4 Natural Flea Solutions
Summer is here and we're taking the whole family outside to enjoy the weather. But when one of the members of your family is furry, you may be exposing him to one of the things we don't like about summer: fleas. Once they're on your dog, they'll ride him all the way into your house. Flea control is a tricky task, because bug repellent can sometimes be harmful to humans. There are some organic ways to keep fleas at bay that's safe for your family. Here are 4 natural flea solutions to keep them off your dog and out of your home.
If your dog spends any amount of time in your yard, they'll likely encounter all sorts of tiny pests, but they may not be fleas. Beneficial nematodes are microscopic roundworms you can buy to add to your yard to control garden pests, including fleas. They kill gnats, flies, beetles, and, most importantly, flea larvae. You'll still need your outdoor rugs to wipe the soil off your shoes, but you won't have to worry about your dog carrying fleas into the house.
We know fleas don't like the taste of poison, but they also don't like the flavors of yeast, apple cider vinegar, and vitamin B1. This doesn't mean you have to bathe your pup in a yeast and vinegar mixture. Your dog can actually eat these repellents to keep fleas away. They flow through the bloodstream, making your dog's blood unappetizing to fleas. Talk to your vet about how much your dog can safely consume.
DIY Flea Collar
Fleas don't like essential oils like lavender, cedar wood, tea tree oil, and lemongrass. They're natural repellents, but you need to be creative with the application of them. You can either apply a few drops to your dog's collar, or make your own. You can even add a few drops to his summer bandana as a temporary collar so you can wash it when it gets dirty and refresh the essential oils.
Inside and outside, fleas stay away from apple cider vinegar. When you go to give your dog a bath this summer, add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a cup of your usual dog shampoo to give him a fresh, flea-free coat.
Flea Control Maintenance
Dogs need brushing in the summer to get rid of all the extra fur that keeps them warm in the winter. Between shampoos, you can make a spray to use when you comb his hair. Mix a few drops of lavender, cedar wood, tea tree, or lemongrass essential oils with a cup of vinegar mixed with four cups of water. Mix it well and spray enough on your dog to get his coat moist, but not damp, and comb through it.