Natural Remedies

Natural Flea Control

Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt
Posted by Max (St-pascal, Quebec, Canada) on 12/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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..)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Responder (Asheville, Nc) on 12/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Please do not ever put coconut oil, water or food in the microwave!! It distroys all of the vitamins etc and body goes into attack with all food and liguids in microwaves. It kills plants with microwaved water for instance. I quit using microwaves 3 years ago after I learned it helps to/does kill living beings. Coconut oil easily warms up at room temp and immediately melts once on hands or tongue.

Coconut oil is also outstanding in ridding and preventing fleas and ticks on cats and dogs. I've witnessed it with both my own cat and puppy. For my cat I leave out a teaspoon on a plate and she'll lick as much as she needs. If she finished that up I'll put more out. If she doesn't eat all or refuses it then I know she doesn't need anymore at this time and I toss it out so it doesn't go rancid and collect dust. Sometimes she'll eat a lot for a week or two.. To sometimes won't eat any for a week. Dogs I just give a teaspoon once or twice a day during warm/hot months and randomly in winter and fall.

If their fur has fleas I coat their fur with coconut oil, use a fleas comb to rid fleas and then shampoo. Fleas and ticks cannot tolerate the smell of coconut oil and by their eating it goes through their pores. They can't move in the oil so is easy to rid them. This method not only saves one money, but from harsh pesticides that are no longer effective as they once were, helps save your pets health.

Make certain cats are not cold for the oil will make them much cooler while oil is on. One may need to wash them twice. Coconut soap is good to wash off of cats. Must try to get all oil off cats because it will collect dust and go rancid.

I've personally heard vets tell me not to use coconut oil that it doesn't work. Yet they never tried. They insist on meds like human doctors to make them money. I've had two vets tell me that coconut oil does work and they also give me many holistic remedies. One yet I took a homeless cat in to get checked out I told him about coconut oil and he asked me not to tell anyone so he doesn't lose money. That angers me quite a bit. He'd rather poison animals and something not effective rather than something healthy and works.

Dish Soap
Posted by Pest Control (Atlanta, Usa) on 12/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

You can try using Dawn Pure Essentials dish soap on your pets and around the house for pest control

For Pets:

-Get a flea comb:

-Fill a large bowl with hot water and some dawn dish soap

-Dip the flea comb in the water solution and brush through pet

-Dip the flea comb back into the water;continue this pattern

For house infestations:

-Leave a few bowls with hot water and dawn dish doap around ares such as beds, couches, carpet for a few hours. The fleas will be attracted to the warm water and the soap will stick to them making them stuck in the water. They will die.

Hope this helps!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Hiaama (Miamisburg, Oh, Usa) on 11/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I too have had the experience of living with itchy dogs. 10 pound Chorkie suffered all night and day. She is one of what began as six dogs so flea prevention is crucial. Our family is now down to 3 dogs due to old dogs going over the rainbow :-) THE Chorkie and our two Blue Heelers/Healers.

Here is our story: flea treatment from a vet, 150.00 per month. Grocery store dog crunchies, 20.00 per month, chorkie illness, 210.00 per one time only. then it occured to me to come here as I do for my own health and well being.

After reading all the information here I realized that while fleas are no day at the dog park it was not my Twinkie's trouble nor was the alleged flea allergy that cost $210.00. She received advantix and a 6 month cortisone/steroid shot along with a pat on the head and well wishes. Advantix left a huge lesion on her shoulder for more than 2 months.

To spare my readers of a long and emotionally driven story I will now get to the point. I changed the diet stopped the chemicals and got over my fear of over bathing my dogs

My dogs get homemade dog food that changes every week. A scant splash of ACV, Oatmeal, salmon fresh parsley fresh, canned pumpkin, garlic and coconut oil, one week, brown rice farm fresh organic free range eggs parsley garlic coconut oil the next. Turkey black beans and rice you get the picture. It cost no more than 5 dollars a week for me to cook it up while I prepare our family meal. The two heelers also get a couple fish oil capsules, Twinkie will not eat it under any circumstances.

They get a bath once a week with baking soda, anti fungal dog shampoo and a nice rinse of ACV. A drop of lavender oil on each neck every night. We have seen a huge improvment in the scratching. The heelers smell so much more like dogs and the ears are getting much better. Everyone'c coats are soft and silky and we are all sleeping much better. Healing is a process just as the illness is. Stick with it and trust in our mother earth to provide all we need for health and wellness.



Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Sherry (Columbus, Ohio) on 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.

Posted by Crystal At (Ny) on 10/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Grind salt in a blender or food processor until its a powder and sprinkle everywhere even on pets. You will see the fleas jump up and then die! Wonderful, fast & cheap! Good luck. I just sprinkled my whole apt. I have 4 month old twins & a 7 yr old and we tried advantage, vacuuming & knockout. When I found out salt worked I had to try it and I watched those blood suckers die lol. They have bitten me all over my body and have started biting my 7 yr old. I was desperate and frustrated. I was about to give up my cat. I wish u the best!

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Mommyof2 (Tampa, Fl) on 10/30/2011

Wow- THANK YOU for letting me know this, I have 2 little ones and that would not be good at all..

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Dorrie (Austin, Texas) on 10/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Here's what's finally gotten my dogs' horrible allergies under control: she's allergic to flea bites and the harmful spot-on treatments had ceased to work, so I took her off and put her on chewable garlic and brewers yeast tabs. They stopped biting her after a few weeks. Combed her everyday to get them off her. I have a huge yard and cats that are indoor/outdoor and are able to wander over to the neighbors' yards so they bring them in. Diatamacious earth on the lawn lessened them but still have to do lots of flea combing. Put the dog on holistic grain free food and at night she gets raw- the chicken in the big sausage kind. Tried various shampoos and AVC rinses, so-so. Tried enzymes etc. Found a spray called Dermacton and a bar shampoo they make. Shea butter oil and essential oils that have moisturized her coat and also repels fleas. She stopped itching like immediately and smells devine. She doesn't really like being sprayed but seems to know it helps. This past week she's been scratching some more and I think it's because she's been off the raw food. So... It seems to be a combination of keeping her on the raw food with a pinch of kelp added, washing her feet to get rid of the stuff she walks through and spraying her every other day or as needed with the spray. The spray has definitely made the biggest difference though. Just wish they'd lower the price.

Posted by Jml (Mayfield, Ky) on 10/24/2011

I found 20 Mule Team Borax laundry detergent at Super Walmart in the softner aisle. $3.27 for a big box. They told me they didn't even carry it and I found it by accident.

Neem Seed Oil
Posted by Nannah (Baltimore, Md) on 10/18/2011

??? 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?

Brewers Yeast, Garlic
Posted by Dwszoo (Midway, Tenn) on 09/28/2011

Just a bit of warning about using garlic on dogs and cats.... They have found that onions are toxic to animals and galic is in the onion family so be very cautious of the amounts you give as you could be harming you dog and I would never give it to a cat.... Just fyi

Crab Apple Flower Essence
Posted by Sarah (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/19/2011

Hi... Is this also safe for dogs? I have a 4 lb. Chihuahua and am loathe to use chemicals on her. She got sick when I gave her brewers yeast. Thanks!!

Cedarwood Oil
Posted by Angie (Waverly, Oh) on 09/16/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Use cedar chips as bedding instead of straw. Cedar is a natural flea repellent.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Melissa (Vancouver, Bc) on 09/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I find that diatomaceous earth works well for flea control. I have used it on my cat and both my dogs and have not had any problems since!

It is all natural, easy to use and much less expensive than other alternatives.

Just sprinkle the DE throughout your animal's fur, especially on their backbone. The diatomaceous earth will kill the fleas by lacerating their exoskeletons and dehydrating them.

Both pure DE and brands containing calcium bentonite or montmorillonite will have the same effect.

Posted by Josh H. (Portland, Or, Usa) on 08/31/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I noticed that you are recommending adding garlic to every meal your dog eats to help prevent flea and tick infestations. At one point, I was a small business owner and one of my products was all-natural dog biscuits. Despite the fact that most DIY dog biscuit recipes call for garlic as an ingredient, I found out through further research that this is actually very harmful to the dogs. Garlic, onions and many other alliums contain a particular natural chemical that builds up in a dog's kidneys over the course of their life. This build up can eventually lead to kidney failure or death for the animal. It has also been known to cause a rare form of kidney cancer in some dogs. This is something that I thought you should know....

Thanks, Josh

Dish Soap
Posted by Sudsy88888 (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 08/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

use a pie plate filled with water and add a few drops of dish soap to discover fleas in the house. I agree with the borax natural treatment to rid the house. Both my cat and dog get a garlic oil supplement vitamin down their throat once a week and absolutely no fleas on their mugs. Hallelujah!!!!

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

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

Advice for Flea Infestations
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga, usa) on 08/07/2011

I forgot to mention that Cedarcide's Best Yet spray can be used on carpets, flooring, furniture. It does not stain. However, I do not think I would use it on silk or fine damask. I used it in a room with a 75 gallon salt aquarium, making sure the spray did not go into tank & nothing was harmed. The aroma of cedar does not linger for long.

Cedarwood Oil
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 08/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Two products from Cedarcide, out of Texas, work well. PCO to spray in the yard & Best Yet spray not only for your pets but, yourself & children.

It is cedar oil based & works wonderfully.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Gloria (Chicago, Il) on 08/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have used diatomaceous earth now for a couple of years. It is incredible and safe (as long as you don't use the pool-grade stuff), and works.

I have used it for fleas by just applying it on a wood floor and sweeping it to get it in the cracks and along the baseboard. I also applied it gently to one of my cats. I use the product at http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Only-Natural-Pet-All-in-One-Flea-Remedy/999013.aspx and follow their instructions. There are a lot of reviews of this product on this page.

Believe it or not, I also used this particular DE product to get rid of bedbugs by applying it along the baseboards in all 3 bedrooms. Bedbugs gone - permanently. I used a really small paintbrush to apply and spread it (it was time-consuming and difficult - furniture had to be moved, etc. but it was worth it), and I shaked it as little as possible to prevent any dust flying.

It also got rid of an ant problem I had - I hate killing anything, but I had no choice and over the course of several days the ants diminished until they were completely gone. I applied it in 2 places - where they were coming in my house, and the threshold to my kitchen that they were crossing over.

I am NOT associated in any way with onlynaturalpet.com, just have had great results.

Lavender Oil
Posted by Teri In T Town (Tacoma, Wa, Usa) on 08/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Orange Rind
Posted by Teri In T Town (Tacoma, Wa, Usa) on 08/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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 Edh (Marietta, Ga) on 07/20/2011

You can buy it at a grocery store (I got mine at Kroger). I'm sure Target would have it too. Look in the laundry detergent aisle - 20 Mule Train Borax.

Posted by Christopher (Brooksville, Florida) on 07/14/2011

Can any tell me where I can buy BOREX detergent? I used it for flea control, but can't seem to find it in my area stores.

Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 07/09/2011



Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
Posted by Zookeeper (Sunnyvale, Ca ) on 07/09/2011
1 out of 5 stars


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!

Posted by Isabella (Raleigh, Nc) on 07/04/2011
1 out of 5 stars


UPDATE: I'm into my second year and flea season using the amethyst. One thing that has definitely changed - it no longer works for my dog. I've had to treat him twice with Frontline this year (other natural remedies have failed for him); however, I have not treated my cats since last spring - they don't need it. I DO see a flea on a cat from time to time but they do not scratch and chew on themselves as a cat does when it's being bitten. I have five cats and they absolutely have no flea problem - despite being indoor/outdoor and living with my dog who does need flea treatment.

The rock I use is a tumbled amethyst I bought from ebay. The cats drink from a ceramic bowl. I remove the rock only to clean and refill the bowl. If you try this, give it time to work. Good luck!

Posted by Joy (Fayetteville, N.c.) on 06/26/2011

Can that be used on cats also?