Here are some great natural cat and dog flea remedies from Dr. Carol Osborne, Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center.
- Purchase a good flea comb and use it every day to remove adult fleas from your animals’ coats. This will provide instant relief as well as helping you keep tabs on the flea population.
- Bathe your pets with a gentle shampoo containing calendula, oatmeal, or Aloe once every week or two. Throw their bedding into the washer while you’re at it.
- Vacuum your house as frequently as possible, and stow the vacuum bag inside a plastic bag in your freezer to kill any fleas or flea eggs that you happened to vacuum up.
- Give your pets a B-complex vitamin supplement every day to boost the health of their coat.
- Make a natural flea repellent by adding six or seven drops of the essential oils of rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella to a cup of water and shaking well. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution to your dog’s coat every other day. (Do not use this on cats―they are too sensitive to essential oils.)
- Black walnut capsules are a good flea repellent for dogs―adjust the dosage by bodyweight and give several times a week.
- Diatomaceous earth, which consists of fossilized algae, will kill fleas by causing them to dehydrate. It is very important that you buy the natural diatomaceous earth sold in gardening centers rather than the kind that is used in pools. The latter has been treated and contains dangerous chemicals. Spread diatomaceous earth on your carpets and hardwood flooring and leave it down as long as possible, then vacuum it up along with the dead fleas. It’s a very light powder, so be sure not to let your animals (or children) breathe it in while it is being applied.
- Your yard can also be treated for fleas. Keep your grass cut short and try dousing it with beneficial nematodes―these are roundworms who are more than happy to dine on flea larvae. You can purchase them online. Flea Busters has them (see below), as do many other companies.
- Flea Busters/Rx for Fleas is a cruelty-free professional flea-control company that will treat your home for you or sells you the products to do so yourself. Flea Busters uses Borax-its $7.00 dollars available at most stores. Sprinkle it over your floors and into your carpets, let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum. This provides one year of natural flea protection within your home that is effective.