I had to rent a carpet cleaner ($25), take the dog to the groomer ($45. I tried home "flea baths" - it didn't work after 3 tries) and buy a "flea bomb" for the house ($10)
By Leann D
This remedy works well in my home. I frequently use it just for prevention of fleas.
Approximate Time: over night + bathing time
Yield: 1 gallon
The apple cider vinegar is said to make the skin acidic and less attractive to the fleas and fleas are also repelled by the rosemary. This has been very successful in my home. My little dog rubs and wallows on everything trying to get the smell of the rosemary off. You can also place the mixture in a spray bottle to spray bedding, furniture, closets, and under beds!
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I'm tired of spending tons of money on those flea killers that come in droppers and you use one a month. They don't work and they are very expensive. Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of fleas without spending tons of money?
Soly from Miami, Florida
I use dawn detergent. I put some around the neck first. Then lather them up and I play with them while they are in tub for 5 minutes or longer. I have 3 dogs and two cats. I also spread peppermint and spearmint in my yard. I do not have a flea/tick problem. I live in KY.
Can I use diluted Hartz flea and tick shampoo and spray it on my dog? Where I give her a bath is too cold and I'm afraid she will catch a cold.
By Sherry from Fort Pierce, FL
No, I would not use that mixture. As Deeli said, it will leave a residue on your dog. It will be sticky and also not good for her unless it is rinsed off.
Is there any natural way to get rid of fleas on pets? Does garlic work?
By BigJohn from TN
I like to do research at earthclinic.com and look under the pets tab and put in fleas, or click on the fleas tab.
There are lots of good ideas.
Our Cheeto is scratching all the time. He even has sores where he scratches. Please does any one know of a natural way to control fleas?
Thanks and May God Bless.
Tamara from TX
1 tsp. white vinegar to 1 qt. water into drinking water. Once you start this, you have to keep it up, but it works. I don't know who posted this originally (so I can't give her the credit she so richly deserves), but it works. In our house, it doesn't bother our one remaining dog at all. Our other dogs never minded it. Our cats don't like it, but they have no choice.
No fleas in our house for the past 3-4 years. Try it. I think you'll like it, and it's cheap and good for the environment. (09/05/2007)
By S Singer
If you want to you could change the dogs diet to a more natural one. It shouldn't be that difficult since it seems like you only have one. I have 4 large dogs and have lived in Mobile, AL. You can imagine the flea infestations in the summer, but they were never affected. I feed them home cooked foods, like boiled chicken, bones removed, with rice and the broth from the boiled chicken. It's the harsh chemicals in the dog food expensive or cheap that attract fleas. If you are open minded go to some of the natural or raw diet web sites just Google raw diet for dogs or natural diet for dogs.
Unfortunately he sounds like he's allergic to flea bites, but trust me there is nothing natural to kill flea infestation in your house or grass. If you can have it done professionally or set of bombs in your house and leave for a 12 hour period and come back and air out the house. But the pro's should only charge $50 - 100.00 to do your yard and house, then take the dog to the vet for a good dip. Please don't let your dog suffer any longer. (09/06/2007)
I am looking for a natural remedy to kill fleas.
By Carol from Aragon, GA
How can I get rid of cat fleas, naturally?
By Dawn from Bellingham, WA
* With a flea comb, you have to have a bowl of warm water with a drop of dish soap in it (to break the surface tension) sitting next to you. You dip the flea comb into the water after every brush-stroke to drown the fleas. (04/26/2010)