Natural Flea Control

Last Modified on Jul 27, 2014


 

Nematodes

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  12/28/2011: Margie from Coppell, Tx: "Just wanted to add beneficial nematodes to the flea arsenal (maybe it's already here somewhere). Several years ago, the big name flea treatment applied to the back of the pets neck just stopped working for us. We got infested. We used borax & DE in the house (too much carpet), but outside we used nematodes. I purchased a bulk supply with 3 types of nematodes and have continued putting them out every spring. These fabulous parasitic worms also kill June bugs, termites, fire ants and other creatures that spend at least part of their life cycle in the earth. Here in zone 7, I spray them 3 times @ 5 day intervals in early April."

NexGard

Approval Ratings
SIDE EFFECT (1)
100%

[SIDE EFFECTS]  07/11/2014: Deb from Roseville, Mi: "Our 12 yo lab/pit mix is having side affects from the use of NexGard Flea and Tick treatment. He is in very good health as a rule . He had a vet check about a month ago. All was fine. Since giving him the flea mess we have noticed a loss of appetite, lethargy and dry flaky skin. This is by no means the norm for our baby. How long will this last? Are there any natural alternatives for flea and tick control. Seeing our dog like this is heartbreaking ..."

Replies
07/11/2014: Om from Hope, Bc Canada replies: "Deb from Roseville. Mi --- as you may see in one post of mine below, natural orange cleaner which is essential oil of orange, kills even mites and is good for the coat. If it was my dog, I would not pay for poisons for fleas. Perhaps you may want to use charcoal or ESSIAC to clean out the poison now in the blood.

Namaste, Om"

07/12/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Deb!

Om posted an excellent reply - re: Activated charcoal and Essiac tea to clean out the blood. I would also try to get him to take in as much liquid as possible to flush the chemicals out. In addition I would bathe your dog to remove as much of the topical as you can.

Also, since you have a senior with these symptoms you may wish to return to the vet and run a blood panel to rule out any complications with the liver or kidneys. The sooner you catch these things the better."

Oil Soap

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  11/24/2012: Bonart from Ravenna, Ohio, Us: "I have a Golden Retriever that was itching all over, I checked for fleas didn't see one. Vet found some droppings around her tail said to give her a flea bath and an antihistamine for her flea allergy.

That worked for a day or so----then found some research on Oil Soap for fleas---same one for furniture--and a lot of successful reviews--so I bought some and diluted 1/4 cup with 3 cups warm water--rubbed it in real good all over--rinsed her off-her coat was soft smelled clean-

she itched for an hour or so------then no scratching at all, and her belly had been red-now just pink--it worked. She's sleeping better and all night. What a cheap fix---then read cedarwood oil with a carrier oil kills fleas-----use that as a spray and this is 2 weeks now---no problems. I see a lot of Vets recommend the Oil Soap, wonder why my Vet never heard of it. It doesn't say anything on the bottle, just for furniture. So check it out on the internet. Molly had a great flea free thanksgiving and no more antihistamines-Bonnie"

Orange Rind

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  03/01/2010: Rosie from New York, New York: "Another natural remedy for fleas is orange rind. Very good for kittens and for your home. I don't know if it works on dogs. Orange rind contains natural chemicals (pyritherins I think) that kill insects. It must be fresh. Use an orange zester - the large or small gauge. Both will express the orange oil out of the skin. Then just move fresh zest over your cat's fur and watch the fleas fall dead. You do not have to rub it in- gentle moving it around in the vicinity of the cat works well. Cats really don't like the orange but it works so well and harms nothing. I zest oranges before making juice and then toss the zest on carpets, let it set about 10 minutes and then vacuum it up. For furniture I place muslin or a sheet on furniture to protect it. Flea free.

I am going to give the amethyst remedy a try too."

Replies
[YEA]  08/05/2011: Teri In T Town from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "I have used the orange rind on my dog who had a significant problem with fleas. I rub the inside of a peel all over her and then rub it in. It makes her smell heavenly meanwhile but really does a number on the fleas. I also made a spray by boiling 7 or 8 rinds down and filtering it. It is unbelievable how well this works. This and vacuuming seemed to eliminate our flea problem."
10/18/2011: Nannah from Baltimore, Md replies: "thank you... :D"

Pine Sol and Shampoo

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
33%
WARNINGS! (2)
67%

[YEA]  10/21/2008: Lorraine from Charles Town, WV: "After reading your article on loss of fur and flea infestations, I had a comment. Try using Pine Sol mixed with an equal amount of gentle shampoo and conditioner combination in one bottle. Shampoo the dog, leaving shampoo mixture in the fur about 10 minutes. Do this daily for a week. You will see improvement and in our dogs case, an entire regrowth of hair before the week was out.

And do not assume it is mange, which too many vets immediately suggest. It is not always necessary to spend hundreds of dollars at the vet to correct fur loss! Also, a general treatment for fleas is thiamine added to their food daily. Just grind up a tablet and add to their meal. (Although I have not tried this personally, several friends use it regularly and have great results.)"

Replies
[WARNING!]  10/22/2008: Jill from Woodstock, GA, USA replies: "Do not use pine sol... pine oil can be deadly to CATS!"
[WARNING!]  10/23/2008: Shana from Toronto, Canada replies: "Please don't put pinesol on your dog! It's crazy!!"

EC: From our internet research, it appears that Pine Sol is toxic to pets.

Precautions

Approval Ratings
WARNING! (1)
100%

[WARNING!]  07/06/2012: John from Lugoff, Sc: "Use of some chemicals to kill fleas, is dangerous because if it can kill fleas, it can kill you. Some chemicals are absorbed over a period of time and the cumulative effect is not evident right away.

If it can kill fleas, you breathing it or handling it without chemical protection can cause serious injury to you and your pets.

Read the hazard warnings and follow them by using a respirator and protective clothing."

Pure Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender Oils

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  08/03/2007: Pati from Orangevale , California: "I have a Purebred Turkish Angora Cat that is 18 years old now & has never been sick a day in her life.(From My own secret food recipes). So experimenting I decided to mix a few drops Pure Lemon Oil into my hand with natural Organic Shampoo & bathed her in that mixture. It rids her of any Fleas and Itching & makes her white long hair shiny & bright! It does not dry out her skin. So I decided to use just a drop or two of pure Lemon, Lavender & Rosemary oil mixed with my shampoo a large amount on my hand & left it on for a minute or so & then rinsed very well. I then Conditioned with Organic Conditioner or Marine Conditioner from the Sea & now my hair stops falling out, the itching has stopped from dry scalp & my hair is thick, very long down to my lower back and shiny."

Replies
10/08/2008: Diane from Fall River, MA, USA replies: "Hi There. I am guessing that you appreciate all the good information contained on site. I do not understand why you would not share a pet food recipe that you believe has given your cat the long life of 18 years. I sure would like to know what works."
03/24/2009: Charles from Lexington, KY replies: "I am just writing to encourage the woman to share her secret recipe with us or get it on the market."
[YEA]  08/05/2011: Teri In T Town from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "My last dog never had fleas and we never used a thing on him, so I was really baffled when my current dog had a significant problem. I had my last dog, a chocolate lab, when we lived in a house that had slopes in the back yard covered with Lavender and Rosemary. Everyday he rolled around in the herbs, and seemed to enjoy the heck out of it, and would sun himself laying in the middle of them. I always thought it was because they were soft and made for a nice cushion. But, I think he was giving himself a flea treatment and I really loved the way he smelled when he came back inside.

After we moved, we got another lab who plays a lot with dogs in the neighborhood, and we were faced with a very significant problem!! I use a very dilute amount of lavender oil on her, combined with the orange peel treatment, premium raw dog food diet, and lots of vacuuming. You do have to keep up the routine to keep the fleas from coming back, but we have not been bothered with them since."

Remedies Needed

09/20/2012: Judy from Bridgeport, Ct: "What can I use as a treatment for fleas in the house with a pregnant cat. I thought about using d-earth, but I understand it is also for worms and the vet didn't want to give the cat a worm shot, as I did give the cat revolution for the fleas and worms but I need to treat the inside of the house. Can I use d-earth? If not, what would you recommend?"

08/16/2011: Pbruinblonde from New Bedford, Mass, Usa: "I have a 10ib silky terrior who has been for a few months now licking his paws and biting at his bottom quite often. I took to the vets and they said "Fleas" I paid mucho money to follow instructions regarding fleas and I still have same problem. I switch his food from Sweet Potato and Bison to a daily talk show cooks food and wonder if this is not helping. I'd appreciate any suggestions...... I read alot about ACV but I have also read negative responses re: that, so Im afraid, he is only 10ibs and I would be devastated if I did anything more to hurt him. I have tried oatmeal shampoo, store bought flea poweder, flea medicine, fronline, advantage etc.... Thank You"

Replies
12/03/2011: Hiaama from Miamisburg, Oh, Usa replies: "You could try rubbing your friend with a cool damp cloth made with water and ACV. Be sure to rub the paws well between toes. It works well for my 10lb Chorkie. I also put a drop of lavender oil on her neck at night. Good luck!"

08/30/2010: Unbridled1 from Palm Bay, Fl, Us: "Need Advice - Older home, small children and pest problems.

Hello to all,

Need advice for cutting down:
mosquito's (! )
fleas
red ants
roaches
spiders
rats

The mosquito's and the fleas are worst! Recently, my young son and I moved into an older country home with my mom. The house was built around 1890 and hasn't changed much since. The house needs some TLC. Yard Info:
2 1/2 acers of land
Large Oaks
Smaller ponds w/ fish
Grassy areas
Sandy areas
Tall weeds
All types of plants

My mother has a couple of dogs and horses on the property. And, the woods are full of stray cats. I've tired most of the common tips, but normally includes poison of some sort. My son is only two, so I'm hoping to find safer solutions other then poisons. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you for reading my question. I'll be reading through this website, because I'm sure I'll find much helpful advice as well."

Replies
08/06/2011: Gloria from Chicago, Il replies: "Please read my post under diatamaceous earth - I get it from http://www.onlynaturalpet.com - do a search for flea remedies. The product is called All-in-One Flea Remedy. I have used it successfully for fleas, bedbugs, and ants. I think it works for all insects on the ground."

09/29/2009: Robin from Toledo, Ohio: "QUESTION PLEASE: Dog ear problem:

There is a flea in my little dog's ear. She is a three year old Minature Pinscher. Today is the fourth day of this problem, but NOW she is scratching at BOTH EARS (but more so the left one). She keeps shaking her head and scratching the back of her ear and fake-yawning and I feel so bad
for her! Could have the medicine/home remedies have ran from one ear into the other through the ear canal?

After I put her "monthly flea medicine" on her two days ago, I am POSITIVE a flea went up and crawled in her one ear. (there is no smell, started 10 minutes after I applied the flea medicine to her nape of the back of her neck).
Here is what I have tried so far:

..a dropper full Vitamin E oil with no luck;

...a light mixture of a drop or two of peroxide and water,

...wiping it with a cotton ball,

...exploring a gentle look with a Q-tip and a flashlight, I couldn't see ANYTHING at all out of the ordinary

...a few drops of vinegar & water like I read here just in case it was ear mites(that was two days ago).

...I don't have a car to just run to the store and buy something so I want to try anything I might have at home first.

Here is what I HAVEN'T TRIED YET:

-I did not have any baby oil or olive oil to drop in it like I had read on some of your advice columns or I would have tried that..I am so afriad mineral oil will burn her already sensitive-from-scratching ear!
-When I bought the "ear dry" stuff, they did have mineral oil, but only a huge bottle for over 10.00! Plus once I smelled it and noticed how strong it was, I was afraid to use it on her sensitive ears.
-She will not allow me to use the "sucker-outer"thing like we use on babies. Drops I can sneak in there but the ball she sees coming and hides for hours.
-I have not tried a tiny dropper full of the flea medicine as I read on here as well. That is just too scary. It is very strong and when I got it on my face from holding her to check her ears, by accident, it burned my eyes and skin for two days. 'Just too scary to use INSIDE her ears.

ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! I love my baby girl dog so very much, but the vet is over $60.00 (and that isn't even at the one I would have to walk her to because I don't have a car & can't get a ride from anyone until the weekend - in 4 more days!) just for the visit, and I am disabled and on a fixed income. I rescued her 3 yrs. ago from getting hit by a car, and no one claimed her from posters so I have had her in my family ever since and take care of her as well as I can. She is like my tiny baby. I hope to solve this ASAP as she must be sufferring some. I will respond immediately after I have tried something that works to help out someone else, as I didn't see this particular problem listed anywhere on here; none about a flea in a dog's ear rather than ear mites..

Thank you xoxo"

Replies
10/24/2009: Glenessary9 from Salt Lake City, Utah, Usa replies: "Use ___ dishwashing liquid mix with just a little water to make it go thru a dropper easily. With a eye dropper drop 3 drops into her ear then let her shake it out. that should kill it. or you can use salt water."

09/27/2009: Robin from Toledo, Ohio, United States: "There is a flea in my little dog's ear. After I put her "monthly flea medicine" on her two days ago, I am POSITIVE a flea went up and crawled in her one ear. (no smell, started 15 mins. after I applied the flea meds to her back nape of the neck).

I have tried a dropper full Vitamin E oil with no luck. I did not have any baby oil or olive oil to drop in it like I had read on several home remedy sites or I would try that.. I have tried I light mixture of a drop or two of peroxide and water, I have tried wiping it with a cotton ball, exploring a gentle look with a Q-tip and a flashlight and I have tried a few drops of vinegar & water like I read at a self-help pet site for ear mites(that was yesterday).

I don't have a car to just run to the store and buy something so I want to try anything I might have at home before I have to walk several blocks in the rain to buy some mineral oil or eardrops. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! I love my minature pinscher so much, and she keeps shaking her head and scratching the back of her ear and fake-yawning and I feel so bad for her! It's gone on 2 days now - I have to solve this TODAY. I will respond immediately after I have tried something that works to help others, as I see no posts about a flea in a dog's ear rather than ear mites..Thank you xoxo"

09/11/2009: Gozdilla from Burbank, IL: "We always sprinkled brewers yeast over our dogs dry food. He loved the taste and never got fleas. He was a collie. My question is, what can I use to treat our beds for the fleas? My daughter is highly allergic to flea bite, and with 5 cats lying on our beds I'm sure they have to be in the mattress and pillows of every bed in the house. I only have carpet in one place in my house but the 3 dogs are going crazy. This is the worst infestation I have ever had. I also have birds and a husband with empysema, so I prefer not to use chemicals or bug bombs. HELP!"

Rubbing Alcohol

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
67%
WARNING! (1)
33%

[YEA]  11/13/2008: Tangie from Jefferson City, MO: "I have a Chow German Shepard mix & a Lab both are outside dogs. In the summer months we had a problem with the biting flies, which causes bad sores on my dogs. I used (ACV/Water)1 cup of apple cidar vinear to 2 cups water sprayed my dogs every other day and it helped a lot. Don't spray on open wounds.

I also have 2 small dogs and a cat inside the home that have fleas I use 70-90% full strength rubbing alcohol put it in a spray bottle and spray the animals and their bedding (do not spray eyes, inside ears or genital areas) Spray the carpets and all cracks and crevices of floors (carpets and tile) not good on wood. Not good around birds, I saturate one room, close the door and then go to next room. Put birds in a room that isn't being treated. Do not stay in the sprayed rooms leave until carpet/floor dries. Once I had a flea my arm and ankle i spritz the area with the alcohol and the flea died instantly."

Replies
[WARNING!]  03/24/2009: Michelle from Milford, OH replies: "A word of Warning: Rubbing Alcohol can discolor certain wood stains and some paint. We used it and it left streaks on our woodstained doors and walls."

[YEA]  09/26/2008: Holly from Bellevue, Ohio: "We had an absolutely horrific flea infestation on the entire second story of our house (which is uncarpeted, thankfully) and were disappointed by the 20+ flea bombs that failed to kill them, so having heard this from my mom, we filled spray bottles with straight Rubbing Alcohol (just the regular, cheap stuff from any store) and went crazy. We soaked the floor and about two feet up the walls. It worked great, and I mean, GREAT!!! You could watch them die within seconds. Just be sure to open as many windows as possible to provide lots of ventilation while you work; we didn't think it would be safe to use it on our cats or let them (or anyone) in the area for a few weeks until it aired out really well. Oh, and we also laid out ALOT of duct tape (sticky side up) to catch any survivors, of which there were very, very few."


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