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Natural Flea and Tick Control

Natural Flea and Tick Control

What are your options for flea and tick control if you do not wish to use sprays, pills, or injections? Several healthy alternatives exist.

• Apply herbal flea powder “sparingly” to your pet’s coat.

• Use herbal flea collars.

• Apply natural skin tonic as a general skin toner, parasite repellent, and mange treatment.

• Add nutritional or brewer’s yeast and garlic to the animal’s diet.

• Treat your carpets with a special antiflea mineral salt.

• Occasionally (once or twice a year) sprinkle natural, unrefined diatomaceous earth (which kills insects) along your walls, under your furniture, and in cracks where you cannot vacuum, but not directly on your animals.

• Use sprays or powders containing pyrethrins or natural pyrethrums, which are the least toxic of all insecticides used on pets.

• Another gentle weapon against fleas is a good flea comb with tightly spaced teeth. Your pet should be combed frequently during flea season, probably every day. When you find fleas, drop them into a bucket of soap suds to kill them and stop their spread.

• Try all-natural, preservative-free foods that are good remedies for or preventors of fleas: along with brewer’s yeast, try raw garlic, zinc, and barley grass concentrates. Check with your veterinarian regarding the proper dosages depending on weight.

• Natural repellents do exist. Essential oils such as citronella, tea tree, wintergreen, and eucalyptus have been shown to work.

• Vacuum all surfaces where fleas and their eggs may live, and wash blankets and sheets in hot water.

Adapted from The Healthy Pet Manual: A Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer by Deborah Straw (Healing Arts Press, 2005).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:37AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

I do not give my cats garlic, but I do give my dog brewer's yeast with garlic tablets. The amount of garlic is minimal. He took it all last spring, summer and fall without any side effects. I also used an herbal squeeze on from a company called Only Natural Pets. We had no fleas! I checked carefully because we also have 10 rescued indoor cats so fleas in our house would have been a disaster. This worked for us.

10:57AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Feeling very cautious after reading some of the comments.

10:51AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

There is a food grade diatomaceous earth that CAN be put directly on animals.

6:24AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

I used an all-natural herbal flea collar and treatment for my cat once and never again. She had such a bad allergic reaction she almost died because one or more of the herbs in it was insanely bad for cats. So please be careful and do research on what herbs are safe for pets because especially for cats, they will lick themselves and ingest it when you put it on them.

5:56AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate this info. Have a great time always.

12:33PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

N.B. The article recommended garlic but garlic should NEVER be fed to cats!! Please make a note of this!!

1:48AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

thanks

1:18PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Nice to know this, thanks!

12:55PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the article. Would be even better if you provided links to some of the natural products to use. Beautiful DaZe to you & all our furry friends...;)

7:07AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Glad I read comments I have a cat are there any other suggestion to USe or not to use my cat never had flea problems until last year he lives inside. Last year was horrible. I live in Florida NW

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