Home Remedies for Fleas
Here are some home remedies for fleas. There are powders, sprays, dips, pills and even books promising relief from fleas.
The following home remedies for fleas and flea bites are collected from an assortment of people and sources. Read them and be amazed, amused and confused.
To get rid of fleas it is suggested that you “plant Pennyroyal, an herb, around your home, as well as growing it inside for the same purpose.” Tansy was another suggested repellent herb choice, too. Yet another person insists, “The answer is eucalyptus leaves”. If you believe, you can get them by the bag at most craft stores.
If none of the suggested herbs do the trick just grab a box of Twenty Mule Team Borax Soap (Is that stuff still sold in grocery stores?) and “sprinkle a little on the grass and lawn just outside the door.”
I like this flea treatment suggestion. “Use natural powders containing such herbs as rosemary, rue, wormwood, pennyroyal, eucalyptus, or citronella or tobacco powder. Or, just use diatomaceous earth in all the nooks and crannies you can't reach by vacuuming.” I wonder if any of this stuff lists flea control on the label?
Here's another submission. Good cedar chip placement makes good neighbors. If a sturdy fence won't keep them out, “place cedar chips along your fence line to keep the fleas from other people's yards out of your yard. “
“Sprinkle diatomaceous Earth all over the yard. You can buy a large bag for just a few dollars at any swimming pool supply store. It is used normally as part of the filtration system for swimming pools.” Again, this source is suggesting the use of swimming pool filtration for flea control. Better do some research before you go this route.
Here are some home remedies to ease the itch once you or your pet have been bitten:
This person says, “Bathe pets in a mixture of warm water and Dawn Dish Soap" (Lemon Scented) "Dawn Lemon Scented Liquid soap is a great flea killer and repellent.” I don't remember seeing that point made in any of their TV commercials. Running a close second to this treatment are those who swear a bath containing Pennyroyal or eucalyptus oil has great flea killing powers.
This one I know to be true, Taking a hot shower after being bitten by fleas bring blood to the affected spot and aggravates the itching. Applying cold to the area is the best way to relief itching. Soaking is better than showering because the pounding from the shower can also increase the itching.
And here are a few on the list of home remedies for flea repellents.
Skin So Soft from Avon has long been touted as an effective flea repellent. The University of Florida actually did tests on dogs with the product and they found it greatly reduced flea counts. The woodland fragrance of Skin So Soft evidently is repugnant to fleas, yet the University was also quick to add that Skin So Soft is not as effective as a standard flea dip.
Then there is the suggestion that a good flea defense beings with your diet. You are what you eat! The addition of garlic and brewer's yeast to your pet's daily diet is said to “
make a flea's taste buds curl in disgust.” I suppose that should work for humans, as well.
Here's one for ridding your house once the fleas have invaded, “At night you put a dinner plate (preferable not fine china) on the floor in the room with the worst flea problem and put a drop of dish soap in some water on the plate. Put a lamp on the floor next to the plate.”(I think maybe a directional lamp would be best, especially if you can focus the light directly on the plate.) “The fleas are attracted to the light and jump on the plate. The dish soap breaks the water surface tension to prevent them from jumping out of the water causing them to sink and drown. If this is done for several nights eventually all the fleas will be gone.” Hopefully, all the fleas will know to go to that plate and jump in.
Finally, here's one that's simple. “Thin slice a lemon or lime, peals and all, into two cups of water. Heat the water to boiling and let sit overnight. Sponge your children or pets in the morning with the lemon scented water, and let it dry. It will soothe the skin, smell really nice, and keep the fleas off for about 1/2 a day.” You'll be a magnet for fruit flies and yellow jackets, but you won't be bothered by fleas.
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