Get Rid of Fleas | A flea infestation is never good, especially if you’re a dog owner. It could very well turn into a bane for you and your dog. They not only irritate your dog and get them all scratchy and annoyed, but they can also become an even bigger problem if they get inside the house. They lay eggs wherever they can gain access, the carpets, furniture, and practically anywhere. It’s always recommended to take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice excessive scratching, but if you wish to avoid chemical treatments, you can always go for a natural approach to get rid of fleas.
With these home remedies, you can easily get rid of fleas from your dog’s hair and skin with ingredients lying around in your house.
Essential oils like citronella, peppermint, and eucalyptus are all-natural repellents for fleas. Depending on how comfortable your dog is with spray bottles, add a few drops of essential oil to about 300 to 400ml of water and shake well. Spray this essential oil mixture to your dog’s coat and brush the hair with a metal comb to get rid of the ticks. Make sure the essential oil you’re using isn’t homemade, and the packaging mentions that it’s safe for animals.
This is the perfect way to keep your pet dog smelling fresh, and it brings out noticeable results in treating fleas. All you have to do is take half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and dilute it with about two cups of water. If you want, you can add a bit of your dog shampoo to the lemon-water solution and leave it on your dog for a few minutes. Lather and wash off the solution from your dog, and it will kill all the fleas that have stuck to its coat.
This is for all the dogs that love splashing and playing in the water. All you have to do is take a bunch of fresh rosemary leaves and put them in boiling water. Cook for about two to four minutes and strain the mixture, separating the rosemary leaves from the solution. Dilute the hot solution with warm water and wait till the water reaches a comfortable temperature for your dog. Pour the rosemary solution in a kiddy pool or your tub and soak the entire coat of your dog. Once the mixture has soaked up everything, take your dog out and let the mixture dry naturally.
If you wish to keep the fleas away from reappearing in the future, making a homemade collar to repel fleas is the perfect solution. Instead of constantly spraying your dog with diluted essential oils and bathing them with anti-fleas shampoo, you can place a bandanna or collar around your dog’s neck with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Make water and lavender oil solution, soak the collar or bandanna in it, and once dried, tie it around the neck of your dog. This is a sure-shot way of preventing fleas from attacking your dog.
You may be taken by surprise by seeing vodka on this list of home remedies for treating fleas. But we promise this works. Either purchase or create your dog collar at home, then take about a teaspoon of non-flavored vodka and soak the collar in the alcohol. If you want a scented collar, you can add a few drops of any of the essential oils mentioned above. Once the collar has dried out, place it around your dog’s neck.
If you want to get rid of fleas permanently and don’t want to resort to temporary home remedies, including a splash of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will do the trick. However, you need to test this out with your dog first. They may not enjoy the flavor and smell of the ACV and may stop drinking water altogether. In about four cups of water, you can add one teaspoon of ACV and let them drink the solution all day long. Not only will this prevent fleas from ever returning, but it will improve the overall health of your dog’s skin and fur.
If the fleas have managed to get inside your house and you’re afraid of them laying eggs in your carpet and furniture, an effective hack is to dust baking soda directly onto your carpet or furniture. The baking soda will seep into the carpet fibers and dry off the fleas and eggs, killing them due to dehydration. Leave the baking soda overnight in the infested areas and vacuum the entire space in the morning.
When the home remedies don’t work, you know it’s time to seek the help of a professional. If fleas have infested your dog or your house, contacting a pest control specialist is the best thing to do. Taking your dog to the vet or hiring a professional flea control service to treat the infestation will guarantee that your dog and home are flea-free. The sooner you contact a professional, the sooner you can have the situation under control.
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