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My family and I go through the same thing every year starting from the spring all the way through to the end of summer. Living in Florida, the weather is exceptionally warm and humid which is the perfect environment for fleas to thrive. This has been really rough on us throughout the years and we have tried so many different things to rid our home from these pesky intruders.
One of the most important factors to me in a flea treatment is that it is all natural. I am an advocate for all natural products whenever possible and hate the idea of using harsh chemicals in any aspect of my home, but I know that sometimes it is unavoidable.
Because of the struggle that my family had experienced with fleas, I wanted to take the time to share with my readers the following recipe for an all-natural, instant flea killing and repelling spray solution that has been the only thing to work for my family when it comes to getting rid of fleas in our home.
Note: This must be done immediately after you have bathed your dog(s). Spray this everywhere on your dog (avoiding eyes and nose). You will see fleas fall to the floor immediately and this spray will continue to repel them. DO NOT dilute with water. The fleas will only die if the vinegar is not diluted. This might seem harsh but if your flea treatment is as severe as ours had been, this will be so much better than the alternative for your precious pooch.I should also note that we use this spray in tandem with an indoor treatment (see recipe below) and a chemical treatment in our lawn. This chemical treatment is used only twice per year. Once when fleas start to appear (in the beginning of spring) and one more treatment a week after that. This is followed by an all-natural lawn treatment of food grade Diatomaceous Earth (also known as D.E.) every few months.
We would have liked to have avoided using chemicals all together but this just has not been successful for us with the amount of fleas that hatch in early spring.
Indoor Carpet and Floor Flea Treatment Recipe (Safe for Pets)
Combine the ingredients together into a shaker bottle and then sprinkle all over your floors, carpeting, and furniture (if needed). You can vacuum off of your furniture about an hour or two later but I would leave this on your flooring as much as possible until your flea problem is alleviated, refreshing the mixture as often as possible.
- Vacuum daily (until fleas are gone). After fleas are gone, vacuum weekly.
- Wash bedding often (at least once per week, more if needed)
- Clean all surfaces and linen in your house often (spraying counter tops, etc. with distilled vinegar)
Side Note: Vinegar also makes a really great all-natural glass and mirror cleaner.
It is a lot of hard work to get under control initially and there is no magic quick fix for a severe flea infestation, but if you persist with the above regimen, you will be successful!
Here is more information about each of the above stated ingredients and how they work
Vinegar is very acidic and fleas just simply hate it. The theory is that a flea would starve before it would go near a pet who smells like vinegar. This is how vinegar apparently kills the fleas… PLUS it is a cost effective solution which acts as a carrier agent for the other ingredients (essential oils).
Lemon oil is a good, all-natural flea repellent solution. Lemons and other citrus fruits, produce a substance called linalool which acts as a poison to fleas.
Peppermint oil is considered as a multipurpose flea control remedy which is natural, safe and effective. It is also known to soothe the skin irritations and itching on the pet’s body.
Neem oil comes from the bark of a tree in India. It has a somewhat foul smell which I can only describe as a burnt peanut butter (only worse). This oil serves as a multi-purpose oil, relieving dry skin, soothing itchy irritated skin, and improving overall skin health by combating bacterial infections. In addition to being an anti-bacterial, Neem is also an anti-viral, anti-septic and anti-fungal. Studies have also found that Neem oil is highly effective for use in flea control on pets killing both fleas and their eggs.
Thanks for reading. Have you and your family ever experienced a flea infestation? Sound off in the comments below!