It’s almost inevitable that fleas and ticks will find their way to your dog, and this does not mean you’ve neglected them in any way. If there are feral cats in your neighborhood, you likely have fleas in your yard. Ticks are abundant in high grass and areas with a significant deer population. To make matters worse, once your dog gets fleas or ticks they will likely end up in your home, and they can be a real pain to eradicate. Here, we will give you some natural home remedies for getting rid of these buggers.
The best thing about homemade flea and tick remedies is that they’re usually a lot cheaper than the store-bought versions and you save yourself the hassle of trying different products only them ineffective. Many commercial flea and tick products have ingredients in them that can be harmful to humans and pets. Home remedies are safe for you and your family and they won’t ruin your furniture or carpets. You could buy a flea and tick collar, but they’re not that effective. Even worse, most collars have warnings right on the packaging that tell you not to touch it due to harmful ingredients, so why would you put that on your pet?
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the best natural methods of controlling fleas and ticks is apple cider vinegar and you probably have some sitting in your pantry. Simply mix a 50:50 solution of vinegar and water, then spritz your pet as he comes in and out of your home. This is a great way to deter fleas and ticks from jumping on your dog. To help further protect them, you can add one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to their water, which has the added benefit keeping alkaline levels in check. Not all dogs will accept vinegar in their water and we recommend checking with your vet before trying this.
Oranges and Lemons
Another natural remedy for keeping fleas and ticks at bay is citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. Although rubbing freshly squeezed citrus fruits on your dog will certainly keep fleas and ticks away, some dogs can’t stand the acidity. Make sure you avoid the eyes while rubbing it behind the ears, on the base of the tail and inside the legs where ticks like to congregate. Alternatively, you can make a flea and tick spray by cutting an orange or lemon into quarters, putting them in boiling water, then letting it sit overnight.
Lastly, you may discover that once have eradicated your buddy of the fleas and ticks that the pests that are hiding in your carpet or furniture find their way back. Try liberally spreading a mixture of baking soda and salt down on your carpet and furniture, leave it overnight and then vacuum it up in the morning. The salt and baking powder literally kills fleas and ticks by dehydrating them. Once eradicated, be sure keep them at bay with a spritz before and after you go outside to hopefully keep them away for good.