Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

Spring is just a few weeks away, which means warm weather is on the way for our North American folks. While we can’t wait to get out and explore the great outdoors again, the hotter temperatures also mark the start of flea and tick season for our pets. These insects don’t only cause annoyances for our four-legged family members – they can also pose serious health threats.  Ticks and fleas can carry dangerous illnesses such as Lyme disease, bacterial infections, and tapeworms. There are dozens of products on the market that aim to protect our pets from these insects, but many of them include harsh chemicals that we wouldn’t dare put on our own skin. And if we wouldn’t want it on ourselves, perhaps it’s not the best solution for our furbabies either.

Luckily, there are a host of natural flea and tick remedies that you can use to keep your pets itch- and disease-free. You might be surprised at how well these options can work, and the bonus is that they’re usually much less expensive. Here are five natural ways to get rid of pests that are plaguing your pets:

Essential Oils

Using Essential Oils to Relieve HeadachesWikimedia

 

Fleas and ticks are highly sensitive to certain scents, therefore, you can help keep these critters at bay by using essential oils that will make these insects want to stay far away from your cat or dog. Some of these anti-flea and tick scents include cedar, pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus, and lavender. Try diluting the oils and applying them to a cloth that you can tie onto your pet, like a bandana around their neck. For extra caution, try wearing the oils yourself and see how they handle it. Cats may be more sensitive than dogs, so keep a sharp eye on them. Drooling or excess salivation is an indication that the mixture is too strong.

You can even plant mint, lemongrass, or sage in your yard to help repel ticks, fleas, and other pesky pests! Just be sure that your pets don’t decide to eat of these plants as some may be toxic to their health. For

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. This powder is an excellent flea and tick killer and repellant. It basically dehydrates the insects. It isn’t instant however, so if you catch a flea or tick and drop it directly into the diatomaceous earth, it won’t keel over and die right in front of your eyes. It’s harmless to pets and children though, so feel free to sprinkle it on your pet‘s bedding and around your furbaby’s favorite areas of the house. Try not to breathe it in or get it in anyone’s eyes, though. Even though it’s not dangerous, it can cause irritation.

Vacuum Everything

Now, this isn’t exactly what you would call a natural remedy, but it’s an incredibly important step you don’t want to skip. All the pesticides and natural remedies won’t help you if you still have fleas in your home that are going through their life cycle. Fleas lay eggs and go through the larvae stage before we even see them, so vacuum and toss the bags every day. Otherwise,` you’ll be back to square one in a week or two.

Wash, Wash, Wash

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 3.00.54 AMHillary H.

 

 

Wash your pets, wash their bedding, and wash your furniture.  You can use a gentle shampoo with some citrus already in it, or you can use some plain old baby shampoo and add the juice of half a lemon to it.

When you wash your pet, do so as well as you can, and then let them sit and soak in the bath. The soaking might be more doable for some than for others, but if your furball will tolerate it, let them soak for up to half an hour. Keep an eye out for fleas in the water when you’re rinsing them off. They should be dead, but some may try and hop out anyway.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple-Cider-Vinegar

 

 

There are dozens of uses for apple cider vinegar so it’s always a good idea to keep it well-stocked.  From salad dressings, health remedies, to cleaning supplies, this product is great for just about every inch of your body and home – it’s also a great flea deterrent for your pets. You can do a half-and-half mix to spray on your pet, and add a tablespoon or two to their water. If you’re worried about pests coming into your home, try spraying undiluted vinegar around your door frames to keep them outside.

Keeping fleas and ticks off your pets is as important to them as it is to you. There’s no place better to start with eliminating a mild case than with natural options, especially since you won’t have to evacuate the premises for a night.

Lead image source: Kristian Niemi



Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Determined to be a ‘Different Kind of Dairy Farmer,’ Woman Sends Beloved Cows to Sanctuary

Determined to be a 'Different Kind of Dairy Farmer,' Woman Sends Beloved Cows to Sanctuary

How is This Acceptable?! Startling Image Illustrates There is Nothing Natural About Marine Captivity

How is This Acceptable?! Startling Image Illustrates There is Nothing Natural About Marine Captivity

Why It’s a Terrible Idea to Take Animals Out of the Wild for the Sake of Selfies

tigre

Is Your Dog Pressing His Head Against a Wall? Find Out Why It’s Not Funny at All

How Recognizing Head Pressing Could Save Your Pet's Life

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

16 comments on “5 Natural Flea and Tick Remedies to Help Your Pets Stay Itch-Free”

Click to add comment
Alain Rostain
1 Months Ago

Excuse me, was I mistaken in thinking this was a vegan publication? How could you promote Diatomaceous Earth since it kills the bugs, and "dehydrates the insects," though their death "isn’t instant however." Please expand your circle of compassion.


Reply
Elena Tatum
5 Months Ago

Janet Miclat


Reply
Elena Tatum
5 Months Ago

Janet Miclat


Reply
Christina Farsovitch
5 Months Ago

Although diatomaceous earth is the best I've used, to erradicate an infestation can be messy. It needs to be scattered pretty much everywhere and raked into rugs. Then left there for about a week. It will look like it has snowed in your house, but I prefer cleaning up after such a task to the flea infestation. I have also not had them return for 6 months! USE FOOD GRADE as this will be harmless to your animals. It is also a worm preventative that those nasty little vampire bugs carry. The essential oils are also labor intensive if you seriously want them to do the job. I have used a combination of cedar, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and mint. There is another method besides a bandana or the like... Diluted in a spray bottle (keep it strong though) and every evening, go through your house and spray everything before turning out the lights. The trick is to lure the fleas as they are escaping the undesired aromas... To where? A nightlight near the floor in every room with a small bowl of soaped water below it. They will go toward the lights and end up in the water. The soap makes them unable to jump back out. In the morning remove the bowls sith the drowned fleas. Do this every night for as long as it takes to find no fleas in those bowls. Additionally, as hot as a closed car can get in the sun, put any soft items you can fit in there (excluding LIVING things ofcourse!) and just roast them. Fleas can't survive above 120 deg. I did this with a particularly troublesome futon matress once, and it worked!


Reply
Claudette Channer
5 Months Ago

I use Diatomaceous Earth to kill fleas. It works great


Reply
Rhiana Robbins Beattie
5 Months Ago

Sandy Allen Robbins


Reply
Julie Livingston
5 Months Ago

Bryan Michael Skinner Summer will be here before we know it.


Reply
Bryan Michael Skinner
13 Mar 2016

Perfect yes gotta start preparing lol

Sanaa AJ
5 Months Ago

Achraf


Reply
Richa Blue Ākāśha
5 Months Ago

Spearmint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and camphor are pet safe, tick and flea repellents. Make powerful powder with essential oils - oats, zinc and borax. :))


Reply
Sandy Allen Robbins
13 Mar 2016

You should never use borax around animals, it is highly toxic to them as is the essential oil melaluca (tea tree oil).

Richa Blue Ākāśha
13 Mar 2016

Did not research borax ..thankful for your insight.

Richa Blue Ākāśha
13 Mar 2016

I used calendula with talc base? With^ one or two mentioned oils that are checked safe used in trace amount and diluted ie: spearmint. Have corrected the above. Thanks !

Xavier Zorba
5 Months Ago

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou........... xxxxxxx Further to yesterdays tall about ice cream... Sanitarium's So Good chocolate or vanilla dessert is vegan but I don't know if it's p.o.free.....


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×