the natural remedy business…and you do the Vet part? There’s got to be a way around this – and be able to do both. I think the BC Vet Board is unreasonable – jealous of your success. YOU are doing MORE GOOD THAN HARM ?? Mixed up crazy world. Good luck.
I am not able to fill out that space to get the 10 veterinary secrets- don’t understand why I can’t move it to the right place-
Get a second opinion about your case. I have some information that might be useful in helping you, email me if you are interested in more
I have tried almost every manageable option that you mention plus others and combinations. I have found that once the cycle gets going, fleas are vicious and I can only get rid of them by using chemicals (drops and spraying) which I prefer to avoid. I have dogs and cats. The dogs range in size from 12lbs to 110lbs. These animals occupy almost two acres of property. I would welcome something that truly works that I feel good about using on my pets. I do not use any chemicals other than diatomaceous earth on my cats after a close call two years ago. One of them went into liver failure and I almost lost him.
How is the flea, lice, tick, et al, scourge contracted by humans? Are humans directly infected through their pets (or contact with another animal)? Or are humans only able to
‘get’ fleas, et al from another human being?
How can this infestation in humans be identified or treated…what testing is available to determine without a doubt that a human has fleas or ticks or lice or any other such pest?
guys, get a book called Natural Nutrition for Cats by Kymythy R. Schultze (she has a book for dogs too). Not only will this book open your eyes about the pet food industry and reaffirm everything Andrew says but you’ll find awesome recipes for making your own catfood. like so many cats, my cats used to be horribly fussy (I now know why!) but not any more. They utterly ADORE their food and guess what? NO FLEAS! And I live on a 5acre horse property with lots of sand, gravel etc! I don’t live in a house; I live in a steel shed and thanks to chronic fatigue, my housekeeping skills are virtually nonexistant. But still NO FLEAS. The only time my cats tend to get them is when I’ve run out of their special food and I start to feed them regular food that doesn’t have the unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that I normally add into their mix. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough!
Do NOT use the Borax on your animals. It is for the carpets. It will dehydrate the fleas and then you vacuum it up. Go to http://www.boraxfleas.com/
for more info, but absolutely do not put directly on any animal!!
Try that Melissa’a Aloe-Pet, a food supplement.
It is organic aloe vera and nopal cactus juices
Feed it to the pets daily and they will never have fleas!!!!!
try that Melissa’s aloe-pet food supplement
It is made with organic aloe vera and nopal cactus juices (as mentionaed By Dr. Oz )
Feed it to the pets ao a daily basis, and they will not be attracted to any blood sucking insects, fleas or ticks.
I live in southern Spain – hot, dry conditions not great for fleas, so they’re not such a problem. TICKS, however…. brought to us constantly by goat herders, they are a major nuisance to my lot (five dogs, three cats, even the six parrots). What suggestions do you have for them, please?
I just want to respond in saying that you can get fleas from animals (and any source). Vitamin B1 is good for repelling them. Fleas do not like the taste of vitamin B1. They cause severe itching, and you can sometimes see them jumping (they are tiny and black). Hope this helps.
What is the prevention method? I used Revolution on my husky as I was informed by the Vet that it is the right stuff to use for prevention.
What is the prevention method? My dog does not have flea but I used Revolution on my husky as I was informed by the Vet that it is the right stuff to use for prevention.
Is it true that all Canadian-made dog foods come from the same factory, and that factory imports (sometimes toxic) ingredients from China? How sad. I thought Canada was this super clean place. But then, I should’ve been suspicious after their official reaction to your honesty.
Did you know that the print out of these pages contains ads for Advantage (at PetSmart.com) and various EXTERMINATORS? How did they get into your fine paper about natural methods of flea control? Spam, spam, spam! Let’s vow never to feed spam to our pets.
Keep up the great work. We love you.
I discovered quite by accident, that MSM powder (a derivative of DMSO) helps repel fleas. When my old pug, who was a flea magnet, got arthritic, we started putting glucosamine & MSM powder in his food. We noticed that the fleas dissappeared from him. So we started giving it to the other dogs in the family with the same results. We haven’t had to use chemical flea prevention for years. Only time we have a little trouble is when the humidity or stress level goes up!
In my house garlic seems to work. I have been feeding my dogs a home diet for more than 11 years now. When I hake the rice I always add garlic. My dogs have never had fleas. So it’s working for mine. I also wanted to say that steam cleaning isn’t always a good idea. I knew a family who’s dog and house were flea infested. So they did all the chemical applications but it did not kill the eggs in the carpet. When they steam cleaned it hatched the eggs and the infestation started all over again 🙁
I read once and tried it and it worked! You buy a lamp with a cap shade, like a work lamp for hobbies or a work bench and set it on the floor with a bowl underneath it and in the bowl put some water and a squirt of dishsoap in it. Make sure the lamp shade is right over the bowl, two inches above it but of course not touching it…do make sure it is secured so as not to fall into the bowl and us a small bulb. Do this at night only because the fleas are attracted to light and warmth and they jump right into the bowl and die! Caught many for several nights until no more. Use a flea comb on your pet and do the bowl at night and you can move it around to different rooms until you are satisfied or the fleas life cycle is done. Good luck!
We have used garlic to keep flies off our horses, but I will have to try garlic for fleas now.
A very informative site to visit. I enjoyed this and has been very helpful to me. I will recommend this to others.
If you want to get rid of the fleas in your house…just spray the yellow liquid form (lysol). Spray everything after 3 days YOU will be flea FREE!
What about thieves oil? OR lavender? Are they safe to use? I have two small dogs 5lbs and 9lbs who both have fleas and hot spots. I clean like a mad woman i bathe them with the flea shampoo, I have tried the vinegar all with no luck. And I see no answers here and my babies need real HELP AND FAST ! ! ! And you know the Vet wants to give them chemicals. Could you please answer my questions via email or something they really need help.
See Dr. Jones’ article here: https://veterinarysecrets.com/how-to-get-rid-of-fleas-naturally/
Isn’t garlic toxic to dogs aswell!!!!
I have used garlic for years with my Bichons after having one of my dogs have seizures after applying the topical stuff you get at the vet. I also started in the food grade Perma-Guard Organic Diatomaceous Earth. Make sure it is the FOOD GRADE as the other type can be toxic. You can also put this in their water or on their food for parasite control.
It is crazy how Big Pharma tries to make natural seem un-natural.
listen to the ads they have continuously and the side effects that it can cause ..even death they say and yet people continue to take them and do you know that 180,000 people per year die..not of the disease but the side effects!!
I see on t.v. continously..if you took this drug and your baby was born with the following,,you could be allowed a compensation!!!!
The world is nuts! yep..not the good nuts..because nuts are good for you :)..Good idea that your wife would do as one said..always a way around and since when is it against the law to treat…naturally? Man had only been killing more peop,e with their invention of drugs than the diseases themselves…but of course all keeps quiet about it.
Dr Jones, fellow pet lovers and owners, I’ve been advised by my vet that I should purchase the combined heartworm / flea tablet FLEXIS. Our flea infestation was/is over the top. We’ve tried numerous natural methods (most of them from Dr Jones’s blog and seminars) and even daily shampooing to no avail. Can you PLEASE share your opinion on this drug. We always administer Heartworm medication as misquitoes are far too numerous too much stagnant water in our area and we don’t want to take any un-needed chances.
Carole’s method is an old hippie treehugger trick that REALLY WORKS. Use a clear pyrex shallow, rectangular casserole dish. Put a sheet of white typing paper under it. Fill with water and a few drops of liquid soap. Use real soap, not the biodegradable stuff. I use a gooseneck lamp. At night the fleas will hop to the lightbulb, find it too hot to grab, fall into the water and sink to the dish bottom because the soap film won’t allow surface tension. It is sadistically fun to watch the little buggers do their fatal dive, and in the morning there’s a satisfactory body count until they’re finally all gone. Takes about seven nights.
I had bought a creme/medicine from my vet last year when my cat got fleas. I applied it on her upper neck just like I was told to do but later that night I woke to the horrifying noise of my cat coughing. She drooled all over and her pupils were large. I cried all night thinking that I had killed my cat. I stayed up with her and had to refill her water dish 3 times. I washed her as best I could to keep from repeating the problem. I felt terrible and had no way to help her. (We dont have a nearby vet clinic,or one that is open at 2am!)Luckily she was okay in the morning and the water I gave her seemed to wash out the chemical in her. I still wish that I had read this before the accident. I will never again use a vet brand flea repelent.
I love your site great info thank you.
One remedy that works instantly is Kleene Greene or any other product that is an enzymatic cleaner. Kills fleas as soon as it touches the solution. It is made from plant enzymes. It’s also used for bed bugs and can be used to dissolve odors instantly such as urine. Another remedy is pennyroyal which is an oil. I believe the smell is totally obnoxious to any pests. Falls along the same category as cedar oil.
Actually, the remedy pennyroyal can be toxic to both humans and animals from what I read in Wikipedia. I would avoid using pennyroyal.
I bathe my dog in dawn dish detergent and a good conditioner afterwards and this usually does the trick.
A simple way to keep flees off of your dogs and cats is to give them garlic powder.I have a 19 lb. dachshund and I put about 4 Tbsp. of water in a small bowl with 1 half tsp. of garlic powder, 1 half tsp. of brewers yeast (makes his coat soft and a little dab of piminto cheese for flavor, I mx this up and he loves it.I do this twice a day, morning and night and he has no more flees or ticks either. Flees hate the taste of garlic, and it has to the garlic power that you cook with. Garlic pills don’t work. This is not toxic to your pets.
I’e always used garlic for my two dogs and my cat, Belle is 4 and Dexter is 3, 75 and 90 pounds respectively, kiwi is 10 pounds. minced garlic in their food, not daily but pretty close to it, I can even throw Dexter garlic cloves and he’ll chow those down. I live in Newfoundland, it’s almost always damp here and our dehumidifier runs 24/7, but we have been successful so far with the flea control.
I had a really bad flea infestation this summer and tried EVERYTHING! I kept spending more and more money on the products available and recommended by the pet stores to no avail. After a lot of searching and reading a book on useful household items, I destroyed the fleas and had no problems since. I would put vinegar and water onto a cloth and stroke the cat with it. The fleas dont like vinegar. I sprinkled salt on all the carpets which kills the eggs and dries out larvae. perfect. Salt and vinegar fixed it all and for pennies at that!
Diatomaceous Earth (Be sure to get food grade as the other is poisonous):
Bug Killer You Can Eat!
It’s safe, effective. Google it.
I use it all over the house for bug killing.
I even put it in the cracks by the windows
where ants were coming in & no more ants.
It’s safe. A little goes a long way.
Also before you go nuts with it, read some
of the articles online ‘cos several say if you
have a LOT of it in your carpet, it can harm your
vacuum. (I guess it depends on the type of vacuum you have….) I put a trail of it by door/window sills when I 1st start opening them,
then mist it lightly to keep it in place.
NO MORE creeping things….at least not from ground level..yeah some still get in but not at those entrances.
Forgot to say that if you raw feed, it’s also good to add a pinch to your animals food every few days (add WATER to it..it’s very drying).
It has no taste, but prevents all kinds of weird parasites. (People can take it too)
AGAIN, remember to get FOOD GRADE the other kind is POISONOUS
Hi, useful. I use cedar oil. I have pot riveted a felt pad on to the collars of my two English Pointers. In the summer, once a fortnight (or after they have been swimming) I put a few drops on the felt pad. GI’s put cedar chips of wood into their bedding when in the jungle to keep insects away (I have a cedar wood garage and it is over 40 years old and no sign of wood worm) Please be aware though, cedar oil is toxic
I get rid of fleas and the eggs on my dog by bathing/shampooing her with the BLUE DAWN dish soap, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinsing her and it kills both the fleas and the eggs.
Fleas hate citrus, we have found that cutting an orange in half and rubbing it over your pet will help a lot in combating fleas! and the citrus does not hurt the pet if they lick it! And they smell good LOL
Juist mijn Poedel krijgt ook epileptische aan vallen door al die troep uit spuit busjes ik doe het alleen in de nek een beetje spuiten waar ze niet kunnen likken knoflook had ik gehaald kon ik weggooien wilden ze hun eten niet meer ja goed voor de lijn maar is niet nodig2x uuruit laten en rennen ook poedel van 13 jaar!bedankt voor alle tips,
Translated via Google:
Precisely my Poodle also get epileptic attack to all that junk from spray cans I only do it in the neck a little spray where they can not lick garlic I met I could, they wanted their food not so good for your figure but is throwing nodig2x uuruit not leave and run also poodle 13 years! thanks for all the tips,
I simply use one formula that I got from Amazon. All you have to do is read these reviews and you’ll understand why I bought it to get rid of fleas: http://amzn.to/MpZ7i1 – My 5 star should be on there as well. This stuff works.
I keep hearing about Diatomaceous Earth. Where would I purchase this?
Diatomaceous earth is available many places. Search the Internet for it, but make sure that you only buy the food grade variety. I bought some on Amazon that is combined with calcium bentonite to make it more effective. (Great company that provides it too.)
I keep hearing about blue Dawn dish detergent being good to eliminate external parasites, but haven’t tried it yet.
Vegetable oil will suffocate fleas. I bathe my dogs and lightly towel dry them so they are damp, but not dripping wet. I then spray the vegetable oil on and rub in it as I go. I spray the oil more heavily down their backs and around their tails but I make sure I spray them all over. I then towel off the excess oil.
This will last for several days. The dogs will keep a wet, somewhat greasy look, until I shampoo and oil them up again. I keep the funiture covered but I was already doing this anyway.
I use any brand of vegetable oil, usually the store brand, and I pour it into a spray bottle. This makes it easy to apply the oil over the entire dog’s body without wasting any. I only have to use this method of flea control during the summer months. During the winter months, I dust the dogs with food grade diatomaceous earth. I use food grade DE year round for the cats.
I was told to use Boric acid not Borax as you suggest…any comments
I have been using Diatomaceous earth. It works, but I need some to go with it, keep seeing suggestion to use coconut oil, how safe it.
Borax mixed with salt in carpet works. Let it set for an hour then vacumn it up. Peppermint and lemongrass oil in water makes an excellent spray (not on your pet) as well. Cedar chips stuffed inside of a pet bed keeps fleas away. Vacumn vacumn vacumn. Natural flea traps- white plate with water and a drop of soap. Place where they swarm you. The soap breaks the water tension and they drown.
I changed my dogs (10 of them!) 3 years ago to raw food.
We live in rural southern France, where fleas and ticks are rampant and a menace.
The second year after being on raw food, we had guests from Australia for the summer, and I dosed the dogs end of May in anticipation of hot summer, fleas and wanting to avoid our guests being bitten. But this past year (2020) we had full lockdown and I didn’t have access to the vet on a just walk in basis, and didn’t get around to buying the flea and tick medication.
The dogs had a brilliant summer, no one around so they could run around the woods and fields over 12 hectares. Not a single flea or tick or itchies the entire year.
I was told that raw food could produce this side-effect, but didn’t quite believe it. It’s been a major bonus as one dog in particular got quiet ill and has trouble breathing after the flea medication every year.
Will it be the same this summer? Who knows but I sincerely hope so.
Thought I’d pass this on.