Natural Flea Control

Last Modified on Aug 18, 2014

Neem Seed Oil   5  0   

Posted by Double D (Bfe, Ok, Usa) on 02/19/2013

[YEA]  I used neem tea to relieve my dog of fleas. I made a strong batch, soaked an old t-shirt and rubbed it all over the dog. By the next day, he was no longer scratching. Thanks to whoever posted about using neem!

Posted by Sheila (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 01/30/2013

[YEA]  OMG, I cant believe it, it works!!! All I did was dab a dropperful (twice in once week) around her ears, in betweem her shoulderblades and behind her neck, and shes relaxed, calm mellow, happy and not scratching, I cant believe!!!

Every year my Dog has a horrible time with fleas (Large shepherd), to where she doesnt sleep thru the nite and she licks the hair off her hindquarters, and shes bald and scabbing. Awful.

I had been using finely powdered brewers yeast sprinkled in her dry food (like cinnamon toast, twin labs brand) for a few years and it worked like a charm, but it seemed to stop working.

I did some research online herd rave reviews, except one lady claimed Neem oil killed her dog, as the dog had licked it off its fur, and went into convulsions and died. So I was sure to place the oil where she couldnt lick it off, I was nervous, but desperate, and Ive used Neem oil on myself over the years with great results (yeast infections, etc, lol! Healing skin rashes, ear mites for the cat, and ear infections on my 5 year old)

I was very skeptical, but First I gave her a bath, and rubbed a small amount thruout her fur when she was dry. Then dabbed a dropperful or two in proper areas. She seemed better, then a couple days later, I did it again.

Shes great now, cant believe. Shes not scartching at all.

Posted by Kelli
Dunlap, Tn
I need to know where to get some of this neem oil??!! I have 2 dogs & one lives n the house & other outside??!! The outside dog comes inside at least once a day, mostly twice a day!! The inside dog goes outside several times a day?! Will this help with my situation & where can I get some! ? HELP HELP FLEAS ARE TAKING OVER MY HOME & MY LIFE
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
531 Posts
Whole Foods Market may carry it - give them a call:

(423) 702-7300

301 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405

If they don't carry it you may be able to find it at your local whole foods co-ops, or stores that carry natural products and essential oils.

A proper flea bath will help the pets, and if the fleas are in your house try a shallow pan like from a microwave meal - white is preferred so the lighter the better - and add to that some dish soap. Put the pan on the floor near a night light or even a desk lamp put on the floor will work. The light emits heat, the fleas are attracted to the heat and the white of the pan, and they will jump in the water. The dish soap dissolves the flea's body oil making them sink and drown. Any dish soap will do, but something like Dawn works really well. The flea traps work best at night, but leave them out all day and check and change often.

Posted by Gabriela (Pahoa, Hawaii) on 02/24/2008

[YEA]  My pet recipe: Neem Seed Oil (100% pure only). I use it on everything, when our pets have itching, they scratch constantly and inflict wounds on themselves. If they have tics in their ears, they might inflict a wound somewhere by constantly scratching on the outside.

Neem Seed Oil is against parasites, mites and tics and fleas. It is also anti-bacterial. I used it on little turtles, chickens and cats. These are our only animals. I am so confident with this. I have solved problems, the vet said, were psychological. In one case, it truly was. Our cat was not stopping to scratch herself and inflicted wounds on herself because we had been away for some time and she was traumatized. I solved this problem by using Neem Seed Oil on her wounds first and then I put a little dog-shirt on her (like a T-shirt for tiny doggies you can buy). She was so estranged about the funny thing on her body that she forgot about her licking and couldn't anyway. After a few days, she got it off herself and had all forgotten her obsessive licking. When I use Neem Seed Oil, I put it on my hands, and oil the animals generously on all the spots necessary. They hate it - but usually one or two treatments are enough.

Posted by Sue
Hazel Green, WI
[YEA]   "I tried the 1 oz Neem oil with 8 oz. vinegar in a spray bottle. It is working fantastic. I have 3 cats and are having a bad time with fleas this season. This spray has worked wonderful on them. They are enjoying not scratching and playing around more. Thanks so much for this web site. Keep up the great ideas.
Posted by Magnet
Canton, Ohio, 44707
Hi Sue, What is Neem Seed Oil and where do you find it? Is it an essential oil ?I thought cats had a difficult time with oils and some can cause toxicity. I don't know for sure, only what I read on the net. Magnet
Posted by Sassy
Gold Coast, Qld
[YEA]   "Hi all, Neem oil is really fantastic stuff. But just I little bit of info, its classed as an insecticide, so using this if you have frontline etc on you animal will actually cause the frontline to stop working. Also, the drop things you put on the back of your animals. These actually work in the natural oils on the skin, so they don't really work until the flea actually bites the animal. Thanks :)
Posted by Nannah
Baltimore, Md
2 Posts
??? now we just got the drops to place on the shoulder blades of our cats and I was thinking of doing this neem seed oil.... Help me to understand please... I should not use while using the drops but should after the 1 month of the drop so that it will be the most effective?

Nematodes   1  0   

Posted by Margie (Coppell, Tx) on 12/28/2011

[YEA]  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   0  0   

Posted by Deb (Roseville, Mi) on 07/11/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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 ...

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
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

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
531 Posts
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   1  0   

Posted by Bonart (Ravenna, Ohio, Us) on 11/24/2012

[YEA]  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   2  0   

Posted by Rosie (New York, New York) on 03/01/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Teri In T Town
Tacoma, Wa, Usa
17 Posts
[YEA]   "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.
Posted by Nannah
Baltimore, Md
2 Posts
thank you... :D

Peppermint Oil and Lemon Juice   1  0   

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 08/07/2014

[YEA]  I found one of the very best inexpensive tick and flea repellents. I put small amount of peppermint oil and part lemon juice and the rest with water. All this summer we had absolutely no ticks/fleas or anything. I sometimes spray right quick around the area where they go out to go to the bathroom, but as long as they are covered not important to spray outside.

Pine Sol and Shampoo   1  0   

Posted by Lorraine (Charles Town, WV) on 10/21/2008

[YEA]  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.)

Posted by Jill
Woodstock, GA, USA
[WARNING!]   "Do not use pine sol... pine oil can be deadly to CATS!
Posted by Shana
Toronto, Canada
[WARNING!]   "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   0  0   

Posted by John (Lugoff, Sc) on 07/06/2012

[WARNING!]  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   2  0   

Posted by Pati (Orangevale , California) on 08/03/2007

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Diane
Fall River, MA, USA
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.
Posted by Charles
Lexington, KY
2 Posts
I am just writing to encourage the woman to share her secret recipe with us or get it on the market.
Posted by Teri In T Town
Tacoma, Wa, Usa
17 Posts
[YEA]   "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   0  0   

Posted by Judy (Bridgeport, Ct) on 09/20/2012

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?

Posted by Pbruinblonde (New Bedford, Mass, Usa) on 08/16/2011

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

Posted by Hiaama
Miamisburg, Oh, Usa
2 Posts
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!

Posted by Unbridled1 (Palm Bay, Fl, Us) on 08/30/2010

Need Advice - Older home, small children and pest problems.

Hello to all,

Need advice for cutting down:
mosquito's (! )
red ants

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.

Posted by Gloria
Chicago, Il
Please read my post under diatamaceous earth - I get it from - 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.

Posted by Robin (Toledo, Ohio) on 09/29/2009

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

Posted by Glenessary9
Salt Lake City, Utah, Usa
3 Posts
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.

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