Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Barking Wednesday

This week on Barking Wednesday I thought I would share some of my home natural remedies for Flea Control.
Living in Wisconsin in the county on a lake there are fleas everywhere.  To make life a little sweeter for Kingers I use some natural ingredients to keep the fleas at bay. For Kingers... the outside flea season is almost over for him - Frost will be killing them soon.  Sadly we still have the inside of our home to worry about.

A few natural tricks for Flea control:
1. Add a little brewer's yeast and garlic to your dogs daily food. Together the yeast and garlic will help stop fleas.
2. Make good use of your citrus rinds.  Run them on your dogs fur....Fleas HATE citrus!
3. If your dog has issue with fleas make sure to bathe him or her regularly....Fleas HATE water.
4. Control outdoor fleas by adding nematode worms to your garden and flower beds...available at your local garden store and online.  Nematode worms eat flea larva.
5. Vacuum your home frequently to control fleas, make sure to regularly wash your dogs bedding and toys to control fleas.
6. A friend of mine always uses a old shirt and she placing the shirt on her dog like helps control fleas from hopping on while her dog is running through the fields.
7. Add some Rose Geranium essential oil to your dogs cloth collar. Rose Geranium is a natural flea deteriorate. Rose Geranium essential oil is available online and at some local craft stores.
8. Give your dog a herbal flea bath. To make the the solution ... take three cups of rosemary leaves and add to three pints of water.  Boil the mixture for about 20 minutes. When finished boiling strain the liquid - discard leaves. Add rosemary broth to 1 1/2 gallons of water.  When you have finished shampooing your dog...pour the Rosemary Water over your dog.  Do not rinse.  Pat dry.
9. Lay bananas peels on the floor where you have serious flea issues.  Make sure to put the banana peels face up..within a few days the fleas will be dead.
10. If you eat grapefruit save the peels and add them to your dogs bath water. Fleas hate the smell of grapefruit and may jump off your dog. I always do this when I give a outside bath...not for a inside bath because if there are any fleas I sure do not want them to jump in the bathroom.
Good Luck with your dogs flea control.

As always if the fleas are serious or there are any reaction from the home remedies always contact your vet. I for one always ask my vet about home remedies before I give them a try.  I am a true believer in it is  better to be safe than sorry.

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  1. I did not know that about Citrus! Thanks for the tips!

  2. wow thanks for this great tips my little fur babies thank you as well

  3. Thanks for the tips! We have 2 dogs and 2 cats - so flea tips are always helpful...and non-chemical ones are even better!

  4. Thank you for the tips. Ugh just the thought of fleas gives me chills! YUCK!

  5. We always used peppermint oil in our dogs baths, and it seems to keep the fleas at bay! Plus, it made the dog smell nice.

  6. I always bought Comfortis pills from the vet for fleas. I am going to try this since it is natural & I bet it makes them smell good too!