Did you just see your dog scratch its back not only once or twice but too often that it’s getting restless and annoyed scratching? Well, you better part those furry hairs and see what’s bugging it. Yes, most likely, it’s a bug! Your dog may have an early stage of flea infestation. You have to do something before a swarm of fleas resides in your pet and home.
Chemical-based flea treatments contain ingredients that may have carcinogenic and neurotoxic effects. Using them on your dog may easily terminate the fleas in as short as 12 hours but they can also be very harmful to your pet and household members. Besides, dog fleas may develop a certain resistance to the strong chemical ingredients; they may not completely solve the problem in some cases and you need to look for another product with more potency thus exposing your pet and family to greater risks.
When your pet has dog fleas, start with a mild treatment and natural method. Homemade natural flea control is the first defense to flea problem. The use of essential oils and herbs on natural flea control is an effective and safe way to rid of dog fleas. The aroma that these herbs emit is so strong for the tiny fleas to take. Other natural ingredients can also be found in your kitchen or bought from pet and garden shops.
- Aromatherapy Repellent. In a bottle pour 10 ml of Pure Almond Carrier Oil as base; then add 10 drops of essential oils of lavender and 5 drops of cedar wood. Shake well and apply 1 or 2 drops of mixture into the affected areas for twice a week.
- Herbal Flea Collars use essential oils. Lavender, orange, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils rubbed on the flea collar will repel the fleas and also soothe your pet. Reapply the essential oil every week or when needed.
- All Natural Dog Flea Powder. Combine one part of each aromatic herb powder like eucalyptus, rosemary, fennel, yellow dock, wormwood, and rue in a shaker- top jar or container. Apply the flea powder to your dog’s fur by sprinkling it to the base of the hair on the neck, back, belly and the tail. Use as necessary depending on the seriousness of your flea problem. Remember to stay outdoor when applying flea powder so that the fleas will fall off outside and not on your carpet rugs.
- Dog Shampoo with Essential Oils. Get rid of dog fleas by bathing it with the regular shampoo. Then for the last rinse, use water with drops of essential oils such as Tea Tree Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil.
- Lemon Spray Repellent is easy to make. Simply cut a lemon in quarters, place it on a jug, and cover it with boiling water. Let it steep overnight. Spray on areas with fleas especially the head, behind the ears and under the armpits. Be careful not to spray on eyes and other delicate parts.
- Use natural apple cider vinegar spray with a 50-50 proportion with water and spray on the affected areas.
- Brewer’s Yeast tablet added to your dog’s food can drive away the fleas when they smell it excreted in the dog’s skin.
- Garlic added to your dog’s food can repel fleas. Dog fleas don’t like the pungent smell of garlic and they will surely leave your dog. However, use a mouth freshener to remove the garlicky smell on your dog.
- To treat household flea infestation, combine 1 1/2 pounds of diatomaceous earth, 1 1/2 pounds of natural borax and 1 cup of salt. The diatomaceous earth has very tiny particles with sharp spikes, which puncture the exoskeleton of the fleas. Sprinkle the mixture to the carpets and dark and humid areas where dog fleas may be hiding. Let the mixture to sit for several days before vacuuming. This method works with adult fleas but not with flea eggs. This means you have to repeat the method to get rid of new fleas.
- Use nematodes to kill the fleas outdoor. These nematodes consume flea larvae and can help in terminating the flea population outside your home. Nematodes can be bought from pet and garden stores.
There are also natural flea control products being sold commercially. Just check the labels and make sure all ingredients are guaranteed natural or non-synthetic.
If you really want to rid of dog fleas, bathing and grooming your pet are the most effective. A healthy dog given a healthy diet is also not an attractive victim to fleas; they prefer dogs with weak immune system. A dash of zinc powder or crushed tablet in dog food will make it healthier. A clean environment is very important to minimize the possibility of flea infesting and re-infesting your pet and home. Make sure that you de-flea all areas in and out of your house including your dog’s beddings, linens and toys. Therefore, you need to treat not only your dog but also the entire house.