Herbal Remedies for Fleas

I would like to know if anyone has a receipe for a homemade herbal remedy for flea on cats and dogs. I do not want to use chemicals, and since I have quite a few cats. I thank you for any help you can give me. Also something for ticks would be nice.


Evelyn from GA

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June 17, 20050 found this helpful

we used to make necklaces out of balls from euculyptus trees and put the leaves from the trees
in the beds of our pets. good luck.

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By mscynphey (Guest Post)
June 17, 20050 found this helpful

before flea drops came out I always put a capfull of gum spirits of turnpentine in my mop water and used D.E. were my animals slept and kept them away from other animals that had fleas and I never had any problems. I'm not using anything now and still don't have any fleas.

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By Peggy (Guest Post)
June 17, 20050 found this helpful

You could try a spray bottle with some Olive Oil and add a couple drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil. Mist the animal a couple of times and then rub the oils in with your hands. For some reason fleas and ticks don't like Peppermint or Lavender.

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June 18, 20050 found this helpful

Add nutritional yeast to their food (sprinkle it on) and also pill them with a small pill sized piece of garlic once a day. Then you won't need any other treatments.


Pennyroyal oil is great; you put a dab of the oil on the base of the tail and under the neck,but it's ery strong smelling and will make the pets' eyes water and yours too. If they lick it, they will froth because it's "hot" like fresh cinnamon oil. It is not to be used around pregnant women as it can cause miscarraige.

By the way, pennyroyal oil works to repel termites as well so if your neighbors have a problem, sprinkle it around your house.

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By karensbirds (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

I just bathed my feral kittens then rinsed with vinegar. Do not rinse the vinegar off - just dry them - put in bathtub - vinegar does not kill fleas it just gets them off the kitten. I went in every 5 minutes and picked up the fleas (flushed them down) after 15-20 minutes remove kittens and clean tub (washing fleas down the drain).


Will have to repeat but this can be used on young kittens - keep kits from draft until completely dry.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
January 3, 20080 found this helpful

I heard eucalyptus can poison cats

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By mal (Guest Post)
May 2, 20080 found this helpful

Flea Tea! Two high school girls invented it. Google it.

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
May 3, 20080 found this helpful

Just check with your vet before you dose your cats etc. Also young kittens can be poisoned with some of these remedies. The cheap flea stuff at Walmart has made my cats sick. Bottom line be very careful. If it is harmful to pregnant women etc, what will it do to your cat? Now I keep my two cats in the house and fleas are not a problem.

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By Piper (Guest Post)
January 1, 20090 found this helpful

That flee tea is too expensive, and does not list what is in it, you should do thorough research before ever using herbs on pets as some are toxic even to humans, and could make them sick or even cause death. Furthermore, here is a simple remedy you can make at home. Thinly slice one whole lemon and add it peel and all to one pint of water and put into a pot of water on the stove, bring just to the boiling point and turn it off, then let it sit over night. Then add to a spray bottle and spray while massaging into your pets fur and skin until damp, not drenched but damp.


This is a natural flea killer and only needs to be done once a month.
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By Sophie (Guest Post)
February 18, 20090 found this helpful

I've heard raw garlic can make cats/dogs extremely sick and even result in their death, so be aware.

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November 6, 20130 found this helpful

I was also online looking for remedies for fleas for my 2 dogs and cat that I found and tried. I mix 1/2 vinegar 1/2 dish soap mix in a bowl. Spread it on their coat like soap. Rub it in like you are washing them. You will start seeing the fleas die why your pups are in the tub with the mixture still on them take a fine tooth comb and brush the dead fleas off. This should take about 10-15 mins the rinse and dry.


Then you will have to look threw the coat and get the ones that got left from the comb. There still might be a few moving. Just get bowl of hot hot water and as you go threw it, just put the ones that made it in the water and they will die. I know now that I tried this I will not be buying any pricey flea meds again. This also works for getting rid of fleas in your house. Vinegar and water mixture in a spray bottle spray, all over anything fleas will get on.

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June 4, 2011

Did I read somewhere that rosemary oil mixed with lemon juice was a good flea deterrent? If so, what are the amounts of the two to mix together? Has anyone else heard anything about this herbal treatment? Please help if you can. Ever since I put Hartz Ultraguard on them they seem worse and haven't stopped scratching or licking. They do it constantly.


The black kitten I took in because she was either in a fight or a car had hit her. One of her eyes is out and her ear torn up, but the vet said that she was going to be fine. My other cat took her in and has really accepted and loved her.
Anyway, these fleas are driving them and me, crazy. I'm also treating my carpet with borax, salt, and daily vacuuming.

By candybones from Stuttgart, AR


June 4, 20110 found this helpful

Please do yourself and your fur-babies a favor and either get it locally or online food - grade only Diatomaceous Earth, and dust them down really good with it after bathing them in the original Dawn dishwashing liquid. It's the blue one. There is nothing better, I don't care who sells or promotes it. You can also sprinkle a little on their food all the time and they'll never ever have the intestinal parasites that sicken and kill so many pets.

I am very afraid of any of those flea and tic meds that are put on the animals necks, and flea collars have their own dangers especially for cats. You would understand this if you'd ever seen a dog or cat hung by the neck. It's something you don't ever forget.

Make sure you specify food grade though. Very important. All vets should be making it available, but I guess it just doesn't cost enough to make it worth their while to do so. The other stuff they're selling makes more money for them. What a shame, and shame on them.
Good Luck with your kitties.

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June 4, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you PookaRina for your helpful advice. I am going to try that D-earth dust as soon as I can find it. I wish WalMart would have it because I live in a small town that some common items are hard to find. I will try the Dawn also, however, giving these cats a full bath is quite a chore and sometimes dangerous when they fight and claw you. I will let you know how this all works out and appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.


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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

The Diatomaceous Earth works wonders. Cats instantly love the feel of the soft, soothing D earth on their bodies. Just use a little at a time, keeping dust away from cats eyes by "cupping" one hand over the eye area. Mixing D earth into food is simple as well. I failed with the expensive de-wormer products. Cats will eat around the medication, but not so with the diatomaceous earth. A pet owner can also use a salt shaker to sprinkle D earth onto the pets bed. Nice.

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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

It's probably the worst smelling idea but it actually works almost instantly. We were infested with fleas one hot dry summer. Our poor animals, no matter what we did were just swarmed with them. Our vet actually told us to spray them down with vinegar. Also, since they were house pets, we sprayed the carpets, curtains, anything we could with vinegar The smell goes away in a couple of days but it does work.
Hope this helps.

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May 6, 2011

Does anyone know of an herb that works to keep fleas off dogs and cats? I have 9 cats and 9 dogs and live in the south.

By gbk from Folkston, GA


May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Buy a big cheap bottle of dish soap lather them up and leave on a couple of min then rinse off repeat everyday until you don't see them anymore. It's a lot of work but it's a cheap way to get rid of the fleas and it works quickly, you will see a major difference.

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Following the steps detailed here should remedy any current flea problems and prevent future infestations

Things you'll need:
Tea tree oil
Essential oils
1 pt. of distilled water
2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol
Small spray bottle
Table salt
Sprigs of rosemary and eucalyptus
Garlic cloves

Add a couple drops of tea tree oil to any animal-friendly shampoo and bathe your pet. Allow the lather to stay on the animal for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off. Start at the neck first, making a shampoo barrier so that fleas cannot travel onto the animal's head. Rinse this thoroughly with fresh water and towel dry.

Make an aromatic spray by adding 4 to 5 drops of essential oil to a pint of distilled water, along with 2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol. The essential oils to choose from include lavender, rosemary, peppermint, rose, clary sage, marjoram and eucalyptus. Shake well and mist your animal's entire coat, being sure to avoid the head area.

Wash the animal's bedding in hot, soapy water and place into the dryer on the highest head setting available. After removing the bedding from the dryer, spray it with the aromatic spray made in the above step and allow to air dry.

Sprinkle all carpets in the home with table salt and allow to sit for at least 8 hours. Vacuum promptly and empty the vacuum immediately, placing the contents outside of the home.

Place eucalyptus or rosemary sprigs around areas where you keep your pet bedding and in any area that you have spotted fleas.

Start adding minced raw garlic to your pet's diet. Use about a quarter of a small clove for every 10 lbs. that the animal weighs. For any animal over 40 lbs. you can start with half of a large clove, increasing by a quarter clove for each additional 10-lb. increment. Do not exceed using one large clove per day, no matter how large the animal is.

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful

Use apple cider vinegar for fleas and ticks. Just rub your critters down with it. It also says you can put it in their drinking water. Start with 1 teaspoon and work up to 1 tablespoon. This is per quart of water. Also pennyroyal mint is used as a flea repellent, and is very easy to grow.

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May 8, 20110 found this helpful

Maybe I should explain I have been using the once a month flea advantage but with 9 dogs and 9 cats it is getting too expensive and we are both retired and on fixed income. My husband had throat cancer last winter (is free now.) Gas is 4.00 a gal. That is why I was seeking a flea remedy. I like the ideas so far but bathing that many dogs each day is not feasible. I have a cast on my ankle right now for 3 more months and can't get it wet or walk on it.

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

Fuzzytufts, I can sympathize with your ankle situation. I had foot surgery in Feb and am just coming out of that 3-month period of being laid up. Be patient, it'll get better as long as you don't overdo it.

As far as your dogs and cats in the south, I also live in the south and have 2 dogs and a cat, all 3 small and low to the ground so easy access to the fleas and ticks. Also my yard is surrounded on 3 sides with woods, so you can imagine! I feed all 3 of my pets garlic every day in their food or treats, whichever works. My cat is the most finicky cat I've ever had (won't touch canned food or wet treats) so I buy the bottled minced garlic and put a little bit of the liquid on his food. I had to build it up a drop at a time to fool him into eating it. Took a while but now he's up to 1/2 tsp and doesn't even know it.

The dogs are a bit easier. I just mix a little of the minced garlic (from the same bottle) in with their food. Had to build them up slowly too, but they are each up to 1/2 tsp and think it's a treat mixed in with the food.

This has worked for many years on my pets, but this year the fleas and ticks seem to be much worse than normal. So I went to Wal Mart and got some flea/tick drops and a flea collar for each of them. (For as many as you have, I'd suggest getting enough for 1 or 2 or 3 pets once a month as you can afford it.) Between those and the garlic they are doing great.

Good luck with your houseful!

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

Please do an internet search about toxicity and internal diseases that can be caused over time by feeding your pets garlic (or anything in the allium family for that matter) in any form whether fresh, powdered, etc.

There are some really good ideas here other than the daily bathing of so many babies, LOL, and the garlic that has been suggested so give each of the others a try.

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

I had a problem a few years ago with fleas. Just fill a bathtub with soapy shampoo then dunk them in. Give them a good scrubbing and rinsing. Most fleas will hop off and drown in the soapy water. Then give them a thorough combing using a Lice comb because the teeth are closer and catch the fleas better than a flea comb. Then use Tea tree oil for the dogs, unfortunately tea tree oil is not recommended to be used on cats, so for that you're going to have to spray or dust them.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

Years ago we fed our cats & dogs brewers yeast tablets to help combat fleas. After a a week or so on brewers yeast, the animals' blood tastes terrible to the fleas & they look elsewhere. Not all the pets liked the tablets, so they had to be crushed into the food, but I had one cat that liked the tablets so much, she would pick it off her food & eat it first! It's worth a try. Brewers yeast is available in tablets or powder at health food stores.

You will also have to take measures to eliminate the fleas from the house (rugs, crevices, etc.). There are some plug-in traps that help with this, that are not terribly expensive. I've seen them in mail order catalogs, like Whatever Works (www.whateverworks.com). Good luck!

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January 10, 20120 found this helpful

Does garlic or variation like powder work on cats? I have a boy who sprays so is out most of the time and is allergic to fleas and Frontline, etc. Midnight looses most of his fur in warm months and breaks out in scabs. I mostly see dog solutions, but my guy is 11 pounds and clearly a feline.

By SueBob from Midlothian, VA

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