5 Natural Flea and Tick Remedies for Your Pet

Bugs be gone with these remedies.

Unfortunately, summer isn’t all about warm breezes and cool drinks. Sometimes, summertime brings along some nasty side effects – like mosquitos, sunburns, fleas, and ticks. Yes, sadly, it’s all too true that this is also the season for unsavory bugs, which tend to bother you and your furry friends. Luckily, we have a few solutions – like these 5 natural flea and tick remedies for your pet – that will vault you back to enjoying mojitos on the patio.

Sometimes, it’s true that chemical solutions for fleas and ticks are necessary. Some of these pests, like ticks, can carry bacteria (including Lyme disease). So, getting rid of them is very important. This might mean you want to turn to a chemical aid if you’re dealing with a whole-house infestation. In less serious cases, though, these 5 natural flea and tick remedies for you pet can be just as effective. Naturally occurring enzymes are just as effective at killing and repelling these bothersome pests.

If your infestation isn’t dire, consider trying some of these natural flea and tick remedies. You may be surprised at how easily they remove the pests from your pet! That will make your animals happy while also giving you a cleaner, safer home.

NOTE: No matter which natural remedy you use, always check with your vet to make sure it’s safe to use with your pet.

1. Freshly Crushed Garlic

Fresh garlic does more than keep the vampires away! Mixing garlic with your dog’s food can help keep the pesky bugs away too. Experts recommend using no more than 1/2 clove per 20 pounds of body weight each day, with a maximum of 2 cloves for any size of dog.

If you prefer a more convenient remedy, Springtime’s natural garlic for dogs and horses may be an option.

Don’t use any garlic remedy if your dog has a history of hemolytic anemia. Also, do not use garlic natural flea and tick remedies with cats, as it can be toxic to them.

2. Vinegar

Add vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water at the rate of 1 teaspoon per quart of water. You can dilute it in water using a 1:1 mixture and spray it onto your pet’s coat. Read all about the 21 healthy ways to use apple cider vinegar – some of the uses might surprise you!

3. Coconut Oil

Extra virgin coconut oil contains lauric acid, an ingredient believed to repel fleas. Rub the oil onto the pet’s skin by warming it into your hands and spreading the oil on them. You can also add 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight twice each day to their food.

4. Ladybugs

Yes, ladybugs are natural flea predators, making them a natural first line of defense on your property. They’ll each consume up to 50-60 bugs, including fleas, each day. Find ladybugs at your local garden store.

5. Citrus Juice

Squeeze or rub the juice of lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit onto your pet’s hair to help repel fleas naturally. The secret ingredient in this remedy is a substance called limonene, which is also responsible for the distinctive aroma of citrus fruits. As a bonus, your furry friend will smell extra nice too!

NOTE: Do not use citrus oil extracts on your pets. Citrus oil irritates the skin and can cause liver damage in pets when ingested.

For more DIY you can do for your pet, try these:

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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  1. >Add vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water at the rate of 1 teaspoon per quart of water

    Interesting… is the idea that the vinegar will end up making their skin/blood taste bad to the fleas? What a brilliant solution to the “flea problem”, if it actually works that is.

  2. For fleas, I have found that Dawn dish soap used as a body wash kills the fleas on your dog, instantly. (Watched them drop right off into the tub). Lather and let sit for a few minutes. Also sprinkling large flaky kosher salt around your house will kill them within 2 days! Speaking from experience. I have a Great Dane and battled them for a year before I found this crazy simple solution.

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