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Natural Flea Control

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Posted by Carrie Elsass (Conway, AR) on 12/27/2007
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About 9 months ago my husband accidentally gave our 2 cats and the dogs flea/tick medicine that you put on the back of the neck. One began seizing and we rushed her in for treatment. My question is: She now has scabs all over her back & neck. Any ideas on what to do? I am just sure it's related to the toxins. She has always been 100% healthy. And for the future, I just don't know what to do to control the ticks & fleas- I will try the natural remedies on this site, but the natural things we've tried in the past have been very inadequate.

Replied by Kelly
Rogers, Ar
06/11/2008
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I used the squeeze on my 7 yr old lab I thought he was going to die 30 min later. He was foaming at the mouth wouldn't eat or drink, he just lay there. I called the poison control number on package and they told me it coats their mouth if they lick it. So to give him tuna packed in water and give a bath in dish soap such as Dawn then watch and make sure he didn't have any other problems.It and other products of this kind can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration. The tuna worked for that but he had an allergic reaction and now has hot spots he did not start getting until after sentry was used. I have tried so many things I hope the acv and peppermint works just tried tonight.


Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder  

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Posted by Zookeeper (Sunnyvale, Ca ) on 07/09/2011
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I was told by my vet to use just plain old mild dish detergent to wash my pet. Honestly, I'm afraid to use any over the counter flea rememdy after my 1 yr kitty got so sick and had seizures. She is an indoor cat and I only let her out for 5 minutes while watering the garden and she got infested. I first used Sargeants squeeze on for cats and kittens and she started bouncing off the walls and was throwing up all night. And on top of that it didn't kill the fleas. So a few days later I went and got some Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Powder for cats and rubbed her down. The next day she started having seizures and had to be rushed to the vet. I can't tell you how bad I felt and how scared I was. I don't know why they sell this toxic stuff.

I gave the kitty a bath today after a day of rest and just used mild baby shampoo. I hope this does the trick because I will never use Flea Powder or Spot applications again.

Don't use Sargeants or Hartz!! Very toxic!

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
07/09/2011

HARTZ HAS BEEN ON RECALL FOR MANY YEARS BUT IT HAS NEVER BEEN TAKEN OFF THE SHELVES. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST TO BATH HER WITH DISH LIQUID AT LEAST UNTIL YOU FOUND THIS SITE. I BOUGHT SOME NATURAL HERBAL FLEA AND TICK REPELLENT IN EITHER WHOLE FOODS STORE OR NATURAL HERBS, WHICH I PREFER NATURAL HERBAL STORES BEST. I DID A TREATMENT ON A KITTEN I FOUND ROAMING THE STREETS IN THE COLD WINTER NIGHT, SHE LOOKED LIKE DEATH ALREADY, SHE WAS INFESTED WITH MANGE OR WHAT EVER BUT IT TOOK ME SOME TIME TO SEARCH THIS SITE AND I THOUGHT I GOT RID OF THE MANGE UNLESS THERE IS ANOTHER TYPE OF INFESTATION GOING ON, BUT I'M BACK TO GIVING HER MORE OF TED'S REMEDY TREATMENTS ONLY THIS TIME ITS WARMER OUT SO THERE ARE MITES AND ALL KINDS OF BUGS IN THE HOUSE.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR KITTY


Skin So Soft, ACV Solution  

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Posted by Tina (St.Louis, Missouri) on 09/06/2008
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We brought a new kitty home and realized that he had fleas. After being infested and trying everything from the store for my dog and new kitty, I came here and found the skin so soft from Avon. It worked AWESOME. And they smell good. My cats coat is soft and I havent found any fleas. Hopefully in a week I will do it again to get rid of any leftover fleas. And then I sprayed my house with the apple vinegar solution. Not very good smelling but that passed. So I am really greatful for all of you and this website, it helped my animals.


Soap Nuts  

Posted by Namooni1974 (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 02/18/2010

Natural Flea, Tick, and Lice remedy

So we have had so many different animals in our family over the years that fleas have been a problem. We have tried so many different products with as many results. All have eventually failed except one. Soap nuts!

A friend introduced us to them for allergies to laundry soap. I found recipies online to make liquid soap out of them. We all now use it as our only household soap (bodywash, shampoo, house keeping,ect..) I bathe the animals monthly with it and stopped having any problems with fleas. We also do not get bitten by mosquitos. I buy my soap nut online, and they last a very long time.They are 100% natural with no side effects and are compostable.


Stash Earl Grey Tea  

Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx) on 05/21/2011

I've heard that Stash Earl Grey tea gets rid of fleas in the home from several people now. I haven't tried it yet, but thought I'd put that out there for anyone who needs another idea to try. Open the bags and sprinkle on the carpet. Vacuum up in a few days. Sometimes the pets will even roll in it, which helps keep the fleas off them, as well! For those with very light carpets, please test small area first.... although this tip came from someone with white carpets and she had no problems.


Sulphur  

Posted by Louise (Sydney, Australia) on 08/08/2011

Does anyone know the correct dose of sulphur for dogs and cats to prevent fleas

Replied by William
California
09/19/2013

Louise, sulfur might be most effecive as a dusting agent in your yard. It repels fleas and other insect pests. A light dusting in the yard, once every three months, should be effective in keeping fleas away. Because sulfur does not disolve in water it will take quite a while for this to wash away in rain or during watering. You can add it to your pets food in the form of chicken egg, either raw or cooked. Eggs contain beneficial amounts of sulfur. Meat and dairy also contain beneficial amounts of sulfur. Three foods that dogs and cats seem to love by the way. Cheers, Liam


Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Mira (La) on 01/28/2018
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i was hesitant to try tea tree oil on my kitten after having read some warnings here.

I must stress that tea tree oil must be used in low-potency!! Even one drop might be too much, and so should be added to carrier oil.

in taking any product, one should always start small and monitor the effects, and increase as needed.

My neighbor tried it first. He was the one who actually insisted. Our kittens were both three months at the time. He has a kitten from the same litter as mine, so they are the same age, but his is male and larger. He said the fleas vanished, so I tried it on my kitten. I clumsily poured a few drops from the bottle onto her and was worried to death, grabbing a rag to clean her. Then I saw her licking the tea tree from her fur and I freaked (i love my cat! ). But no sickness whatsoever. And fleas truly did disappear.

So, don't make the mistake I did! And potentially have it not turn out so well.

First try one 1 drop of tea tree to 1/4 tsp carrier oil. I used olive oil. Monitor results. If it works, then no need to increase. If it doesn't work and health is good, increase dose slowly and never pour over your animal! Unless you are sure your dropper is safe

Good luck and best wishes!


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
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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

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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
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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
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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.


Waxed Myrtle Leaves  

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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.