Keep flees off the furniture, carpeting and wherever your pets may roam with a spritz of cedar. In a spray bottle, mix 5 drops of cedar essential oil for every tbsp of water and lightly spray wherever needed. Reapply once or twice a month to keep the fleas at bay.
Get fleas off of your pets by adding 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil to your regular pet shampoo. Massage the shampoo thoroughly into the fur, reaching all the way to the skin, and then allow to set for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse, and watch the fleas fall off.
Help to ensure that fleas do not return to their happy home, which is your pet. Soak a nylon collar with a 50/50 solution of water and eucalyptus oil. Allow the collar to dry and then place it on your pet. It's time to re-dose your pet's collar when you no longer note the scent, generally every two weeks or so.
Soothe minor skin irritations driving your pets crazy by mixing 2 Tbsp. of almond oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Massage the oil mixture into skin irritations to help reduce itch, kill bacteria and even calm your best friend's nerves.
Make sure your pets are protected from ticks before they head out to the great outdoors. Combine a 50/50 solution of clove essential oil and water in a spray bottle, and cover your furry friend in a fine mist. If you will be accompanying your pet, this bug and tick repellent is a fine solution for you as well.
Reduce the itchy dander plaguing your pets with a splash of patchouli essential oil. Either mix 10 drops of oil with 2 Tbsp. of almond oil, massaging it into the skin, or add 20 to 30 drops into your pet's shampoo each time they receive a bath. Unlike tea tree oil, there is no need to allow the oil to set; however, it is important that you give your four-legged friend a deep, dander-lifting massage.
Ensure that you never hear that your home smells like dog again, by using bergamot oil, a natural deodorizer, two or three times a week on your sweet, yet not so sweet smelling pets. Once again, mix a 50/50 solution of bergamot and water, applying a light spritz when needed.
Here is some recipes for making your own pest control essential oil blends for your dog. Take note you should use therapeutic grade oils, lesser brands can harm your dogs more then help.
To repel fleas: lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, and spearmint
To repel ticks: lavender, lemongrass, sage, and thyme
To repel mosquitoes: lavender and lemongrass
Ticks & fleas: geranium oil (good skin & coat conditioner)
Use five drops of each oil in an 8oz bottle of distilled water. Make sure your bottle is either dark amber or cobalt to protect the integrity of the oils. You will need to use a tincture like calendula tincture and a vegetable glycerin so that the oils will dissolve or blend in the water otherwise they will float to the top of the spritzer bottle.
You can use a combination of these oils to repel all three of these bugs. Spritz your dogs every time you take them outside.
Cat owners take special note: Cats should not be given any essential oils, period.
The use of essential oils with cats is a potentially volatile combination. Cats do not efficiently metabolize essential oils and their use can lead to symptoms of toxicity. In addition to essential oils, cats have known metabolic sensitivities to certain herbal preparations and allopathic medications. Because the cat’s body does not efficiently excrete essential oils, they can build up to toxic levels. Symptoms of toxicity include vomiting, dizziness, clumsiness, lack of appetite, lack of energy and shock. In addition, cats have very thin, delicate skin. Essential oils are absorbed rapidly into their skin and enter the bloodstream, overwhelming their systems. Cats dislike strong odors and generally keep away from strong scents — even highly diluted essential oils.
Many people find that they can use essential oils on their
cats with no obvious adverse effects. Although one or more applications
of an essential oil product or blend may not cause immediate harm, the
effects of essential oils can be cumulative and manifest themselves at a
later date in the form of toxicity for which owners and vets often can
find no attributable cause. (source: www.aromaleigh.com)
Fleas particularly dislike the flavor of garlic and yeast (nutritional or brewer’s yeast). Mixing garlic and yeast with your pet’s food can render their blood unpalatable to fleas.
For dogs only, just use sliver slice of a clove of garlic daily in peak flea season. And one sliver slice weekly when flea season has died down. As garlic is related to the onion family large doses can cause hemolytic anemia.
Cat owners: Please be aware that raw garlic is known to be toxic to cats. According to Dr. Randy Kidd, the use of garlic, as well as onions, shallots and chives, has been shown to cause damage to feline red blood cells which can result in hemolytic anemia and eventual death. Raw garlic and onions can also cause ulcers and irritation of the mouth, esophagus and stomach.
Use about a teaspoon of brewer’s (or nutritional) yeast daily for cats and small dogs, and a tablespoon for a 50-pound dog. Some animals are yeast intolerant and will react with a skin allergy. Discontinue use if this occurs. Combine the yeast with the garlic in your animal’s food.
Other natural repellents include
vitamin B1 (thiamine) and apple cider vinegar. (See your veterinarian
for the correct amount of a vitamin B1 supplement for your pet.) The
dosage of apple cider vinegar is about one teaspoon daily in the pet’s
drinking water. Apple cider vinegar helps strengthen the immune system.
your cat or dog daily with a flea comb is an important part of flea
control. Bathing animals regularly is also advised. There is no need to
use chemical flea shampoos. A water bath with a gentle soap that won’t
irritate their skin is sufficient to eliminate existing fleas.
can trap fleas by placing a dish of soapy water under a night light
near where your pet sleeps. Fleas are attracted to warm light and will
easily drown in the soapy water. This works for adult fleas only, but
with diligence, can be very effective reducing the flea population.
Fleas already residing on your pet aren’t likely to leave, so you will
still need to flea comb and/or bathe them in a mild shampoo (even a baby
shampoo will work as fleas don’t survive well in soapy water). If the
idea of keeping a soapy water dish near your pet is not attractive,
plug-in flea traps are available. These electric traps are equally, if
not more, effective.
Sanitize Your Pet’s Environment
lay their eggs everywhere — in carpets, curtains, upholstery, animal
bedding, cracks and crevices. Destroying the fleas’ eggs by thorough
weekly vacuuming and frequent washing of animal bedding goes to the
source of the problem and will help eliminate the flea population in
your house. After vacuuming, be sure to replace the bag right away and
take the old bag out of the house. Keeping clutter on the floor to a
minimum also will deprive the fleas of hiding places
While you can’t kill off the fleas that your pet is going to encounter when it goes outside, you can keep the population down in the area around your house by using nematodes. These microscopic worms eat flea larvae and are therefore a natural way to control the flea population.
You can purchase nematodes online, or at pet and garden stores. Place them in moist, shady spots near your house; neither fleas nor nematodes survive in the hot sun. As nematodes multiply rapidly, you have only to introduce a small number to have the desired effect.