One of the downsides of having pets is the fleas that can sometimes come with them. They can be a pain to get rid of, but synthetic-chemical flea treatments can lead to poisoning, kidney failure and cancer. Amber and Jonathan have both written about their experiences with store-bought natural flea repellent products, but there are a number of regular household items that can be used around the house and on your pets to repel and kill fleas. Click below for the tips!
Salt: Salting and vacuuming your floors and furniture kills the flea's eggs by dehydrating them.
Essential Oils: Strong odors like eucalyptus, lavender, garlic and citronella work as effective repellents. Mix in a few drops in a bath or add to the salt before you sprinkle it on the carpets and floors. You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to spray your pet's bed. Or, make a natural flea collar by dabbing some essential oils on a bandanna and wrap it around your pet's neck. Do your research on which oils to use because certain ones can irritate some animals – particularly cats.
Cedar: Cedar beds work well for pets because of their ability to repel fleas. Or, vacuum up some cedar chips, dried lavender or small pieces of lemon peels to deodorize the air while you vacuum.
Soap or Baking Soda: Put either the soap or baking soda in a dish of water in a container by a light that your pet can't get to. The thirsty fleas will be attracted to the light, jump into the containers and drown.
Vinegar: Make vinegar bath or add a bit to your pet's drinking water to repel the fleas.
Has anyone tried any of these methods? Is there something not on the list that's worked for you?
Editors Note: All natural remedies do not work the same for all animals & should be used under the supervision of your veterinarian.
Cat Photo via W e n d y; flickr.com