Fleas are a serious nuisance for the dog and its owners, and can even cause skin problems and infection with tapeworms.
No wonder everyone wants to get rid of these pests!
But here’s the problem:
Conventional flea and tick products tend to contain insecticides, which help to control insects and are somehow questionable.
Some claim that these substances are harmless to pets, others say they’re not safe to use, especially when there are children around.
If you like to be on the safe side and avoid controversial chemicals, you should try the natural approach (which may require a little more time and effort).
In this post, I’ll teach you how to get rid of fleas in the house naturally. I’ll also talk about getting rid of fleas on dogs using common ingredients that most of us have inside the pantry.
How To Get Rid Of Fleas In The House Naturally (8 Steps)
1. First, Use These Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Fleas On Your Dog
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fleas dislike the smell and taste of ACV, and although it doesn’t actually hurt them, they will probably prefer to move on to the next pet.
Plus, vinegar is rather inexpensive and can be used in a number of ways:
- In drinking water — Typically, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for every quart of water is enough. You can use this method regularly to prevent future fleas.
- In baths — Dilute one cup of vinegar in one gallon of water, and rinse your dog’s body with it after his shower. You can also use a natural lemongrass dog shampoo.
- As a spray — Simply add half apple cider vinegar and half water to a spray bottle and use it on your pet (avoid the eyes) or in your home whenever necessary.
Lauric acid, which can be found in coconut oil, is a safe and non-toxic repellent to fleas and ticks. On top of that, this oil is known to help with skin problems and itching, as well as making the coat beautiful and shiny.
All you need to do is melt a bit of coconut oil in your hands and thoroughly massage your dog with it. Continue with the treatment for several days or until the fleas are gone.
There are various essential oils that you can use to prevent and get rid of fleas, here are my top 5 pet safe oils:
- Cedar essential oil — While Cedarwood is safe for humans and pets, it’s quite toxic to insects, fleas included. You can dilute Cedar in a carrier oil (coconut oil, for example) and give your dog a proper massage or use a diffuser to treat every room.
- Eucalyptus essential oil — Eucalyptus isn’t only a good way to repel fleas, but it can also eliminate bad pet odors. You can add a few drops of this oil to your dog’s shampoo or use a mixture of Eucalyptus and water in a spray bottle to prevent fleas on your furniture and carpets.
- Lavender essential oil — Since Lavender is anti-inflammatory and can soothe skin irritations, it’s great for flea bites. You can rub this oil directly on your dog to help with any discomfort or diffuse it to keep the fleas away.
- Lemongrass essential oil — Lemongrass is a well-known insect repellent, but it’s also an excellent deodorizer for dogs. You can apply a few drops of diluted oil on your dog or spray it on his bedding.
- Rosemary essential oil — Rosemary can repel fleas while stimulating hair growth and healing the skin. You can drip a little bit of oil on your dog’s collar or make a flea repellent from rosemary, lavender, and peppermint to use on your dog and around the house.
If you don’t have Rosemary essential oil, you can make a natural flea repellant wash from Rosemary leaves which has the same benefits.
The limonene that’s found in lemons is a natural deterrent for fleas and other insects. However, lemon can be rough on the skin so I would avoid using it directly on your dog.
Instead, take a few lemons cut into quarters, cover them with boiled water and let it steep for a few hours. You can also add dried rosemary for a greater effect.
After that, use the mixture as a wash or in a spray bottle (again, watch out for the eyes) until there are no fleas left.
2. Remove Fleas From Your Dog’s Coat With A Flea Comb
Prepare a cup with apple cider vinegar, and another with soapy water. Then, dip the flea comb in the vinegar before you check your dog for fleas, and use the soapy water to drown the ones you find.
Know that some fleas may jump, so make sure to comb your dog in the bath or even outside to avoid fleas at home.
3. Vacuum Your Floors, Carpets, And Furniture Regularly
Vacuuming is proven to be effective in getting rid of fleas, and it’s also a safe way that doesn’t include chemicals.
But you’ll need to work hard and thoroughly clean up your dog’s spot and where he tends to hang out, as well as underneath the furniture, and other hard-to-reach areas.
Plus, you’ll have to vacuum on a daily basis until you don’t see fleas anymore (after that, once a week should be enough). If you don’t have one yet, go for a lightweight, bagless vacuum so you can finish the job quickly and easily.
If you want to go above and beyond, consider renting a steam cleaner to treat your carpets and beds using hot temperature and get rid of any fleas or eggs larva immediately.
4. Machine Wash All Of Your Dog’s Bedding, Blankets, And Pillows
Soapy water, combined with hot water and the turbulence inside the washing machine is an effective way to get rid of fleas, flea eggs, and larva.
Besides your dog’s bedding and other items that he came into contact with, you should also wash any cloth that has been on the floor. But be sure not to use water that is too hot for the fabric type.
5. Reduce The Level Of Humidity In The Air
Another thing you can do is to reduce the moisture levels since fleas (as well as clothes moths, and dust mites) can’t survive in damp conditions.
The best way is to use a dehumidifier and set the humidity level below 50% to prevent the fleas and larva from thriving and the eggs to hatch.
6. Grow Plants And Herbs That Naturally Repel Fleas
Similar to essential oils, some plants will repel fleas and other insects.
You can obviously grow Lavender, Lemongrass, and Rosemary, which I had already talked about. However, there are more pet-friendly plants and herbs out there, such as Citronella and Chamomile that can help you keep fleas at bay.
7. Build A Flea Trap To Attracts And Catch Adult Fleas
Flea traps are meant to attract and catch adult fleas, meaning they won’t help against eggs and larva. That being said, a trap is a good way to check the scope of the infestation.
There are good products online, but you can also make your own quite easily and inexpensively. All you need is some sticky pages or a soapy water bowl and a lamp.
8. Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Yard
If your yard is full of fleas, eliminating them in your house and on your dog is a waste of time.
Fleas love to hide in tall grass so as a general rule, keep your lawn short and clean (that means no leaves, weeds or debris either). That way, you’re also exposing these parasites to direct sunlight which will hurt the flea larva.
You can also use natural cedar oil, which as I mentioned, is toxic for fleas (yet safe for humans and animals) and it will also get rid of mosquitos and ticks.