Protecting your pet from Lyme Disease, skin lesions and other maladies that fleas and ticks spread can be dangerous, or even fatal. Consumer Affairs reports that there are a variety of horrific side effects of commercial medicines for common dog pests: seizures, neurological problems, chemical burns, deterioration of eyesight, shutdown of immune system, vomiting, excruciating pain, drooling, and trembling. Thousands of deaths have been attributed to spot on treatments. It stands to reason that a product designed to paralyze and kill fleas and ticks would have a negative impact on the dogs treated with it.
Let’s take a look at natural preventatives and remedies that work without dangerous side effects:
8 Natural Flea Treatments
- Create your own natural flea collar made of cedar oil or lavender oil to ward off pests. Dilute two to three drops of either oil in one to three tablespoons of water. Rub five to ten drops on a bandana and tie on your dog’s neck. Reapply every week. You can also mix a drop of olive oil to a drop or two of diluted lavender oil or cedar oil and apply at the base of the tail.
- Comb a lemon potion through your dog’s fur to ensure that no fleas are hiding in there. Boil a pot of water and pour it over one sliced up lemon. Dip a comb into the mixture and work through your canine’s fur.
- A flea-detering cocktail made of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar will help ward off the enemy. Use one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to one quart of their drinking water for every forty pounds of dog.
- You can concoct a natural flea spray with one cup of vinegar or apple cider vinegar or a combination of both. Mix in two to three drops of cedar oil or lavender oil. Pour in a quart of fresh water. Mist your dog with the treatment in a spray bottle. Avoid the face. Use a cloth to apply on neck, behind ears, and chin. Also spray a bit on your pup’s bedding.
- Create a cedar-lavender-lemon sachet to ward off vermin. Cut two six inch squares of a light fabric and place them together inside out. Sew all but one side and turn inside out. Put about a handful of fragrant cedar chips, one to two teaspoons of lavender, and a lemon peel in the cloth. Tie the top with a ribbon so you can refill when the ingredients fade. Slip under your dog’s bed. Refill the mixture every month or so.
- Draw a lemon bath with half a cup of lemon juice, one and a half cups of water, and a quarter cup of mild pet shampoo. Utilize two parts water to every half cup of shampoo and lemon juice. Bathe your pooch weekly to make him/her less appetizing to fleas.
- You can also cover your dog’s legs with fabric (old shirt, etc.) before hiking. There are companies that make protective suits for dogs. Fleas and ticks are unable to attach themselves to fabrics because they use their mouths to embed themselves into skin.
- Another good way to prevent the undesirable parasites from invading your territory and reeking havoc is to place ladybugs and/or “beneficial” Nematodes (small worms that eat flea larva–yum!) on your property. Both are available at garden centers and will happily keep your yard free of the offending insects.
25 Natural Ways to Repel and Eliminate Ticks
- Citrus is very effective against ticks. Remove the skin from a lemon or an orange and boil it. Pat the liquid directly on the tick. Another way to use citrus is to add lemon or orange juice to a cup of water and boil the solution. Add five to fifteen drops of lemongrass oil. Shake, cool, and apply to tick bite. Rose geranium repels ticks. Mix twenty drops of rose geranium and three tablespoons of almond oil. Mix well and apply a few drops to your pet’s fur–especially around the collar.
- A spray of alcohol mixed with eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and lemon tree oil will get the tick out immediately. Use equal portions of eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and lemon tree oil in a 1:2 blend of pure alcohol and water. Spritz on the offending tick.
- Coconut oil is wildly popular now because it is very healthy when used internally and externally. It’s light, creamy texture is perfect for tick removal, even in delicate ears.
- Mint leaves are a fantastic tick repellent. Mix the juice of two squeezed lemons with ten teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and ten mint leaves in warm water. Leave it to sit overnight, strain and pour into a squirt bottle to spray on your dog.
- Witch Hazel is effective for removal because of its astringent properties. A mixture of ten parts of witch hazel with one part of eucalyptus oil will remove ticks fast. As a preventative treatment, make a tick repellent spray for the house. Use witch hazel in eight ounces of water. Mix in forty drops of essential oil. Spray around your home.
- Always comb your pet after a venture outside. Any ticks or fleas will be dislodged from the fur.
- Neem oil is the best oil for tick removal because it is anti-bacterial and antiseptic. Place a few drops of neem oil in your palm and smooth it gently into the tick area. Dilute the neem oil with any light carrier oil (jojoba or almond oil) if your dog is sensitive. Essential oils are not for use on cats because they will ingest too much of them during their compulsive grooming. Another option is to make a spray with organic neem oil. Half an ounce of organic neem oil can be mixed with half or a quarter ounce of mild detergent or soap. Give it a good stir and add two cups of water. Pour into a spray bottle and use immediately. This remedy is also great for use on humans.
- Apple cider vinegar is an effective ingredient for dislodging ticks. Use eight ounces of it with four ounces of warm water. Add in half a teaspoon of salt and the same amount of baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle, shake well, and spritz. Another efficient apple cider vinegar solution is a combination with lavender. Combine fifteen drops of lavender with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Mix well and apply. Apple cider vinegar can also be used with neem oil. Add four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to seventeen ounces of water. Stir the mixture well and add two tablespoons of neem oil. Apply this solution on dogs to kill ticks. You can also spray this mixture on curtains, walls, and carpets.
- Another winning remedy is witch hazel and lemon eucalyptus oil in 10:1 ratio. Stir well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray it on your pet to kill ticks.
- Or try eight ounces of distilled water plus half teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and thirty to forty drops of essential oil in it. Add enough witch hazel to fill the bottle. Shake it well and spray bed, curtains, mattress, etc. to kill ticks, fleas, or bugs.
- Lemon works wonderfully in several ways. Apply it directly on the tick. Or mix lemon with equal amounts of peppermint oil and citrus oil. You can also prepare a spray with lemon juice, peppermint oil, and citrus oil. Mix all the substances equally and spray it on affected area. Also, lemon juice can be used to create a disinfectant bath for your pet. Put juice, peels, and pulp in water & simmer for a few hours. Add to bath water. Another lemon solution that kills ticks is a slice of lemon in a bowl of boiling water. Leave it overnight and put a sponge in it in the morning to brush it onto the tick bite.
- Cedar oil spray is a repellent and also a remover. Apply it as spray once a day. Cover the face, collar, and stomach.
- Vegetable oils contain sulphur, which repels ticks. Blend two teaspoons of vegetable oil and ten drops of peppermint essential oil. Pour in one teaspoon of dish washing liquid. Stir well. For best results put it on your pet’s body weekly–but not by ears, eyes, or mouth.
- Rub Vaseline gently on pet’s fur where the tick is. The tick will suffocate to death and you can comb the area to remove.
- Baking soda extracts ticks with ease. Take half a teaspoon of baking soda and the same amount of salt. Pour four ounces of apple cider vinegar in. Put in spray bottle and add four ounces of warm water. Shake and spray (keep away from eyes). To make a baking soda paste just add two tablespoons of baking soda and pat onto tick.
- Permethrin is a toxic spray that can be spritzed onto curtains, clothes, and mattresses. Ticks die instantly upon contact. Some Permethrin doses are alright to use on pets. Permethrin-10 can be rubbed onto your dog and the treatment will last three to four weeks. You can make a Permethrin spray by mixing two ounces of Permethrin with one ounce of citronella. Throw in a few drops of rosemary oil and four ounces of apple cider vinegar. Give it a good stir and spray away.
- . Liquid dish detergent is lethal to ticks. Put it on a cotton ball and blot on your pet’s infected area.
- Orange’s citric acid makes it perfect for removing ticks. Squeeze one or two oranges and put juice on pet. Orange oil is as effective as its juice.
- Clove has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Put some clove oil on your pet and rub to kill fleas and ticks. If you prefer a spray, use a mixture of peppermint oil, clove extracts, and water.
- Tea tree oil is well suited for tick killing. Add a few drops to your pet’s shampoo or put a few drops into a spray bottle of water and spray. You can use a dropper of tea tree oil to apply the oil and retrieve the tick with a tweezer. Do not apply natural tea tree oil directly without diluting with shampoo or water.
- Mouthwash easily ousts ticks. Put some on cotton or tissue paper and apply.
- . Turpentine or Gasoline work well by suffocating the little pests. Put two tablespoons of gas in a container and apply with cotton. Keep it there for three minutes.
- Cinnamon Oil expunges ticks easily. Just put some on the area. Cinnamon is also a good repellent for ticks and fleas. Cinnamon oil can also be used as a lawn treatment to uproot ticks and fleas. Put eighty drops of cinnamon oil and one ounce of water in a container and use a hose to spread on your lawn.
- . Bay Leaves repel ticks. Just crush or ground some and rub all over your dog. This needs to be applied each time you go outside.
- Organic peppermint soap contains peppermint essential oil. This oil destroys ticks’ and fleas’ nervous system. Bathe your pup in it and the ticks will scatter away when they smell him/her.
We hope these tips will help you care for your beloved pet naturally. Your furry family member deserves the best and natural ingredients can be superior to commercial brands. They are certainly safer in many situations. Consult your veterinarian about dosages, questions, and confirmation that these remedies are appropriate for your fur child.