Homemade Natural Flea Repellent - There are many natural flea repellents you can make at home using essential oils, plants or fruit so if you are reluctant to use commercial products that contain chemicals and toxins then these alternatives may work for you. As these parasites are carriers of the plague, typhus and tapeworm youíll want to make enough natural flea repellent to last you, your pets, your home and yard throughout flea season and then some. This is a great preventive method to stop infestations, bites and illness before they occur.
Such methods can also save you a lot of money, as well be fun to make. However the aim is to force away fleas and other insects and discourage them from invading your personal space. Some of the ingredients which could help you make a natural repellent for you or your family are below:
Lavender, Rosewood, Peppermint, Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Citrus or Lemongrass
These can be purchased as essential oils, which can then be diluted with water to concoct a repellent spray. The spray could be used on your skin and clothes, although be careful as some may be allergic to them. If you experience respiratory problems or skin irritation then you may wish to consult a doctor and stop using them. Another natural flea repellent could be the odor your skin emits, as parasites are less likely to be attracted to healthy smelling people - plus a balanced healthy diet and exercise will give you a good immune system. Garlic and vinegar are both said to repel fleas, so if youíre looking to keep these pests away maybe these could be added to your meals?
Unfortunately, the same essential oils arenít always appropriate for your pets. In fact, some of them can be poisonous and harmful to pets (certainly kittens and cats) so avoid essential oils unless you are 100% positive they are safe. As mentioned above (maybe slightly in jest), a balanced healthy nutritional diet is regarded as a natural flea repellent for pets. The inclusion of brewerís yeast, garlic (to meals) and apple cider (in the drinking water) to your petís diet can also help. These help the skin emit a less attractive scent to fleas. Sprays can also be made for your pets, from lemon and white vinegar. Dilute these with water and then spray on your pets coat (be sure to not spray it near their eyes). Alternatively, you could look to make some collars with geranium, lavender or lemon. There are also natural shampoos that could be used on your pets that include repelling ingredients. Finally, chamomile grown next to a cats basket and fennel next to a dogs basket are both said to be an additional natural repellent.
Natural Repellent for Fleas
A natural flea repellent for the home and yard could be a plant or an herb. Place repelling plants and herbs throughout your yard, on your window sills and in areas where you think fleas could enter the home. If thereís a chance fleas could be in your neighbourís yard, place some plants along the perimeter of your land to prevent fleas entering. Lavender, mint, rosemary, eucalyptus, fennel, chamomile are all things you could grow and use for sprays and cooking. You could spray your curtains or furniture upholstery with the sprays also.
If parasites have already found a way into your home, yard or on your pets, visit our other pages for ideas on how to get rid of them (natural flea control). You may have to use stronger controls and treatments to completely rid an infestation of fleas. Always seek professional advice when it comes to your pets if you arenít sure of a product or treatment - even if itís natural. Humans react differently to certain oils and sprays, and likewise pets will also. Exercise caution and if there are any adverse reactions to a 'natural flea repellent', discontinue use.
Homemade Natural Flea Repellent
Do Natural Flea Repellents work? Let us know what you find out!
Make your own natural repellents at home with plants
Always be careful applying any type of flea products to your pets or children. Not all natural methods are kind to all animals - research and be sure
If you are concerned about the health of your dogs or cats due to Fleas, contact your Vet immediately