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8 Natural Ways to Rid Your Pet of Fleas

 There are over 2,000 species of flea in the world and they are a major issue for most pets and their owners. A flea infestation can get out of hand very quickly because each female can produce up to 50 eggs a day.

However, thankfully, nature has provided us with many ways to eradicate fleas and we are going to share them with you below. Here are 8 natural remedies that will help you get rid of a tortuous flea infestation.

1. Rosemary Flea Dip
Natural Flea Remedies

Rosemary contains very powerful ingredients that can help to create an environment that’s unpleasant to fleas. Furthermore, it can also help to heal flea bites.

How to make it:

• Take two cups of rosemary leaves and put them in a pan with 1 liter of water.
• Boil the mixture for 30 minutes.
• Strain the liquid and throw away the leaves.
• Mix this liquid with 4.5 liters of warm water. 
• Pour this over your pet and let it air dry.

2. Use Flea Combs

A flea comb is one of the most effective ways to get rid of fleas. Unlike other combs, the teeth of a flea comb are finely spaced, meaning that it traps and removes fleas, flea eggs, and flea dirt from your pet’s fur. After your pet’s fur is dry, comb through it multiple times and cover the whole skin area to make sure you’ve gotten rid of all the fleas.

How to make it:

• Prepare a bucket with hot water and dish soap mixed together. This is to rinse the flea comb as you go through your pet’s fur. 
• Place some newspapers under your pet and the bucket to catch any escaping fleas. 
• Start from the head, neck, and shoulders and word toward the back of your pet. 
• Stroke the comb in the direction of the fur’s growth in order to remove fleas, eggs, dirt, and dead hair. 
• Rinse the comb in the soapy water when you see it getting full. 
• Continue down the sides and belly of your pet. 
• Finish by combing your pet’s legs and tails. 
• Repeat the procedure 2-3 times.
• If you’re doing this indoors, make sure to vacuum the area. 

3. Keep Some Pennyroyal in the House
Natural Flea Remedies
Pennyroyal is known as the mosquito plant of Europe as it is a natural and very powerful insect repellent that smells like peppermint. Pennyroyal oil can be applied to the skin to kill germs, keep insects away, and treat skin diseases. Furthermore, in addition to being used topically for gout, mouth sores, venomous bites, it’s also a great flea-killing remedy. However, while pennyroyal oil can repel and get rid of fleas, excess amounts can be toxic to your pets.
How to make it:
• Take a cup of pennyroyal leaves and crush them together until you have a paste-like texture. 
• Add 1 liter of water to a pan and bring to the boil. 
• Add the crushed leaves and cook for 3-4 minutes. 
• Let it cool down and pour it all over your dog. 
• After an hour, wash your dog. 
• Don’t use this mixture on cats since they can absorb the pennyroyal and be poisoned. 

4. Make Your Own Flea Collar

Take your pet’s collar and add a drop of tea tree oil to the inside of it. According to Mayo Clinic, tea tree oil can be used to treat different kinds of pet infestations and infections such as fleas and dermatitis.

Use with caution:

• Don’t put tea tree oil on cats. Cats have the ability to metabolize essential oils. Therefore, whether they inhale, ingest, or absorb it through the skin, it can be poisonous to them. 
• Use only one drop of tea tree oil on your pet’s collar.
• Repeat weekly. 

5. Citrus Spray
Natural Flea Remedies
Citrus is one of the most effective ways to get rid of fleas. A lot of natural flea killing sprays contain a citrus extract called D-limonene which is responsible for getting rid of fleas. Making your own homemade flea spray with lemon is very easy and with it, you can keep those pesky critters away from your house, family, and pets.
How to make it:
• Get three lemons and slice them into thin disks. 
• Get 1 liter of water, add it to a pan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. 
• Add the sliced lemons to the pan and cover it. 
• Let the lemons simmer in the water for 30 minutes before turning off the heat.
• Leave them to soak in the same pan overnight.
• Remove the lemons from the water. 
• Set a strainer over a bowl and pour the lemon water through it. 
• Spray it onto areas where you suspect fleas might be present. 
• Rub it over your pet’s fur and leave it.
• Repeat twice a month to keep fleas away. 

6. Vinegar Spray

Vinegar has been used for centuries to clean and deodorize. It can also be used to get rid of fleas. The best way to do this is to create a solution with water and spray it gently on the animal’s fur, bedding, house, and carpets.

How to make it:

• Add a ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar to a spray bottle.
• Fill the same bottle up with a ¾ cup of water.
• Shake well and spray gently on your pet’s fur. 
• Leave on your pet for 1-3 hours.
• Rinse off.
• Repeat 2-3 times a week. 

7. Sprinkle Some Salt
Natural Flea Remedies

Salt is a dehydration agent that dries out fleas by altering the pH balance of the fluid that carries nutrition and oxygen in their bodies. Furthermore, it also kills eggs, making this a perfect natural repellent.

How to use it:

• Identify the area of infestation. 
• Apply a generous amount of table salt to the infested areas.
• Leave it there for 2-3 hours before vacuuming it up. 
• Treat your pet to a nice salty bath. 
• Repeat daily until the infestation has gone. 

8. Make a Trap Using a Bowl of Soapy Water

By using water, soap, and light, you can create an incredibly effective flea trap. Soap contains surfactants that lower the surface tension of water which will result in sinking and drowning – even when just a couple of drops of soap are added to the water. Fleas are attracted to light, so using an aluminum pie pan to set up the trap will work wonders.

How to do it: 

• Fill an aluminum pie pan with water.
• Add 3-4 drops of dish soap. 
• Place it on the floor. 
• Leave it there for 24 hours.
• Do this in multiple rooms. 
• Repeat every day until you see no more fleas. 


Source: brightside
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