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).

154 comments

Dennis Hall
Dennis H29 days ago

Thank you

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

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Veronica Danie
.2 years ago

Thanks!

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Never depend on chemicals for ourselves and other forms of life

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Pat P.
Pat P2 years 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!

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Chevalier Guy
Guy C2 years ago

Thank you for this interesting article

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