When it comes to pets, nothing is more frustrating than dealing with fleas. Last summer, getting them off our pets and out of our house was a total nightmare. Since then, we’ve tried lots of tips and tricks, but these house hacks have been the most effective in helping us get rid of fleas.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas
Be careful about using essential oils around cats; many are too sensitive for it. Instead, opt for natural lemon juice on a flea comb. The lemon scent helps deter fleas, and the comb will help you remove any adult fleas on your kitty.
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Make your own natural flea powder. It also repels ticks and other bugs and uses all-natural ingredients.
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You’ll have no trouble getting your furry friend to eat these flea prevention dog treats. They use only 2 simple ingredients: coconut oil and brewer’s yeast. Easy!
via Health Starts in the Kitchen
For a cheap but effective option, set up a lamp over a bowl of sudsy water overnight. (Make sure your pets can’t drink the sudsy water). The fleas will gravitate toward the light and be caught in the bowl.
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Fleas thrive in humid environments. If you have a dehumidifier (affiliate), turn it on for a couple of days to remove some moisture from the air in the rooms where you’re having trouble with fleas.
As you know, if your pets have fleas, they’re likely on your furniture, too. Use this homemade upholstery cleaner made with borax, baking soda and essential oils to get rid of fleas and dust mites on upholstery. It works on mattresses, sofas, chairs, rugs and dog beds.
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Make a dog scrub flea treatment shampoo out of Dawn dish detergent and salt. Apparently, the Dawn kills the adult fleas, and the salt helps suffocate eggs.
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Brew a natural flea repellent made of witch hazel, sliced lemons and lavender. This treatment actually smells good, and it’s easy to apply to your pet when you put it in a squirt bottle.
A vacuum and salt works wonders when you have fleas hiding in your carpet. This blogger says that the salt dehydrates fleas. Well, salt is cheap, and it’s certainly worth a try!
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Get rid of fleas in your yard using food-grade diatomaceous earth (affiliate). DE must be applied dry, so you’ll need a protective mask to cover your mouth and nose when applying it.
Wash your cats (or dogs) with a lemon-scented dish soap. Again, the lemon scent helps deter fleas.
This may sound a little strange, but have you thought about applying nematodes to your yard? That’s right… roundworms. They’re natural parasites to fleas, and within a month, your yard should be rid of fleas for good.
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Consider adding some plants that naturally repel fleas to your landscaping. Lavender, mint, sage and rosemary are all excellent choices. Added bonus: your yard will smell great, and you’ll have some fresh herbs!
Apple cider vinegar is a flea deterrent, and you can make a drink for your dog to make ingestion simple. Read here for recommendations based on your dog’s weight.
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Rub coconut oil into your dog’s fur to kill fleas within just a few minutes. You may want to put a sweater on your dog to keep him from licking it, although it’s safe if he does.
In addition to your pet’s regular flea prevention medication, try a flea collar to help repel fleas. Buy one at the store, or make a flea and tick collar yourself by soaking your dog’s cloth collar in a mixture of witch hazel, essential oils and garlic oils. (Do not use this treatment on cats… Purchase their flea collars instead.)
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For more pet-related tips, check out these posts:
- How to Stop a Cat from Scratching Your Furniture
- 5 Tips for Dealing with Pet Hair
- Best Pets for Families with Kids
Note: We re not vets or pet professionals, check all these ideas by your vet if you have any concerns.