Fleas are the toughest little creatures to rid off in our animals. They multiply so quickly and they seem to appear out of nowhere.
According to the study by the National Resources for Defense Council, some of the flea killers we use on our pets could be harmful to our children, to adults and even on our own pets. Fortunately there are quite a few home remedies for killing fleas that are tried and true and are all natural.
The use of garlic is the favorite of the home remedies for killing fleas. You can either use garlic powder or garlic pill. Sprinkle some garlic powder on your pet’s food, about 2 teaspoons for dogs over 50 lbs, for smaller dogs use ½ to ¼ teaspoon a day. Cats should have less than that, about 1/8 teaspoon day, or even less, for 2 weeks.
Another of the known home remedies for killing fleas would be a combination of garlic powder and brewers yeast. Once again, mix this with your pet’s food. There is a product in the store that has a mixture of yeast and garlic powder and it’s in a wafer form and could be used as a “treat” for your pet or it is also available in powder form and this could be used to sprinkle on your pet’s food.
Some owners have their own home remedies for killing fleas such as the use of lemon sliced thin with 2 pints of water. Boil the water and mix the sliced up lemon in the water. Let stand for 12 hours. Pour in a sprayer or apply on a soft cloth and rub onto your pet’s fur. This should kill the fleas until the next scheduled bath or grooming for your pet.
Some owners use an Indian herb, Neem, as a natural home remedy for killing fleas. It comes in a lotion form and is known to be the most effective treatment. Beware, however as some animals are sensitive to Neem which is why it mostly advised to use the lotion form instead of the oil form.
And yet, some owners believe in using vinegar as a natural remedy for killing fleas! Add some vinegar in your pet’s bath water, while bathing – it is believed that this prevents your pet from having anymore fleas.
Another popular natural answer for killing fleas would be the use of apple cider vinegar although this does not kill the fleas so be sure to do this outside. Mix 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water and pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray onto your pet’s coat, completely soaking the fur, and comb through. This should ward off the fleas, reportedly, for 3 to 4 days. It has also been reported that mixing 4 tablespoons per gallon of water helps fight the fleas too.
And yet, there are the easy remedies for killing fleas such as leaving any kind of shampoo on your dog for 5 to 10 minutes – this will kill the fleas but NOT the eggs. The use of citrus oil extracts are believed to kill both eggs and adult fleas.