Fleas and Ticks

March 13, 2007 6:00am CST
Fleas have become a major problem in pets due to fitted carpets and central heating which provide an ideal environment for them. Various essential oils can be used to deter fleas: citrus oils such as lemongrass, lemon, citronella, abd other oils including eucalyptus, geranium, tea tree, and lavender. Wash the bedding of your pet and put a few drops of lavender in the rinse water. Any of the above oils can be regularly sprinkled on the bedding; only use 2 to 3 drops. Put 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tee tree oil in 500ml of warm water, swish the oils around, dip a brush in the water, then brush your dog thoroughly. TICKS: If your pet has a tick, put 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus oil directly on the tick and this will make it drop off.
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@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
13 Mar 07
We have often heard that adding garlic to pet food will repel fleas, and I just learned this morning that it can be toxic, along with onions to your dogs and cats, so I find your post very timely. I use both tea tree and lavender oils. I will also use them in a vegetable shortening base to rub on sore or hot spots on my dogs and cats. When you can get these on the fleas it immobilizes them, and you can use a flea comb to remove them. I guess we need to remember to be careful about our furred friends.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
good advise, I had a flea infestation last year and it took such a long time to get rid of it. But finally I did.
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Would this work for cats too?
14 Mar 07
You can use these oils for cats. They have thinner skin than dogs do. So here is a suggestion for cats: Sprinkle 2-3 drops of essential oil on a ribbon or bias binding, wrap this around yor pet's collar and put around its neck. Re-soak the collar with essential oils every 2-3 weeks.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Hi Spiritwolf, You have given us a lot of good advice.I can add to it in that I get cedar shavings to put into the dog and cat beds.I sew hug pillows cases the fold an old blenket or comforter in half and againd so it's a square then slide it in the case,pour in some cedar shavings,close and you have a wonderful fleas and tick chasing bed for your pet. Thanks for all the info R
13 Mar 07
That's a good idea you have there. Tara has eaten so many of her beds that I am running out of ideas.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I'm sending this off to some of my friends. Thanks for all the info dear.
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
22 Mar 07
i cannot stand it when they get them, poor things. but i guess there is no real way to keep them off the poor pets
• United States
17 Mar 07
Great tip. Does this work for cats too? We have 3 cats, 2 of which love to venture outside. I need to do something about the fleas. Also they do come in with an occasional tick. Thank you for the post.