And just like that, summer is here. Along with days of warmth and fun is the arrival of the dreaded fleas and ticks. These parasites can cause immense itching and can be downright irritating and creepy. Furthermore, they are also carriers of many diseases that can put both humans and pets at risk.
So before the flea or tick infestation becomes full-blown, it’s wise to take precautionary measures to protect your beloved pets and your home. Although there are flea products, you can buy at stores that can help prevent pest invasion. However, these over-the-counter products contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to your pet as well as to you.
Your vet can give you recommendations, and you are highly encouraged to do so. But if you are looking for a smooth, safe and natural way to fend off fleas and ticks, then read ahead. In this post, we have listed three natural methods you can follow to keep fleas and ticks at bay.
Flea shampoo made from natural ingredients
Essential oil is a common ingredient that happens to be a natural pest repellant. Choices can range from rosemary, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, cedar oil, almond oil or cedar wood.
To create an all-natural flea shampoo, prepare two ounces of biodegradable soap which is readily available in any grocery store with six to ten drops of essential oil. After they are thoroughly mixed, you can use the all-natural flea shampoo as you would a commercial shampoo.
Lather the soap into your pup’s wet fur and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. The reason behind this is to allow the oil to penetrate the skin. Afterward, rinse your pet thoroughly.
Flea deterrent made from natural lemon wash
Fleas can’t withstand natural lemon. Hence this ingredient is a great way to fight the annoying critters. Citrus which also happens to be great on dog’s skin is a natural deterrent of fleas and ticks. Begin by mixing fresh lemons divided into four parts with six glasses of water and one tablespoon of salt into a pot. After boiling the mixture for two minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Let the concoction steep for the next 24 hours.
After letting the mixture steep for one whole day, apply it to your dog’s fur. Remember to apply the lemon wash after shampooing and washing your pooch. Rub in the mixture abundantly to your pooch’s fur as it can help heal bites as well as damaged skin. The lemon wash flea deterrent can be used on a daily basis.
Natural flea spray
Also, the lemon wash can be utilized as an alternative flea spray. Just mix 10 to 15 drops of any essential oil listed above into the water with one to two ounces of mild soap. It is highly recommended that you use several types of essential oil in creating the natural flea deterrents. Doing so will likely increase the potency of the product.
But bear in mind that these homemade flea deterrents are only good to keep fleas away from your pooch, but not as a treatment for an existing flea problem.