You can purchase several types of flea repellent on the internet or simply make your own, but how effective they are is an open debate. However, if you do not try one yourself youíll never know how good/bad it actually is. Its wise to note that if you have parasites in your home, you should be looking to kill them as well as find a repellent for them as it does not take long for them to feed, reproduce and leave you with an infestation to deal with.
There are many different kinds of flea repellent for the yard, for inside the home, for humans and for your pets. There are many suppliers of these treatments and you will be able to find them both online and in local stores of at your vets. But you can try to make your own, using ingredients you may already have at your property and these are expanded on below.
To repel fleas from infesting your lawn, you can purchase a number of sprays or spreads. Diatomaceous earth is very popular and this will help kill the parasites too. The top sprays will contain ingredients known to dispel parasites. If you have a recurring battle with fleas, perhaps you should consider alternative control methods as well as trying to repel them. After all if the house pet spends a lot of time in the yard, a flea repellent may push the fleas to jump out of the garden and on to the pet only to be transported into the home!
There are many kinds of common flea repellent for humans, and two popular choices include Deet (which can be bought in most pharmacies) and Permethrin spray. Homemade options include making diluted essential oil sprays. Such sprays could comprise of eucalyptus, rosewood, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, cedar, citrus or lemongrass - all smells said to repel fleas. You could make these at home and then spray the repellent over yourself like a deodorant. One thing to note is that some people react differently to essential oils, so if these spark any allergies or make your skin flare up - consult a doctor immediately.
Repellent for Fleas
If you are buying flea repellent for your pet, ensure that it is safe to use (always read the label and seek professional advice if you arenít sure). For example, some products are described as 100% natural so you think they're safe for everyone, however some of the natural ingredients could still be deadly to cats (e.g. dílimonene, made from citrus rind but can also be used as a solvent). Essential oils arenít apparently good for cats either, but theyíre natural. Other ingredients to possibly be sceptical about in general is Pyrethrin. This is described as a natural insecticide from the flower Chrysanthemum; however it can be toxic to birds and mammals and harmful to fish. See our Natural Flea repellent page for expanded ideas!
Flea Repellents for Dogs and for Cats - It may sound strange, but one thing that could act as a natural flea repellent for your house pet is a healthy nutritional diet (ask your Veterinarian for further information). This is to do with the odor your petsí skin will emit. Secondly (and on a similar line), there could be some natural ingredients added to your petís food and drink, on a daily basis (certainly in flea season). Although large quantities of raw garlic are said to be toxic to cats, a minimal inclusion in the diet is said to be a good repellent to fleas - as is Brewerís yeast. Another idea is to be place a tiny amount of apple cider in the petís water bowl (which apparently also supports their immune system). Natural sprays made from lemon and water or white vinegar and water, flea collars with essential oils (geranium, lavender, lemon to name a few) and flea dip baths are all also reported as good for house pets.
It is important to always seek advice from a professional when it comes to repelling parasites from your pets. Fleas are a very common problem, so you will be able to get good sound direction from your local veterinarian. As for humans, if you have any allergic reactions to any of the essential oils mentioned, then discontinue use and see a doctor.
Flea Repellents for Humans, Dogs and Cats
Home and Yard treatments for pests and parasites
Keep you animals protected with the best repellents and control practises for parasites
Dispel pests with strong repelling sprays - Are Insecticides and Pesticides necessary?
Do your treatments contain Deet and are they suitable to apply to skin directly? Always read the label before applying such products - certainly to children.