Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Tea Tree Oil and Cats
- Advice for Flea Infestations
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Salt
- Banana Peels
- Beneficial Nematodes
- Black Walnut
- Borate Powder
- Borax, Baking Soda
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Boric Acid Powder or Head and Shoulders
- Brewer's Yeast
- Brewers Yeast, Garlic
- Cedar Chips, Dish Soap
- Cedarwood Oil
- Cheryl's Remedies
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Crab Apple Flower Essence
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dish Soap
- Dish Soap and Lamp Method
- Dish Soap, Garlic and Lemon
- Don's Flea Remedies
- Essential Oils
- Flea Bite Remedies
- Flea Combs
- Flea Medication Side Effects
- Flea Remedies for Kittens
- Fleas in the Yard
- Freezing the Bedding
- Garlic, Essential Oils, Citrus Water
- General Feedback
- Lavender Oil
- Lye Soap
- Lysol, Bleach and Joy
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Flea Sprays
- Neem Seed Oil
- Oil Soap
- Orange Rind
- Pine Sol and Shampoo
- Pure Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender Oils
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Side Effects From Frontline
- Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
- Skin So Soft, ACV Solution
- Soap Nuts
- Stash Earl Grey Tea
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vets Vs Remedies
10/23/2012: Sheila from Wichita, Ks: "Baking soda worked this year too! And it didn't bother my allergy prone dog. Not one flea! I check every time I brush. And there are a lot of dogs and cats around ..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||34 YEAS|
|Dish Soap||19 YEAS|
|Essential Oils||7 YEAS|
|Brewer's Yeast||7 YEAS|
|Diatomaceous Earth||7 YEAS|
|Dish Soap and Lamp Method||6 YEAS|
|Neem Seed Oil||5 YEAS|
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 07/09/2007: JOYCE from NEW CASTLE, IN: "APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS WONDERFUL! WE STARTED USING IT FOR OUR THREE DOGS TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING FLEAS. I WAS AMAZED TO FIND THAT IT ACTUALLY WORKS! I WAS FURTHER AMAZED TO SEE THAT IT HAD CURED AN ALMOST RAW ARE ON MY PUG. HE HAD AN AREA (ABOUT THE SIZE OF A QUARTER) THAT HE HAD RUBBED UP AGAINST & SCRATCHED UNTIL ALL THE HAIR WAS GONE! (NOT TO MENTION HIS PITIFUL CRIES!) I HAD TAKEN HIM TO THE VET & HE WAS PUT ON AN EXPENSIVE ALLERGY PILL, BUT I'M REALLY DISTRUSTFUL OF MEDICATIONS, SO I QUIT USING IT. I USE ABOUT 3 TABLESPOONS OF THE ACV IN A GALLON OF THEIR DRINKING WATER. IT IS AMAZING! I THANK GOD FOR THIS WEBSITE & FOR ACV!"Replies
06/30/2010: Gayle from Bunnell, Fl replies: "this is a question!! will the ACV work on cats!?!? all my animals share in all the water bowls"
02/11/2011: Stefanie from Keystone Heights, Florida replies: "Hi, an odd question for Gayle in Bunnell... Do you have horses as well? Stefanie"
[YEA] 06/25/2007: Christy from Waxahachie, Tx: "I have a 12 year old dog named Shelby.She has suffered with hot spots and has lost quite a bit of her hair.I also have a 4 yr old named Madyson.The fleas at my house were taking over. Since trying the Apple Cider Vinegar, our lives have become better. No more fleas on my dogs or in my house. Shelby's hair has started to grow back. It has been fabulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. I have passed it on with hopes that many pets will live happy lives :)"
[YEA] 04/24/2006: Debbie from Oklahoma: "I am a Dog groomer. I ran across this remedy about 4 months ago and tried it on my dogs..I was unhappy with products like frontline (which I was a firm believer) because it seemed like I would still see a flea or "flea dirt"... Nothing is on my girls. NOTHING!!! So now I am letting all of my customers know. I tell them it can take 4-6 weeks to see the benefit. I put it my girls drinking water... 1 tsp.ACV to 1 quart water. When I started trying the acv, I thought what the heck.. If it doesn't work for the fleas it has alot of other benefits."Replies
05/06/2009: chellyhurst from Ochlocknee, ga,USA replies: "you can take and put a handful off moth balls in your vacuum cleaner bag and this will kill the fleas and flea eggs that are vacumed up."
06/30/2012: Shay from Tustin, Ca replies: "I like the moth ball idea for my vacuum because it is a shop vac and it only has a filter but no bags are required. I will try this along with some of the other remedies for getting rid of fleas. Does baking soda actually kill fleas or discourage them???"
[YEA] Vickie from Tampa Florida: "I have found great success with Apple cider vinegar ...My Boxer has no fleas or ticks & a shiny coat."Replies
01/03/2013: Robin from Steuben, Me replies: "Almost all of the comments about apple cider vinegar combating fleas indicate that the ACV is put into drinking water. I have tried that at the doses indicated in the comments here but my pets will not drink vinegar- infused water, Neither will I for that matter! What can be done to get them to ingest the ACV?? R. L."
[YEA] Karen from Florence, SC: "When I give my dog a bath and then sponge her with ACV should I dilute it? Also if I use it in a spray bottle should I use full strength or dilute, if I dilute how much. Thanks"
[YEA] Sheerec from San Antonio, TX: "ACV for Fleas, itching and scratching works. My dog was itching and scratching everywhere very badly to the point,he had a small raw spot on his neck. I can say that it works. I put some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, sprayed him down and let him air dry. The severe scrathing stop and the raw place under his neck has healed."
[YEA] Lana from Caro, Michigan: "I just tried the ACV on my Maltese, she's been miserable every Aug-Oct for years. Now she's resting quietly, within minutes. Thank-you so much! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! We've tried allergy shots, bathing, haircuts (she's practically bald now) benedryl, baby oil, seems like more things too, nonstop itching 24-7. Now she's happy again. Thanks so much!"
[YEA] Jennifer from Doonan, QLD, Australia: "It truly works for eliminating fleas from dogs. Just a few drops in the drinking water each day BUT it does take about six weeks.I have also sprayed the dog's beds and cleaned rugs and floors every day so it is an ongoing chore to for the six weeks but I am now on top of the situation.I run a Poodle resort so I have quite a few dogs and to have solved the flea problem is an enormous relief."
[YEA] MJ Fox from Ireland: "I use ACV in my rescue dogs' food twice a week and give them diluted ACV rub downs with a wet sponge or rag about every 10 days. There are no fleas on these dogs at all, which I think is a result of the ACV. I also use it full strength for ring worm and seem to be having some good luck with mange."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt
[YEA] 12/22/2011: Max from St-pascal, Quebec, Canada: "Based on what I read here, I decided to mix up different solutions for maximum effectiveness.
I used ACV, Yeast and Sea salt (about 2 tbsp acv, 2tbsp yeast and 1tbsp sea salt) in 500 mL spray bottle, and used on my cat once a day. It was dramatically effective!! My cat stopped itching herself all the time and was flea free, but we didnt take care of the eggs so she became re infected... we will re-do the treatment with eggs in mind soon.
Interesting side effects is that her hair became completely nice and soft, and prior to that had been filled with hard hairballs all of her life! She also got a very improved mood, more energy, and became more sociable!
I believe the nutrients from the high quality Brewer Yeast (used Lewis Labs brand), and the ACV did wonders for her health! As soon as she would be all wet with the mix she would try to lick it all up, so she ended up eating quite a bit of it... (a reason why NOT to put too much salt in there..)"Replies
03/22/2012: Kellz from Manukau, Auckland replies: "Just get your carpets steam cleaned to kill all the fleas and eggs."
[YEA] 08/07/2012: Sheila from Wichita, Ks: "Started brushing my dogs and cats with baking soda about 2 years ago. I originally did this as a dry bath. It definitely helped with the smell. But I have also noticed that I have not seen any fleas in this time. Usually I have to treat every year. I brush them once a week. It's worth a try right?"Replies
10/23/2012: Sheila from Wichita, Ks replies: "Baking soda worked this year too! And it didn't bother my allergy prone dog. Not one flea! I check every time I brush. And there are a lot of dogs and cats around here!"
[YEA] 05/29/2011: Meems from Apache Junction, Az, United States: "I have a beautiful conure, but the lady on the first floor in our apartment building has 3 cats. They must have been loaded with fleas, because I brought them into my own home after they hitched a ride on my feet. The landlord knocked on my door and handed me a "bomb" to kill the fleas. I don't want to expose my little parrot to chemicals so I phoned her vet. I was told to use Arm & Hammer. Get a few boxes and sprinkle it everywhere. The fleas are drawn to the salty taste of it and the next day I could see their bodies were completely flat. They had dehydrated and died. Of course, yours truly tasted like a potato chip, but that didn't stop me from doing it again in one week. After vacuuming up all the Arm & Hammer, I never saw another flea. It worked great, was inexpensive, safe and only caused a tiny bit of inconvenience."
Baking Soda, Salt
[YEA] 08/05/2012: Yankee from Seymour, Tn: "Regular table salt mixed with baking soda. Sprinkle on your carpets and let sit for awhile then vacuum it up. This is also safe to rub on your pet. I also heard apple cider vinegar but havent tried it."
[YEA] 04/27/2011: Diana from San Marcos, Texas: "For fleas in the house, throw banana peels down around the areas where the fleas are concentrated. Leave them until they're black & dried up. They emit something that kills fleas as they dry. Is sounds gross but the peels don't get nasty, they just shrivel up & get hard."
[YEA] 09/09/2008: Nancy from Plant City, Fl: "My pomeranian can get a sigle flea bite, and itch really bad, my vet gave her predisone, and an antibiotic, also said to use childrens benadryl for her itch, please use according to their weight, just like a child, my pomerain is about 8 pounds, I give her around a l /2 tsp, it is a temporary fix for the itch, believe me, they are in pure torture,
I had a skin problem, I itched for four months, inbetween taking medicine such as benedry, and applying cortozine. You can also apply cortozoine for itch to your dog, really rub in it will temporally releive their itch, and also give them the benedryl. Take to a vet, use flea prevention, I just saw a web site that says use vinegar (diluted), and dawn dish soap. The little animals can't help this skin condition, please do all you can to help them. Remember, we have to speak for them... I know my little dog would do all she could for me.
Good luck to all you pet lovers....."