Flea Tick Control the Natural Way

Not long ago a good online friend of mine, knowing I have a pet blog, asked me controlling fleas and ticks the natural way. Since then I have kept a sharp eye out for some reliable information and this morning I found it. In my area ticks are not a problem. We do have the usual flea issues when the weather heats up which it will be doing all too soon. Dogs scratching all the time is most uncomfortable for the dog.

Now I’m sure there are other remedies out there that are tried and true. If you readers know of any, please do put your natural remedy for flea and tick control in a comment at the end of this post so we can share with other readers. And just a reminder, this is a Do Follow blog so any comments will get you a backlink.

Here is the post from PetMD off the DivineCaroline blog for your review. I hope you enjoy it and that it works for you. Frankly, I’m always quite reluctant to use what the vet sells for flea and tick control. It’s like giving up something to get something. Chemical medications bring side effects. Enough said.

Natural Pet Remedies for Flea and Tick Control

While we may not be able to roll back the global warming trend, there are easier, softer ways to treat parasites, and ways in which we can avoid some of the pests.

A lot of people are reluctant to use chemical flea treatments because of the possibility of a toxic reaction with the skin. “If it isn’tNatural Remedies for Fleas and Ticks safe for my children, how can it be safe for my pet,” they ask. Unless it is a full blown flea infestation, you may have good results by using gentler and safer methods for flea eradication and control.

For dogs, a daily dose of brewer’s yeast mixed with a small amount of garlic in their kibble will help to repel fleas. You can also add brewer’s yeast to your cat’s food, but omit the garlic (onions and garlic are toxic for cats). Fleas are also known to be repelled by citrus. A freshly squeezed orange or lemon can be rubbed onto your pet’s fur, with no harm to your pet if it is licked off, and fresh smelling fur to boot.

Remember the old cartoons where dogs would jump into water to relieve themselves of fleas? Water really does work. Since fleas do not grasp onto the hair shafts, they fall off in the water and drown. A good dip in a tub of water will wash away most, if not all of the fleas on your pet. Using a gentle shampoo, or a little bit of dish liquid, perhaps one with a citrus base (fleas are repelled by lemon and orange), along with thorough and regular brushing, will go a long way toward ridding your pet’s body of fleas.

Around the house, vacuuming, laundering, and disinfecting the floors and your pet’s living spaces will help to control the population of fleas (just make sure you do not use products with volatile organic compounds). In the yard, you might consider adding a natural predator of fleas. Nematodes are small worms that feed off of flea larva, and are easy to find at garden stores or pet shops. Keep in mind that the type of nematode that is being recommended here is termed a “beneficial” nematode. It is not the type that is known for infecting animals as heartworm.

Ticks hang out in tall grass and use the opportunity to grab on to passersby when they feel body warmth. If you are going to be spending time in wooded or grassy areas with your dog, you might want to fashion some cover-up clothing for your dog to avoid ticks.

An old t-shirt can be altered to fit your dog’s body, and old socks can be cut to make “leg warmers.” This may not entirely prevent ticks from making their way onto your dog, but it keep most of them off since they have nothing to latch onto, and will slow the rest down so they do not spend as much time on your dog’s skin.

Because ticks carry dangerous bacteria, repelling them is a priority. One of the natural repellents that a lot of people have success with is rose geranium oil, which can be applied to your dog’s collar. Don’t use this on your cat, though, they are notorious for bad reactions with essential oils. With ticks, the best thing you might do it to check your pet a few times a day when you are in an area that has ticks, and remove them promptly. Proper technique is important for removing ticks and fleas, so make sure that you are acquainted before you do it yourself.

Now that you have a few alternate means of combating fleas and ticks, you can feel confident that your pets will remain bug-free throughout the year.

I know I’ll be using these suggestions. Flea and Tick Control the Natural Way is something I’ve been searching for and a reminder, if you have a natural method of flea and tick control please let us know in the comment area. Thanks so much.

While I do not personally endorse this website I did find it for us. It is Only Natural Pet.com and they seem to have lots of natural remedies you can buy.

Originally seen on PetMD

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3 Responses to “Flea Tick Control the Natural Way”

  1. Vectra is a new and good product for flea and tick control. I am using it.

  2. Thanks for the tips. I do wash my tolerant Si-Rex cat with my shower gel that contains citrus ingredients and that seems to work well. I do hate using the chemical fea stuff on him because he loses the fur on his next during the summer months, so it ends up directly onto his skin. Can’t be pleasant for him.
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  3. Carol Hansen says:

    We have always used yeast in the spring and summer. Works pretty good. Do get an occasional tick, as Jazzy and Chauncy found out. It really does help though. Tried FrontLine and I don’t think it works any better. Who knows what it is doing to there health in the long run. I’m just using zeolite to detox them all spring and summer and fall. That way I’m pretty sure they won’t suffer from Lyme. Great post.


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