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).

148 comments

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thanks!

Fi T.
Fi T.4 months ago

Never depend on chemicals for ourselves and other forms of life

Pat P.
Pat P.4 months ago

I am not that familiar with the effects of many products on dogs, but I would be, especially, careful with cats! Also, sometimes a toxic effect may not be noticeable, immediately, but will have a delayed result, or a cat may be "lucky" after the first use, but not so, subsequently. Dr. Kazuko Tanabe, a leading authority (of many years) on aromatherapy in Japan, states that there is a great deal of difficult-to-correct misinformation on essential oils (like the pet food industry), worldwide. It is BIG business! Although she suggests to not use them on any animal, especially, AVOID THEM WITH CATS! She has seen too many of them die. Dr. Tanabe has studied DNA and enzymes for 30 years, discovering a genetic mutation and an abnormal liver enzyme that affects their ability to detoxify many chemicals and drugs that other animals can.

Also, avoid any flea/tick products for dogs and cats that contain d-limonene (a citrus essential oil), which can cause major skin symptoms (i.e. 3rd degree burn-like patches) and/or death. There have been various petitions attempting to get it off the market (Dr. Tanabe signed one), but it still is found in pet products!

Chevalier Guy
Chevalier Guy4 months ago

Thank you for this interesting article

Sarita Elman
Sarita Elman4 months ago

I won't give garlic to my dogs, but will put small amounts of neem oil (thinned with coconut oil) or tea-tree oil on them. Also, most insects don't like lemon at all, so I'll ruffle their fur and spread lemon juice on them.

Diane Pease
Diane Pease2 years ago

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.

Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson2 years ago

Feeling very cautious after reading some of the comments.

Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

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

Kirsten Spencer
Kirsten Spencer3 years ago

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.

Alicia v.
Alicia V.3 years ago

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