When my puppy was small, I went through a massive flea invasion. We’re talking weeks of battling the creatures, attempting to soothe my poor pup. I wish I knew then what I know now about natural flea control for dogs and cats.
After flea bombs, powders, medicated baths, and lawn treatments, I couldn’t seem to shake the fleas. As a first-time pet owner, I was at a loss. Frustrated and defeated. Ever since, I’ve been on a mission to keep fleas at bay. So far, I’ve been successful.
Here are natural flea control options I’ve found for dogs and cats.
1) Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Diatomaceous Earth is the miracle worker you’ve never heard of. It’s a fine powder made from fossilized algae, and the food-grade form is entirely non-toxic to humans and pets. All you have to do is spread thin layers of the powder on carpets, along baseboards, and anywhere else you think fleas may be hiding and let it sit for a couple of days.
Then, vacuum the remaining powder up. You can also spread DE throughout your yard and brush it through your pets’ fur. DE can be purchased online or at most home improvement stores.
2) Citrus Peel Extract
Citrus peels contain extracts that can treat both live fleas and their eggs effectively. You can buy bottles of these natural extracts and apply them indoors to rid your home of an infestation.
Note: Some variations aren’t safe for cats- read the bottle carefully to see if there’s a warning.
That’s right. You can help prevent a flea infestation in your yard by buying nematodes and setting them free. Nematodes are little worms that live in the soil and eat fleas. Even better, they also ward off termites and grubs.
To purchase nematodes, visit your local home improvement store or garden center for advice on the best type to buy.
4) Flea Repelling Plants
Placing plants, including sage, rosemary, basil, and mint outside and at the entryways of your home, can help ward off fleas. The plants give off natural oils that will stop the fleas from infesting your yard or house, and ultimately keep them off your pets.
5) Natural Flea Baths
Dawn dish soap is a lifesaver. While it won’t kill an infestation, it’s an excellent natural solution to eliminating fleas on your pet’s body. Wash your pet in the tub and let dish soap stay on their coats for ten minutes before rinsing. The fleas will fall right off.
Note: A natural flea bath won’t eliminate fleas from your home, so make sure you treat your house as well.
Know When It’s Time to Call a Professional
Sometimes, a flea infestation gets so bad that you don’t have a choice but to call a professional for extermination. Many companies offer green treatments for pests, meaning that they use natural, safe alternatives to harsh, toxic chemicals that are both pet and family-safe.
A Note from GR8NESS
If you can’t beat a flea infestation on your own, don’t be discouraged. Different pets have different healthcare needs. Always consult with your veterinarian before using any flea control for your dogs and cats.