Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of when trying to avoid toxic remedies. With perseverance home remedies can work. This is a guide about home remedies for fleas.
What is the best way to clear up a bad infestation on the dog and the house? No chemicals please!
My husband is an entomologist so I speak with first hand knowledge and experience.
The first and very important step is to take your pet to your veterinarian to make certain the only problem is fleas. There are many other medical problems that could be affecting your pet in addition to a flea infestation.
The humble cat (cat, dog, etc.) flea is one of the most abundant and widespread species on Earth. You may have noticed that your dog and cat often choose different places to sleep in your house and outside. Your cat may have five or six favorite inside spots (usually in the sun) and outside even more. Many animals choose several places to sleep to avoid fleas. They might sleep in one spot for a few days and then another for a day or two. This sleep pattern breaks the flea life cycle and does reduce the effectiveness of flea attacks as adult fleas only live for a few days. However, some can live up to one hundred days in a good food environment. As you will see, the flea has a complicated life and you and your pet are invited!
Flea eggs do not stay on your pet, they quickly drop or roll off as they do not stick to anything. The fleas you find in your house hatched from the flea eggs that fell off of your pet. Flea eggs are tiny and opaque white or almost colorless. The fleas you may see on your cat or dog are immature fleas from eggs on the floor or outside that hatched into fleas and jumped back onto your dog. You will also see (many!) small black dots on your dog but these are only flea feces.
The flea eggs in your home and outside are the real problem. Just one female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day. The eggs fall off into your house and outside so, either way, your dog or cat will then again attract the immature and adult fleas both inside and outside which are the children from flea parents that may still be living on your cat or dog.
Any dish detergent bath may wash away or possibly kill some fleas on your pet, however, not all fleas are killed. In a bath many migrate up to the head and ear area and then, once the bath is over, travel back to their favorite spots, usually on the back. If you use dish detergent, you can seriously dry the animals skin and may cause skin rashes, an allergic reaction, etc., and you are not addressing the real problem. The thousands of flea eggs that exist all the time in your house and outside hatch and then jump back onto your dog or cat (and you!). So, you and your pets are locked into the everlasting cycle in the life of fleas.
A search online for how to kill fleas brings up many ideas for bathing, applying natural and awful sprays, etc., but these only address the fleas on your pet. Rarely do they address the bigger problem as a whole. You can check this site for answers that address your pet, your home and the outside. As you will see, flea prevention is a much larger problem than just giving your dog a bath.
The only way you will become flea free is to treat the cats/dogs and your home with flea killers. It will take time for the flea treatments to work and money for the medications. I strongly suggest having the cats/dogs checked for fleas and any other medical problems and then treat them with prescription medication. Over the counter flea products are not strong enough to deal with the uncontrolled flea infestation in the house.
I had some outdoor cats that brought fleas in the house. My first response was to reach for the chemical sprays and get rid of them ASAP.
I tried 3 different sprays and they made a difference, but nothing got completely rid of them. I sprinkled salt all over the carpet and that didn't stop them either. I found a recipe that worked very well with vacuuming every day for a week. Spray this every 7 days for at least 2 -3 weeks.
Yay, we are flea free now! I hope this helps. You can also spray this on furniture, walls, etc.
Source: I found this recipe online, but can no longer locate the source.
By cabincove from Ft. Worth, TX
To get rid of fleas, use apple cider vinegar! Add a bit to your pet's drinking water and it really helps! I have 3 small dogs that are prone to fleas and we no longer have that problem.
By Kathy from Plymouth, CT
I use ammonia to get rid of fleas. I close the window and then pour it on the carpet and anywhere your dogs lay. Take your dogs and cats out of the house for at least 4 hours.
Give your cats or dogs a bath with Head and Shoulders shampoo. It will kill the fleas but they will still be stuck on your animal. After you give them a bath, take a fine tooth comb and get all those bloodsuckers off of them.
For years Avon's Original Bath Oil has been used as a great remedy for preventing fleas on your pets. Horse ranches also use this. It has a variety of uses and is cheaper than the commercial flea pills.
To kill fleas in your home, put down lots of salt in your carpet. Wait 24 hours and vacuum. If you do this every other day, your home will be free of fleas. You have to keep up this or they will come back.
I have 11 cats and 9 dogs. It is too expensive to buy Frontline or the equivalent to get rid of the fleas. I am also on disability so money is tight. How can I get rid of the fleas very cheaply?
By Rena from AL
The product I use is a cedar based super concentrated oil, from the Cedarcide Store, that you can dilute with water and it goes a really long way. I bought a quart size bottle of their product over 3 years ago called Pet-Horse Livestock Concentrate and Indoor Flea Control and it isn't even halfway gone. I just mix a capful of it and add it to a spray bottle of water. It makes up to 100 gallons and it kills on contact... not just fleas either.
I use the spray bottle and mist my dogs with it during the summer when the mosquitoes are out and it repels them along with gnats and other annoying insects that bite. You can also use it on puppies, kitties, babies and yourself as it is non toxic. Since your fleas are real bad, you can mix a couple capfuls in a gallon bucket of warm water and sponge it over your dogs and let it dry naturally. Be sure to get their face and ears too and you will be flea free in no time. Plus it conditions their skin and coat.
The diatomaceous earth works too. I used that on my cats and no more fleas. They run when they see a spray bottle so I needed another way. I poured some in a jar (actually a jar with a lid that has holes in it-like one for parmesan cheese) and applied it in my screen room...it will make a mess when they shake but since you have fleas in your home that wouldn't be a bad thing, just try not to let them breathe it.
I live in Florida and have 2 dogs and 2 cats and none of my animals have had a flea on them since I started using the cedar oil. They have lots of products that you can use in different areas in and out of your home to be rid of pesky bugs and insects forever!
I would like an answer to get rid of fleas I have three dogs
Put shallow bowls of warm water with a dash of Dawn liquid detergent on the floor under lamps. If you have fleas in your house, they will gravitate to the warmth of the light bulbs and jump in the water.
I have one dog and I am not working at the moment. I am noticing he has a lot of ticks and fleas. Tacobell is an active dog who plays a lot and runs a lot, but a problem I have is he licks everything and eats whatever he wants even when he has food down. We bathe him reguarly with flea and tick shampoo and I am losing my mind. So I am asking what is a natural remedy I can use?
Having pets also means having vet bills. It is clear that the flea, etc., shampoos are useless against more than a couple fleas. At this point "home remedies" will not work as your dog is well past the point of a few fleas. Please find the money-beg, borrow, etc., to take your dog to your vet for prescriptive treatment. Your other dogs most probably need the same treatment. They are all suffering from a high level of fleas and ticks this year!
Thank you dca
My daughter is covered in flea bites and nobody else in our family has any. She is a magnet for mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and any other insects. I don't know why it's just her. We all use the same soap and all. My dog has just a few. They seem to like my daughter more. What do I do? My baby looks like connect the dots.
Bugs are more likely to bite those who eat a fair amount of meat without garlic. I personally love meat! So, biting bugs love me. :( I now make a point to eat plenty of garlic with my meat or, to eat less meat altogether.
Too much meat makes you smell delicious to biting bugs.
Too many garlic makes you smell nasty and unappetizing to biting bugs. Get it?
It's also our blood type. The sweeter the blood the more attachments you get. I'm the only one in my house that gets the most bug attention band I've learned that it's my blood type. I have O blood, and other people I know that get bothered also have O blood type. It's inevitable, if there is a way to make them stop biting I'm all ears.