I’ve been wanting to try alternate methods for preventing fleas/ticks for quite some time now but had a lot of difficulty finding reliable information. I didn’t even think that I could ask for some advice on these forums but then I came across the Off Topic. I did read through a few threads on here already about this but I was hoping to get a clearer and specifc recommendation for a natural flea/tick prevention program (specific product links, times of year, etc). Both my small dogs are on Frontline and are due for another dosage so I am hoping to try something new soon.
I’m really nervous about making this transition so I want to make sure I do it right. Can anyone help offer some advice?
I found that coconut oil mixed with water gets the best results. you have to heat up the coconut oil daily in the cold months. make a spritz out of it.
Hi Raffaele C
Here’s a list of essential oils that are known to be useful in fighting fleas.
Peppermint – kills fleas, strong smell, relatively safe.
Clove – probably the strongest flea killer, but can be irritating to skin.
Lemongrass – smells like lemons, repels and kills, not as powerful as peppermint or clove.
Red Cedarwood – woody smell, kills fleas.
Rosemary – expensive and works as well as peppermint oil.
A simple mixture for a gallon of water would be;
4 oz of any of the oils above.
4 oz of isopropyl alcohol to help with absorption
120 oz of water
Shake well before each use
Lightly mist dog, NOT CAT, with spray bottle or wet a washcloth and rub all over. Can be used daily. Start slowly because you can never know if your dog will have any sensitivities to any of the ingredients.
Here’s a link, buy a couple of 1 oz bottles to start. See which ones you and you and your dog(s) like the best, and go from there.
For testing using 1 oz bottles, mix 1 oz essential oil with 1 oz alcohol and 30 oz water in a 32 oz bottle 😉
I have used a Vetri Science spray, Wondercide spray and also Bug Off Garlic to repel.
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