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Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Purplegoth67 (Rustington, West Sussex, England) on 03/19/2012
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About the flea problem. I have tried watering down tea tree oil and spraying that on my two dogs bedding and carpets. We are finding less and less fleas both on the animals and bedding. I think that being an oil, it takes out the oxygen and smothers the little b's. Good luck


Posted by Tuff Love (Orlando, Florida) on 04/19/2009
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I had two kittens that were infested with fleas. I was in a real jam because I had no money to put toward taking them to the vet. I did however have some Tea tree shampoo for humans and decided it was my only option. I lathered them both down in a big deep tupperware container with the tea tree shampoo and let them sit for 10 minutes or so with the lid on the container. they didn't like it much and meowed the whole time but it was for their own good. then I opened the lid and filled it to about shoulder height with warm water. the fleas were visibly running for high ground and several did try to jump out and even landed on my hands and shirt (wear a white shirt so you can see them) so I knew it was working. once filled to a safe height quickly put the lid back on with the kittens inside. they meowed like hell to get out but I knew they were safe and got thru it. I left them in for 20 minutes or so, took em out, rinsed off and picked a few visible fleas off them. the kittens came out fine, the dead fleas were in the water and I even found dead fleas falling off here and there hours later. the Tea Tree shampoo worked great for me and fortunately my kittens weren't allergic. I know this remedy isn't for everyone but if you're in jam and can handle the cute things whining your ears off it works just fine.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, CA
04/21/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Please never put the lid on a container which encloses animals, as they could easily suffocate!

Replied by L.d.
Richmond, Va
10/03/2010
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

PLEASE tell me that you were joking. You didn't really put two kittens in a closed airtight container, up to their shoulders in water for even a half a second? Besides the danger involved, that is one of the cruelest things I've heard in a long time. I wouldn't tell anyone in person or you'll find yourself facing animal cruelty charges. The "cute things" were "whining your ears off" because you put them through torture. Would you have put your children in an airtight container up to their necks in water? Please, NOBODY take this advice.

Replied by Jds
Morgantown, Wv
09/05/2011
1 out of 5 stars

Not only is this cruel but cats are highly allergic to tea tree oil. Their skin absorbs everything like a sponge and this is why cats and dogs do not use the same flea medications or shampoos. My neighbor killed a kitten this way and it was a horrible thing to watch a cat have seizures in this manner. This person apparently has no idea how close they came to killing these kittens via suffocation and or poisoning them. Try breathing in an air tight container while you are up to your belly in water, jerk. When an animal is screaming it means something is wrong! These cats were writhing in pain because their skin was burning and they couldn't breathe! What is wrong with people?


Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 10/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Tea tree oil will kill fleas, on your dog immediately, when mixed with baby shampoo. Leave it on and lather well, and most if not all the fleas will die, and wash out. This will not prevent the fleas from returning. You have to use a collar.

EC: WARNING! Tea Tree oil may be toxic to cats and dogs!

From Wikipedia:

Pet Flea Control use

Tea tree oil has long been used as a method of all natural effective flea control by adding the oil directly to dogs, horses and sheep fur or their bathing water. Use on cats has been known to make them sick and in some cases kill them, this is due to cats licking their fur and consuming the oil.[23]

According to National Animal Poison Control Center, the use of tea tree oil in dogs has been associated with hypothermia, muscle weakness, ataxia, tremors, altered behavior, paralysis. A case report has been published in which three cats had clinical signs and one cat died after being treated with the oil. [24]

Also read this feedback on Earth Clinic: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/tea_tree_oil.html#TOXICCATSDOGS

Replied by Sherry
Columbus, Ohio
12/26/2008

While researching tea tree oil as a skin healer, I noted that tea tree oil can be very toxic to cats. A couple of comments here mention tea tree oil use for cats to help prevent fleas. Thought I should just mention it.


Ted's Mange Cure  

Posted by Lyndy (Augusta, GA) on 11/07/2014

Will Ted's mange cure work on fleas?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/07/2014

Hey Lyndy!

The mange remedy will kill fleas on your dog during the dipping process, but you will also need to eliminate fleas in your pet's environment as well. If you are infested in the house, you might try a simple flea trap using a small lamp placed on the floor over a white tray or white plate filled with dish soapy water. Leave on over night and check for fleas in the morning. This trap is very effective at removing adult fleas and when used regularly can remove all the fleas from your home -and thus avoid reinfesting your dog.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US
11/07/2014

I remember this remedy from my grandparents, what a great idea. I'm going to try this again, I had forgotten all about this. Thank you.


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Posted by Paul (Jacksonville, Florida) on 12/12/2012
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For fleas - rub your pets with waxed mrytle leaves, then throw some small branchs of leaves behind furniture and in front of your return air handler. Fleas, mosqitoes and ticks do not like the smell and will find their way out of your place. It is a wild evergreen that can grow to 18-20 foot. Some people will have a skin rash if they touch it. It has a light evergreen smell but does not look like an evergreen tree it has leaves. It grows along ditchs and in dry areas. If you crush the leaf in your hand and it smells evergreen you found it.