Why would we want an all natural flea and tick recipe for dogs and cats?
Because we all know that most of the flea and tick control products for dogs and cats may contain ingredients which are toxic to them as well as to anyone that comes in contact with these products.
The truth is, flea control tends to be difficult after the infestation has begun. And most of the recommended ways of eliminating the population of fleas and ticks in your home and on your fur babies is by polluting them and your home with toxic chemicals. But thankfully, there are many natural ways to avoid an infestation to start with!
Here are some all natural flea and tick recipes for dogs and cats proven to be very effective in flea and tick control:
- Raw apple cider vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is not only a great mosquito repellent, but it’s also a great solution to eliminating fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, so it’s a natural product to use to keep them at bay. By spraying it onto your dogs or cats fur, they will not only be flea and tick free, but it will also be safe for them to play with you and your children.
In a spray bottle, add equal parts of vinegar and water and shake. It’s also recommended to add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture making it even more effective. Several of the best ones I’ve found are cedar wood, lavender, and rosemary oils.
If you see fleas in your home, you can use the solution on your carpet and upholstery. Just be sure to test a small area first to see how it will react to the solution.
When spraying your pet, avoid their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth areas. You can run your hand over them after they have been sprayed and rub it into their head and face to be sure to cover all the fur. You can spray your pet as often as you like because it’s all natural!
- Lemon Juice and Herbs
Similarly, fleas and ticks are repelled by the smell of lemon and herbs. Two ways to use lemon juice are to pour a cup into their bath water or rub some juice on their comb before you brush them out.
Another great natural repellant is herbs. Simply steep herbal tea of any variety (if it has peppermint or lavender in it, even better) and once cooled, pour it into a spray bottle. Spray it all over your pet to be sure the coat is fully saturated and allow it to dry without rinsing. Repeat as often as you like.
- Using real soaps for regular baths
Another effective method is to bathe your dogs and cats with diluted castile soap. This soap is made with oils and fats that disrupts the cell membranes of bugs and causes them to die of dehydration when ingested.
Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap is an excellent option because it’s organic and contains all natural ingredients. Besides, diluting isn’t necessary. You don’t need a lot for it to be effective, just about a couple of tablespoons. It will work into a nice lather and as an added bonus, leave your pet’s fur looking healthy and shiny.
Bathing them at least once a week in this solution ensures that your home and pets will remain flea and tick free.
- Vacuuming regularly
By regularly vacuuming your home, you will pick up fleas and ticks from your carpets, rugs, and furniture.
If using a bagless vacuum, sprinkle a few drops of lemon essential oil on a dryer sheet and put it inside the vacuum cylinder. Always empty the cylinder afterward in case any pests are still alive.
If your vacuum has a bag, make a dry mixture of two cups of baking soda and add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Then sprinkle the mixture all over your carpet, rugs, pet bedding, and furniture. Let stand for about 20 minutes before vacuuming. No need to dispose of the vacuum bag as the baking soda solution will take care of any pests that may be still alive.
An added bonus, your carpet, and furniture will have a nice lemon scent!
- Wash bedding weekly
While this might seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how often we forget about our pet’s bedding when wash day arrives!
If you know you plan to wash your pets bedding that day, in the morning, sprinkle a solution of ¼ cup of baking soda mixed with one or two essential oils like rosemary, cedar wood, lemon, etc., onto the bedding and let stand at least 1 hour.
Wash pet bedding separately in hot water.
These all natural flea and tick recipes for dogs and cats work wonderfully and will save you the headache of an infestation. An added bonus is they cost next to nothing and most of the products are already contained in your pantry!