Natural Ways to Rid Your Pets of Ticks & Fleas
Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 11:16 am
Are pests a problem for your pets? No matter what time of year, ticks and fleas can wreck havoc on your furry friends. Pet medications can be harsh for your animals and can cause more irritations than they’re worth. Instead, try using all-natural remedies to keep fleas and ticks off your pets instead of the chemical based methods!
Natural Pest Control for Pets
Tick populations rise in July and August because the summer time heat usually spikes. Dogs and cats can easily pick up ticks from the yard or the woods and can carry them inside. Commercial tick collars and sprays are an option, but they often contain harsh or even toxic chemicals. If you are leery of using chemical products on your pet or in your home, there are a number of all-natural home remedies for keeping the blood sucking pests away.
- One way to keep the ticks from latching onto your pet is feeding them garlic pills a few times a week. The garlic enters the bloodstream and is said to keep the bugs away.
- Another method is mixing 10 parts witch hazel and 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle. Spray your pet before, during, and after being exposed to ticks. This mixture is a deterrent to ticks.
- You can also create a cedar oil spray. Combine water and cedar oil, and spray once a day if you go out into tick areas regularly. Spray your pets directly or use your palm to rub around the face and tummy area. They should pick up fewer ticks when carrying the cedar scent.
- Using a variety of essential oils can also keep ticks away, including eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender.
Fleas are a very common problem with pets today, especially during spring and summer. These bugs tend to be difficult to get rid of, so you may be fighting an uphill battle getting them out of your home and off your pets for good. Both flea ointments and flea collars are laden with chemicals. They’re designed to kill fleas, after all. Using an all-natural method to rid your home and pets of fleas works too. There are plenty of home remedies to try.
- Eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, rue, wormwood, and yellow dock all seem to act as flea repellents. To make your own herbal flea powder, combine equal amounts of these herbs and mix them well. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder on your pet’s coat and massage it in thoroughly, making sure to reach the skin
- Use a drop or two of rosemary or eucalyptus essential oils on a plain canvas or fabric-covered collar. This creates an all-natural flea collar.
- Natural flea repellent can be made by 2 cups of fresh rosemary or peppermint soaked in boiled water. Saturating the animal’s coat with this liquid and letting it air dry creates an aroma that should keep the fleas away.
- A flea spray can be made by mixing water with chamomile, licorice, Valerian, and witch hazel extracts.
- Diluted apple cider vinegar creates a cleaning solution or disinfectant that can be used as spray for carpets, pet bedding, and crates to repel the fleas.