Homemade Repellents for Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and TicksSince it is the season for Fleas and Ticks.  I thought we would talk again about homemade Fleas and Ticks solutions.

Oh my goodness, this time of year we all will battle this problem. And we certainly want to do the very best for our furry friends.

Too many people want to take the easy way and buy products from our veternarians. Please try to avoid doing this,at all costs. The spot on products especially. Lets use some common sense, if it advises you to put on gloves to apply this stuff, do you honestly want it on your pets skin?

Lets look into some alternatives to treat for fleas and ticks,  that actually do work and your veternarian or the drug companies dont have their hands in.

Lemon Recipe, Effective Repellent for Fleas and Ticks

***The Very best results I have gotten is with using the Lemon solution for fleas and ticks. sometimes I use a combo of Homemade things for fleas and ticks. If they are all natural it is safe.

  • Flea and Tick Recipe: Cut 1/4 Lemon (I wrap the lemon in cheese cloth to avoid messy straining) **Boil 2cups of water.** Put the Lemon in boiling water, turn off stove. **CoverLet Steep overnite. ** In the morning, Squeeze lemon.  **Pour with funnel into a Spray bottle. Waalaa Instant Flea and Tick repellent.  **Spray your Pet.  Avoiding Eyes, and sensitive areas. Spray behind ears, down back, under arms, chest, base of tail where fleas like to hide. You may use this treatment as often as you like, I would recommend daily.

****Homemade Repellents for Fleas and Ticks

1st) Bathe your dog, add  apple cider vinegar(organic) to the rinse water. This will make your dog’s fur taste bad, thus reducing any attraction it may have for fleas and ticks.

2nd)Dab two drops of essential oil to the area between your dog’s shoulder blades. Such as Lavender, or lemongrass essential oils repel ticks Lavender essential oil is also effective in reducing, fleas and ticks as well as flies and mosquitoes.

3rd) Boost your dog’s immune system by feeding a high quality pet food, such as Life’s Abundance which is high  in probiotics.

More Ideas for fleas and Ticks repellents use the Search box,Keyword Fleas

Fleas and Ticks in your Home  

***Build a flea trap. However, building flea traps won’t rid your house of fleas, it’s a good way to verify that you’ve got fleas in your home and determine how severe an infestation there is.

Directions to build a flea trap> Hang a light source over a sticky, disposable surface (flypaper works well for this) or a bowl of soapy water. The heat from the light source attracts any nearby fleas, many of which will then get caught on the sticky surface or in the water. You will notice the fleas are small, dark, flat-bodied insects.******

Another Home Treatments for Fleas and Ticks.

One of the best ways I have found is to get some normal table salt. Sprinkle on carpets, sofas, cushions, let stand for 24hrs then vacume.I find is easier to do one or two rooms at a time. also, washing pet bedding in warm to hot water, and treating pet with the lemon spray during this time as well.

Diatomceous Earth as a Flea and Tick repellent

***There are Many Uses for Diatomceous Earth.  You may Treat your pets, your yard and your house with Diatomaceous Earth. However please read info here regarding proper use and warnings > all Diatomaceous Earth Products are not the same!

FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BENEFITS SUMMARY:

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?: Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a powder comprised of microskeletons of deceased diatoms, which are a type of algae (both fresh water and sea water varieties occur). You sprinkle the powder on your pets and your carpets, and the fleas die from dehydration. You can use it on dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats.

How it works:
When applied to the animal’s fur, DE scrubs on the hard exoskeletons of fleas. The tiny granules of silicon (think finely ground sand) work in the tiny holes of the flea’s respiratory system and in the joints of the fleas. Every time the flea moves or breathes, the silicon grinds away at the exoskeleton, eventually killing the flea through blocking/maiming the respiratory holes or by water loss, as the exoskeleton helps keep in the flea’s body water. It works the same way when applied to carpets instead of fur.
How to use it:
1) Wear a mask and put one on your pet. Even though it’s nontoxic, you don’t want to get it in your lungs.

2) Sprinkle the DE along your dry pet’s spine. Massage it along the body, working your way carefully to the extremities, avoiding the eyes.

3) Spread some diatomaceous earth on the carpets, brush it in and leave for about four days. Then vacuum it up to remove most of the fleas in the carpet.

4) Repeat the application frequently during an infestation. You should notice a decrease in fleas within a couple days.

NOTE: Make sure not to use the kind of DE used in swimming pools. Use natural diatomaceous earth. that is Human grade only, some health food stores, and from natural-pet catalogs.

Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html#ixzz1ODqccFBF

Natural wormer -** eliminates many parasites without chemicals·** Safe, non-toxic, parasites don’t build immunity as they do with traditional wormers· **15 trace minerals **great for animals, humans, plants, and soil· **No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals· Decreased mastitis· **Reduced scours· Decreased mortality· Better Feed conversion·, *Helps detox heavy metals, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc.·* Promotes shinier coats· *Digestive aid· *Colon cleanser· *Better production· *Better overall health·* Eliminates pests in stored grains· *Reduces flies, fleas, ticks, etc.· *Reduces manure odor·* Drying agent· *Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennel, litterboxes, compost piles, and other moist areas· * Anti-fungal properties – good for garden fungal growth·* Reduces overall animal stress· *Cost effective·* DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills and disease. (courtesy of Wolf Creek Ranch)

Please Note: The effects of these spot on treatments to our pets has been a recent issue. God willing it will be taken off the market. But dealing with the big drug companies, honestly that is not likley going to happen. It is up to us to protect our pets. Recently I heard that one of the major companies that makes spot on flea control, is now offering a free rabies vaccine with purchase, (they make those too, what???), First off  a dog should only have a 1yr vaccine if under one year old, and a 3yr vaccine, 1year after the first vaccine is given. This is all that is legally required. See Article Vaccines Less is More. Whatever you do dont fall into this trap.

In Closing, We all want to do everything humanly possible to care for our pets. Especially with Controlling Fleas and Ticks, I hope this Article with Homemade Fleas and Ticks solutions has helped you in some way.

Fleas and Ticks is a on going fight, I am here to help.