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5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control

5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control

With a scratch, scratch here and a scratch, scratch there… Warm weather is returning and with it come the fleas. Those nasty little buggers could drive a dog to drink but pumping their blood full of prescription medication (aka harsh chemicals) or using harsh soaps and sprays hardly seems like a pet lover’s answer. Below are some all-natural solutions that will have your dog itch-free in no time.

1. Rosemary Flea Dip
Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.

2. Lavender Essential Oil
Wash your dog thoroughly and towel dry. Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to the base of the tail and another at the neck.

3. Brewer’s Yeast
Add a small Brewer’s yeast tablets to your dog’s food. Much like prescription meds (but much healthier), this is excreted through Fido’s skin making him less attractive to fleas. Check with your veterinarian for the proper dosages depending on weight.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A spoonful of this stuff added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.

5. Lemon Spray Repellent
Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.

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Veronica Peterson

Veronica Peterson has a background in green design and creative writing. She loves discovering and sharing sustainable ways to enrich life. Veronica is a happy urbanite, who lives above a produce market in San Francisco with her dog Winnie.


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5:21AM PDT on Sep 17, 2015

I have been having such bad problems with my 2 cats & their fleas & I truly do hate pumping their blood w/flea meds! I've been constantly combing them, them discarding of each flea individually but it's definitely time consuming. I vacuum a lot & just expected the fleas 2 dissipate by now & though they are fewer in numbers, they won't just go away! I really hope these tips will do the trick!

3:40PM PDT on Jun 26, 2015


6:40PM PDT on May 12, 2015

Good info thanks.

1:55PM PDT on May 3, 2015

Good to know, but is it only for dogs? What if you have a cat?

3:14AM PST on Nov 19, 2014


8:00AM PST on Nov 18, 2014

and what about cats ?

11:24PM PST on Nov 15, 2014

The more we use natural and green - the better for all of us

11:51PM PDT on May 25, 2014

good article and good responses from other readers sharing their personal experiences. thanks!!

3:47PM PDT on May 17, 2014


4:15PM PDT on May 10, 2014

I use apple cider vinegar in my dog's food. I wrote a great article about natural pest repellents. I didn't know that lavendar essential oil worked! That's a new one for me. I LOVE lavender! I have an article with some other ideas. Please feel free to check it out:

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