Top 6 Homemade Flea Repellents

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Are you a homeowner and a pet owner? Well, then you know that having a pet means bringing in some unwanted guests: fleas.

While fleas are not the most dangerous pests, they can cause quite a bit of damage to your home and your pet.

There are many commercial products that you can buy to kill fleas on your pets. Some suggest investing in a flea comb, while others suggest getting something like the Adams Flea & Tick Collar.

But here’s a secret: homemade flea repellents can be just as effective as store bought varieties!

Perhaps you want to avoid the possible harsh chemicals that are usually present in may be present in synthetic repellents.

These commercial insect repellents can cause unwanted side effects, such as skin irritation.

If you’re tired of spending money on the various synthetic repellents that are available at the store, then you should try making your own homemade flea repellent.

Homemade flea repellents can also help in dispelling the flea larvae and flea eggs that may be present in your home.

Even once you’ve combed out the adult fleas from your pet’s fur, there may be flea eggs laying around. Flea eggs most commonly are left around your carpet, rugs, and your pet’s bed.

So, without further ado, here are the top 6 natural repellents that you can try. Most of them consist of natural ingredients that probably already exist in your cabinets!

1. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is a popular ingredient in many homemade flea repellents. The main ingredient in baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.

If you’re looking for a simple and easy homemade flea repellent, then baking soda may be the one for you.

If you want this flea home remedy to work, you need to put baking soda on your carpets and your furniture. You then need to take a hard brush and rub that baking soda into the fabric.

Afterwards, vacuum your home thoroughly. When you are finished, empty the contents of the vacuum into a bag and put it in an outside rubbish bin.

2. Vinegar

Vinegar is a fragrance-free and environmentally-friendly product. It is both natural and chemical-free. It is safe for both pets and children. And it soothes your pet’s flea bites.

Just like most pests, fleas hate the smell and taste of vinegar and would actively avoid it. So making a natural flea spray out of vinegar is the perfect solution!

In order to make your own homemade flea spray, you will need either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

The procedure to make a flea spray is as simple as diluting vinegar with water. Some people also suggest mixing equal parts of vinegar and water. Some people also recommend mixing one part vinegar with three parts water.

Try out both formulas to see which one works best for you.

If your pet seems resistant to the smell, start with some diluted formula and add more concentration to the mix after they get used to it.

3. Salt

When combined with vacuuming, salt is said to be an excellent home remedy for fleas. In fact, salt is an effective natural flea repellent.

Salt acts as an effective dehydration agent, and it absorbs from the fleas’ environment the moisture that they need for them to survive.

All you need to do is grind up household salt or sea salt, then pepper them around your house. Choose areas where you think the fleas might be in. Examples are your couch, bedding, rugs, and more. That simple process can kill both larvae and adults!

Salt helps dry the environment, and if salt touches a flea, it can take out all the moisture from the flea’s body.

Finally, of course, you should only use the salt for your home, not your pets. This is because the salt can cause irritation to their skin.

It is essential that the dog’s flea treatment is different. You can choose your favorite pet-safe shampoo or drops for your pet.

4. Lemon

Lemon juice can be used in lots of ways around your house. It’s said that it can help with wasp stings, but it’s also said to be a natural home remedy for fleas. 

The smell of lemon is said to repel fleas and other insects. Just like salt, the smell of lemon will also dehydrate the flea’s body.

When you make this natural lemon remedy flea spray, slice a lemon thinly and add to a pint of water and boil until it boils.

Let the juice of the citrus sit overnight and then pour some of the liquid into a spray bottle. You should spray this citrus solution on the areas that are infested. Do not soak, just dampen.

Lemon has an excellent odor, so this homemade flea spray will not be overpowering for your pet. However, you should use it in a well-ventilated area and make sure that you have good ventilation in your home as well.

Furthermore, lemon eucalyptus essential oil is known to be effective as a mosquito repellent. So, if you also need protection against mosquitoes, you can invest in that. Take it as extra measurement!

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural home remedy for fleas. It has many healing properties, including killing bacteria and viruses. It also can help with bug bites, as it is used to treat bug bites and stings.

Furthermore, tea tree oil is not harmful to humans or animals. 

Tea tree oil can be purchased at any health food store or online on Amazon. It comes in different levels of concentrations. It can be diluted with water or you can use it straight from the bottle.

6. Flea-repellent Plants

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As a natural remedy to get rid of fleas, you can also enlist the help of a variety of plants that have the ability to repel these biting insects.

In some plants, there are oils and compounds that fleas dislike and will try to avoid. That means that you can use these plants to treat fleas.

These flea-repellent plants include rosemary, basil, mint, lemongrass, chrysanthemums, and lavender. 

For example, it is known that chrysanthemums are able to purify the air and remove toxins. Aside from that, chrysanthemums are also able to repel roaches, ticks, ants, silverfish, fleas, lice, and bedbugs.

The best thing about this is that plants can also make your house to look pretty. So, you don’t have to be afraid to put them all over the house.

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