|Barked: Tue Mar 4, '08 9:09am PST |
|I think it depends on the severity of fleas in your area and the health of your dog. I personally have tried the garlic and apple cider vinegar but in Florida fleas are around every corner. We are looking into a new place and I am going to give all these a try again in a fresh new place. I'm gonna buy Diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it everywhere and add apple cider vinegar to the water. I'm sort of afraid to use garlic again because of the toxicity of it. You can also try borax on your carpets. When you vacuum, put a chopped up flea collar in your vacuum bag so the fleas die in there. You can also make different kinds of oil and citrus sprays.
Natural Ways for Getting Rid of Dog Fleas
If you're leery of using chemical products on your dog or home, there are a number of plant-, vitamin-, and herbal-based natural flea treatments available. Adding garlic or brewer's yeast to a dog's food has long been thought to help keep fleas from alighting and biting. Since both are ordinary food products and not harmful to dogs, there's really nothing to lose by giving them a try. Herbal flea collars and powders are also popular and widely available.
Eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, rue, wormwood, and yellow dock all seem to act as flea repellents. To make your own herbal flea powder, combine equal amounts of these herbs and mix them well. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder on your dog's coat and massage it in thoroughly, making sure to work it all the way down to the skin. You can also use a drop or two of the essential oils of eucalyptus and rosemary on a plain canvas or fabric-covered collar.
As with any flea collar, though, watch for signs of hair loss or skin irritation around the neck, and be careful that the dog doesn't chew on the collar. You can also buy ready-made herbal flea collars at pet supply and natural food stores.
Natural Repellents and Dips
Use a mixture of Avon Skin-So-Soft, vinegar, and eucalyptus oil as a bug repellent for humans and animals.
Natural flea and tick dip:
2 cups, packed, of fresh rosemary and/or peppermint
1 quart boiling water
4 quarts warm water
Pour the just boiled water over the fresh herbs and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid to the 4 quarts of warm water and then saturate the animal. Let it air dry.
spray her with an herbal mixture of:
Prepare an infusion using one tea bag of each herb, and when it's cold, mix it with witch hazel.
Densely grow fennel and basil around the pet area and place some of the fresh herbs in and around their homes (inside their beds, on the floor, etc.).
That's about all I could find. I need to do some research also because I will have to learn how to keep the fleas in check in this new house!
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