Most people think of fleas as a pest that bothers dogs and cats. And while it’s true, a flea’s bite will cause painful, itchy irritation in dogs and cats, people are not immune to flea bites. Fleas (like bedbugs) can reproduce pretty quickly, making your house quite uncomfortable.
Getting rid of fleas as quickly as possible will ensure they don’t spread from your pet (or yard) to people. If you’re itching to give fleas the boot (or keep them away) without relying on chemical solutions, check these four natural remedies:
1. Make your own non-toxic flea killer
HealthyChild recommends making your own flea killer with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of essential orange oil. Combine the oil and baking soda into a jar. Shake well to combine and then sprinkle your pet and rub the powder mixture into their skin.
2. Amp up shampoo power
Keep the pesky biters away from your furry friend by using 1/2 cup of dog shampoo mixed with 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water. Spray your pet with this mixture once a week, Fleabites says.
3. Keep fleas away from your yard with landscaping
The easiest way to get rid of fleas is to not get them in the first place. Deter fleas (and other annoying bugs) by choosing your landscaping wisely. Dogs Naturally Magazine suggests planting lemon balm, sage, catnip, sage, mint, basil, and lemongrass throughout your garden and keeping pots of the same herbs near outside living areas.
4. Make your own flea color
Keep your pup safe while he plays in the backyard by making your own flea collar from a bandana. Mix 3 to 5 drops of lavender oil with 1 to 3 tablespoons of water. Use an eye dropper to apply a few drops of the solution to the bandana and tie it loosely around your pet’s neck, according to Everyday Roots.
Keep your pets and kids safe this summer and choose a non-toxic solution for your flea problems! If you thought these tips for naturally getting rid of fleas were helpful, make sure to share them with your friends on Facebook.