More Weapons Against Dog Fleas

Thought all external dog flea home remedies were explored on the previous page about using essential oils?

Well, fortunately, there's even more options to employ when tackling these pests.

This page shares: 

  • neem seed oil uses
  • an apple cider vinegar tip
  • a lemon water solution, 
  • ways to kill fleas
  • tested method to keep ticks off (by me so I know it works!) 

A Long Revered Panacea = Neem

Neem seed oil has many uses, and as insecticides go, this natural form is very effective.  Since this oil has a strong and distinctive smell that not everyone likes,  take a whiff first.  

• add a few drops of neem seed oil to a natural gentle shampoo each time you use it or buy a neem shampoo

• to reduce the smell, add neem oil to a carrier oil (using 1:6 ratio).  Place it onto fur by putting a little on your fingers and rubbing with your hands all over the coat.  Click to see a list of carrier oils.

• if a neem oil spray is preferred, just a few drops in vegetable glycerine will work.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Unpasteurized Organic Apple Cider is useful for many things and was already included in the suggestions for what you can add to your dog's water bowl for internal help.

For external dog flea protection:

  • Pour a little diluted apple cider vinegar on a rag and wipe it on your dog’s coat
  • Mix 1:1 ratio of water and ACV and spray it on after the dog’s bath

Powerful Lemon Solution Kills Dog Fleas

Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a fascinating woman. As an herbalist, she sought effective remedies for animals by working and learning from many different people throughout the world: Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa, and Americas.  Juliette also chose to travel with nomadic people such as the Berbers, Bedouins, and Romani, to observe how they effectively kept their animals free of insects and other health problems. 

This determined and well respected herbalist shared a recipe that not only kills and repels dog fleas but helps the skin.  Here are the steps to create it:

  1. Thinly slice a whole lemon - peel on
  2. Add lemon slices to a pint of near boiling water
  3. Let mix steep overnight
  4. Next day: sponge the lemon mix onto the dog’s skin and fur
  5. Let it dry.

The lemon’s d-limonene will naturally kill fleas!  Gotta love that.

Want Another Method to Kill Fleas?

Here you go:

If you found actual fleas on your dog or evidence of them, don't worry but do at least one of the following:

  • Make the above lemon-water mix solution and sponge it on. 
  • Use natural gentle shampoo with drops of either pine oil or eucalyptus oil.  Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse. These two oils are VERY strong so never use them undiluted on your dog. 

Double the defense: in my opinion, the fragrances of eucalyptus and lemon are great together.  Why not use both methods.

Terrific Natural Way to Keep Ticks Off

Ticks a problem too? 

If you struggle with blood sucking and disease spreading ticks,

     and this oil into your dog flea essential oil or spray mix:

Palmarosa essential oil (latin name: Cymbopogon martini motia)

My personal battle story with ticks:

Living in the woods was beautiful but a continual battle with ticks that arrived thanks to deer, raccoons, coyotes and all sorts of other wildlife.  I couldn’t believe the battle I had to do every time my dogs came inside.  

I checked every inch of them and when I occasionally forgot, far too often I felt the little bump of an engorged tick as I petted them. Disgust and frustration aren't strong enough words to describe my feelings.

Here's what proved this home remedy for me:

A year before I learned about Palmarosa?  I found 19 ticks on my dog!

The next year: only 1.

Based on my experience I can definitely say “Yes, it’s effective!” as long as you spray your furry friend before he or she goes out the door.  Especially make sure to spray the legs and belly because most times the ticks will jump on to these areas.

My hope is that these dog flea remedies give you the confidence to defeat this enemy and do it naturally without harmful effects.  

Yes, it takes a bit more effort than giving a pill or putting a chemical collar on but, honestly, it's worth it!

Fight back with these empowering options,


Make Sure to See All Flea Home Remedies

Internal natural remedies -

  • healthy food 
  • supplements
  • herbs

External tonics -

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