Fleas! The microscopic pests that annoy your pet and you too. Learn how do you get rid of them with our advanced guide to Homemade Flea Remedies for pets.
There is no shortage of chemical treatments and flea eradication solutions available on the market. However, the wider our variety of options, the more confusion there seems to be. Thoughts like, “What if the chemicals aren’t safe for your babies or yourself?’ keep bombarding us. It is a valid concern, especially if you are looking for medication-free, natural, and easy methods to stop those pesky biting insects.
Fortunately, for all the chemical solutions, there is an equally wide range of homemade do-it-yourself options. Therefore, we have shortlisted three of the most natural methods that you can use and can yield the most effective results with no side effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The remedy topping our list is the simply ingenious, apple cider vinegar mixture. Spray the mixture on the skin of your pet. Make sure you get it on your skin and underbelly while avoiding your eyes or any open wounds. This application will make the surface of your pet slightly acidic, which will be sufficiently inhospitable for fleas.
You can make the solution by mixing 4 ounces of water, 6 ounces of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, preferably organic, and ¼ teaspoon of sea Salt or the pink Himalayan salt in a spray bottle. You can spray it or put two tablespoons of it in the drinking water of your pet weekly.
Always consult a vet before spiking the meal or water of your pet with anything. Your pet could be acidic or allergic without you knowing it. You can also dip a flea comb in the mixture and comb the fur of your pet to get the same results.
Boil water and steep two cups of fresh rosemary in it for 30 minutes. Strain and dispose of the remaining leaves. Set aside the liquid to cool down, and depending on the size of your pet, add a gallon of warm water to it. Make sure the brew is not too hot or too cold but comfortable enough to use. Once the mixture is ready to use, pour it on your pet until it’s completely soaked and let it air dry.
This dip is a mild version of the chemical flea dips available that might be too caustic for your pet.
Lemon Spray Repellent
You can’t go wrong with citric acid, naturally found in fresh lemon and oranges. Cut a fresh lemon into four quarters, cover it in boiling water and let it lie overnight. Transfer the liquid into a bottle and spray it on your pet. Aim for the areas such as around the tail’s base, behind the ears, and under the legs. Avoid the eyes or any other area prone to irritation. A word of caution; don’t use citrus oil – instead, use juice from fresh citrus fruits.
You can also rub the juice on your pet directly if they can’t tolerate sprays. Alternatively, you can dip a comb in the mixture and brush the fur coat of your pet.
You neither need to spend a fortune nor do you need to risk exposure to various chemicals to get your pets under control. You can tackle the flea problem easily by following the above tried and tested natural remedies.
As a general precaution against re-infection, vacuum all your upholstery and floor. Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water, and consider disposing of any sources of food and decaying food, for example, the garbage can, or bird feeders.
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