We all love dogs, right?! Well, most of us do and they’re really great and loyal friends. But, UNFOTUNATELY, our friends seem to be a magnet for horrible, draining fleas and ticks.
The real and ugly truth is that many flea treatment products contain harsh chemicals that have been reported to cause everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. Did you know that the experts say that the flea products are the second most common causes of dog poisoning? The answer is YES! But, you shouldn’t be worried, because we have good news for you! Yes, and the good news is that the dangers associated with commercial products that repel fleas has led many pet owners to look for more natural solutions. In this article we’re going to show you all-natural solution that has many holistic vets raving.
Flea-Be-Gone Powder – Instructions:
- 1 cup of food grade diatomaceous earth
- Half a cup of neem powder
- Half a cup of yarrow powder
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Follow the simple instructions:
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Put this mixture in a container with a shaker top.
- Apply this powder to your dry dog and brush their fur so the powder comes into contact with their skin.
- Avoid getting it into their eyes or nose.
- If your dog has an active flea infestation, you’ll want to apply this powder every other day until you see no more traces of flees.
- Get the powder in areas where your pet spends lots of time, such as their bed or areas of your carpet.
- Leave it to sit there for a few hours then vacuum it up.
- To make sure your pet stays flea free, apply the powder once monthly during flea season.
Each of the ingredients has flea-repelling qualities that will send the critters running.
- Diatomaceous Earth
First of all, you should know that the diatomaceous earth is made up of the silica from fossilized aquatic organisms. While each of the silica grains are harmless to you and your pet, to insects they are incredibly sharp. According to the experts, when fleas come into contact with diatomaceous earth, their skin is punctured and they dehydrate.
- Neem Powder
This powerful powder has been used for centuries to repel fleas, ticks, lice and other creepy crawly pests. Neem powder contains azadirachtin, which disrupts the development of insect larvae, stopping a new generation dead in its tracks. Also found in neem powder is salannin, which has been shown in some studies to be more effective than DEET at repelling pests.
- Yarrow Powder
We all know that the flea bites have a tendency to become infected, leading to even more problems for your pet. Yarrow powder is an anti-inflammatory substance that prevents this. It will also soothe your dog’s irritated skin!
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The CDC has confirmed that natural eucalyptus oil is as effective as chemical DEET for repelling pests! Eucalyptus essential oil has powerful antiseptic properties to assist with healing after insect bites.
Other Natural Flea and Tick Treatments
- Lemongrass oil
First of all, you should know that the major compounds in lemon grass oil are citral, geraniol, myrcene, citronellal and limonene. Citronella oil contains large amounts of citral, which gives lemon grass oil its lemony fragrance. STUDY – lemon grass oil is as effective as commercial mosquito repellents without the dangerous side effects of chemicals.
- Cinnamon oil
Cinnamon oil is a key natural mosquito repellent. A recent study has revealed that 15% cinnamon oil to water ratio can kill mosquito larvae in 6 hours. Even a 5% solution is able to kill larvae in 24 hours. Another study shows cinnamon oil is more effective than some commercial and even natural mosquito repellents.
- Clove Oil
STUDY – clove oil is shown to repel against mosquitos that carry malaria, filarial and yellow fever. Clove oil is also shown to repel the longest—2-4 hours, which is longer than any other natural repellent.
- Geraniol Oil
Geraniol is the active compound in geraniums. This fragrant oil has been shown to be effective for repelling a wide variety of insects, including “mosquitoes, house flies, stable flies, horn flies, cockroaches, fire ants, fleas, gnats, dog ticks, lone star ticks, and no-see-ums (tiny gnats).”
Warning for Cats
Ladies and gentlemen, this is very important for you to remember – essential oils are generally safe for dogs, you should be careful using these with cats. Cats have problems metabolizing the compounds in essential oils, which can lead to toxic build-up in their bodies. So, always check with your vet before using any essential oil on a cat.