Get rid of Fleas on Pets
How to get rid of fleas on cats and dogs
to get rid of fleas in your pet’s fur
Ideas to prevent
How to SAFELY get rid of fleas in YOUR
Without using potentially
You will need:
Grapefruit seed extract (Triple
Cat or dog shampoo
or BLUE Dawn® washing up liquid
Combine approximately 7-10
drops of triple-strength grapefruit seed extract for every tablespoon of cat or
dog shampoo -
BLUE Dawn® washing up liquid is recommended by some as an alternative to cat or
dog shampoo – users report that Dawn kills fleas on contact, even by itself.
However, it does not kill eggs and may dry out skin if used too often. The
soap molecule in Dawn bonds with the flea’s exoskeleton and forces water into
their bodies so they drown.
Shampoo your pet’s fur
thoroughly with the mixture – best to do this outside, because some fleas will
jump off. How much of the mixture you use depends on the size of your pet. E.g.
a cat may need up to 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Keep mixture away from your
As you wet the animal down, the fleas are
going to “flee” for higher and drier ground in the head area.
Therefore, to prevent them from escaping, first pour a thick layer of the
shampoo mixture all around the head and neck area; as close to the top of the
head and underneath the chin area as you can get. Pour small amounts of water
with your hand onto the soapy area and spend some time building up a thick,
soapy barrier that will kill the fleas that attempt to pass through it.
Proceed by wetting down and lathering up
the rest of the animal's body while frequently returning to massage and
re-lather the neck area.
Allow it to sit on your
pet’s fur for 7-10 minutes -
Do not allow the animal to lick
itself during this time
(this mixture is too strong to be taken
orally and may irritate the pet’s tongue); Towards the end of the session, use a
flea comb if you have one.
Rinse the animal off
thoroughly, removing all the mixture –
any soap residue may irritate animals skin. If you like, you may dry off your
Repeat Steps 1 through 4
in three days - to kill off any remaining fleas that have hatched out.
∞ Diatomaceous earth
Kills by physical, not
chemical, action - contains no chemicals, toxins or additives. Its tiny diatoms scratch off
the insect's waxy coating, and dehydrate it. Fleas cannot become immune to its
Fleas come in
contact with the powder and die within 48 hours
How to Use on Pet
strength by rubbing into animal's coat.
Use 1 oz.on
small dogs and cats / 2 oz. on medium and
Avoid getting dust in animal's eyes.
Reapply every 3 days or as needed.
Do not use on
puppies or kittens under 12 weeks of age
veterinarian before using on debilitated, aged, medicated, pregnant or nursing
Can safely be
sprinkled on pet bedding and rugs
Diatomaceous earth is
drying to the skin – wash hands immediately after
Ideas to prevent re-infection
OBVIOUSLY, remove source of fleas -
if known or possible
Add apple cider vinegar (ACV) to animal’s water – this makes the skin smell and taste acidic to the fleas and will repel
them. It also repels ticks and flies. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is
preferred. Animals usually love the taste of ACV, which has numerous other
Apple Cider Vinegar
Example doses – For a 70# dog use 2-3 Tbsp. ACV /day. For a 10# dog use about 1 teaspoon
Sprinkle a 50/50 mixture of borax and salt on carpets, soft furniture,
dark areas under furniture, pet sleeping areas -
Borax and salt work by absorbing moisture of the flea. Allow to sit for a
couple days before vacuuming it up. Since borax does not kill un-hatched flea
eggs, you may need to repeat the process several times, depending on the
severity of your infestation. You may want to keep your pet out of these treated
areas during this process.
Vacuum hard surfaces daily for a week -
You can add some borax
to the vacuum bag to kill any live fleas you pick up.
Bug zapper in a corner on the floor inside the house –
warmth and light draws
fleas at night and zaps them. Place behind a table so that children and animals
can not get to it, but that the light can emanate. Lowe’s/Home Depot sell a 15
watt zapper (for up to 3000 sq feet) for around $25.
Lemon water - slice a lemon, put it
into a bowl and pour boiling water over the lemon slices. Let it sit overnight.
Strain and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your pet and all places where the
fleas are at. Users of this method rave about how it works.
Rosemary – a Farmers Almanac tip to kill/repel fleas –
cups of fresh rosemary in water at a low boil for around 20-30 min. - you'll get
Use on household surfaces
after completely vacuuming everything, wipe down all hard surfaces and spray
[bottle] furniture, under cushions and under furniture.
Or make a spray for pet -
Strain the liquid and remove the leaves. Transfer the liquid to a bucket
and add one gallon of warm water. Allow the water to reach a lukewarm
temperature. Soak your dog or cat in the remedy by pouring over their coat. Let
animal dry naturally – preferably in the warmth of the sun.
remedy - grind rosemary leaves into a fine
powder and sprinkle on the places your dog or cat sleeps and plays as a
way to repel fleas.
Water and light idea to try - before going to bed, lay down a white
sheet and place a cookie sheet in the middle and fill it with water. Lastly,
place a lamp next to it. Attracted to
the light and the white of the sheet, fleas will jump into the plate and drown.
See how many you caught in the morning!
Banana peels –
split 2 banana peels
several times. Place on floor, inside facing up, where your pets will not chew
on it. E.g. Under furniture. Reason unknown, but fleas are gone in about two
days. Leave peelings there until dried and replace a couple more times to be on
the safe side.
Diatomaceous Earth -
sprinkle on pet bedding and rugs
Give dog raw liver – this unusual tip may be worth a try: give your
dog a piece of raw liver to eat at least once a week. Reportedly makes any ticks
jump off the dog;
Essential oils used in sprays for fur or added to shampoos -
include Lemongrass, Lavender and Citronella, Eucalyptus, Pennyroyal, tea
For the yard -
use one cup of pine-sol with one cup of vinegar in a water hose sprayer
and spray the yard once or twice a month.