Late Monday night I posted a photo of some steeping lemons with a caption that read "Tis that time of year again, flea time. Steeping my lemons for the dogs all natural flea spray." There were several inquiries on how to whip up this concoction, the recipe is listed below!
You will also find a few other all natural and inexpensive flea preventatives or treatments below! Let me know if you have any questions!
Citrus Flea Spray
What you will need:
4-6 whole lemons
1 1/4 cup water
Slice the lemons into halves and place them into the pan with 1 1/4 water.
Bring the water & with lemons to a boil and let sit for 5 to 6 minutes.
Turn the burner off and cover the pot, letting the lemons steep overnight.
This will allow all the juices and oils from the lemons to saturate the water.
Place one or two lemon halves into the spray bottle along with some of the water.
BAM! Flea Spray. Easy peasy!
Lightly spray directly onto your pups fur. Fleas, gnats, mosquito's, etc. do not like the smell of Citrus and will steer clear of your now lemony fresh pooch. If the smell is too strong you may choose to spray a bandanna for your dog to sport as not only a fashion statement but as a bug repellent as well! Dual purpose fashion, I love it!
DAWN Dish Soap
There's a reason why Dawn dish soap always seems to have a picture of a baby duckling or other cuddly critters on their container; it's an AWESOME alternative to get rid of fleas and it's safe for even the most delicate surfaces. It's also used to remove oil or grease.
Dawn is the most effective and the safest for your pet, no generics!
Plop your pooch in the tub and soak em' down with H20. Rub in Dawn soap just as you would any other shampoo making sure to really scrub down to the skin where fleas will hide. Rinse and repeat.
Remember, fleas will flee to the head and face so you will have to scrub your pups face with a dab or two of Dawn dish soap as well.
Diatomaceous Earth is a GREAT product to kill fleas and other pest that have an exoskeleton(hard outer shell) Diatomaceous earth products are registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other pests. Though it is a bit controversial simply because there are a few different kinds of Diatomaceous Earth and you have to be VERY careful and diligent to purchase the correct form.
Sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth around the perimeter of your house or even in your house will kill any and all fleas on contact. It can be sprinkled directly on your pets fur as well.
Diatomaceous Earth is made from the fossilized remains of microscopic aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called Silica. Fleas and other insects with an exoskeleton (hard shell) are susceptible to the glass-sharp edges of the microscopic diatoms. The silica shards cut through the waxy exoskeleton surface, effectively drying out the flea, resulting in death to these types of insects and their larvae.
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic to both humans and pets and is safe to ingest. HOWEVER, you do NOT want to breath it in. It can, over time and in large quantities, cause lung damage. There are thousands of non-pesticide products that contain diatomaceous earth. These include skin care products, toothpastes, foods, beverages, medicines, rubbers, paints, and water filters. The Food & Drug Administration lists Diatomaceous Earth as "Generally Recognized as Safe". "Food grade" Diatomaceous Earth products are purified. They may be used as anti-caking materials in feed, or as a purifier for wine and beer.
Toxin Free/ Essential Oils Flea Collar
With over 10 years of experience through ownership and rescue work, I hope to share my knowledge and insight to happier, healthier fur kids. Have a question, feel free to ask!