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3 Essential Oils that Repel Fleas and Ticks

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 22 comments

 3 Essential Oils to Prevent Fleas and Ticks

Our four legged friends are family members too, and giving them the attention and care that they need is important for ensuring they’re happy and healthy. Of course, it’s sometimes more difficult than it can seem and one thing that can be challenging is preventing fleas and ticks.

It’s incredibly important to do, however. Fleas and ticks can hitch a ride into your home on your dog or cat and instantly become a major problem. Fleas bite and cause itching sores that can lead to additional health issues, while ticks can carry Lyme disease and other potentially fatal diseases.

Fleas in particular can be a major problem in that once they enter the home, they can spread quickly and become incredibly difficult to repel. Eggs are laid in carpet, clothing, and any other fabric in the home and a few fleas on a dog can easily become a major infestation. Luckily, there are numerous options out there that can help you repel fleas and improve the health of your pet and the protection level of your home. And essential oils can be one of the keys to doing just that.

The Benefits of Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

Using natural treatments to combat fleas is not only effective, but offers you numerous benefits. It’s true that it can be a bit more involved than setting off one of those ‘bug bombs’ in each room of your home, but when you consider the advantages it becomes clear that it’s a better choice:

  • You don’t have to fill the home with dangerous poisons and chemicals – poisons that can harm you, your family, and your pets.
  • Natural treatment and essential oils are more affordable than those harsh chemical poisons, so you save money and improve the safety of the process.
  • Instead of being left with lingering chemical odors, your essential oils leave behind pleasant aromas that can also bring aromatherapy benefits with them. From relaxation to lower stress, you can enjoy these benefits while fighting ticks and fleas.
  • Tick and flea collars can mean that your pet is literally wearing poison around their necks. Using essential oils is a better choice.

In short, repelling fleas and ticks with the help of some essential oils and a bit of effort is something that makes sense and that should be your first choice when you’re trying to do this.

The Natural Treatment Process

So how do you go about fighting fleas and ticks naturally? Prevention is always a better solution, and using the essential oil treatments listed below is a good first start. Regularly bathing your pets with real soap is also important and can help prevent flea and tick outbreaks before they occur. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the home daily to remove ticks.

If you notice that fleas are already a problem, all of the above steps are important as well. Regular bathing, vacuuming, and use of essential oils will be instrumental in keeping them away. Along with this, wash your bedding and your dog’s bedding as well to help ensure that none of the fleas are present there.

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3 Essential Oils For Flea and Tick Repellent

Using essential oils to fight against fleas is an effective alternative to expensive chemicals, pills, collars, and sprays. Of course, not all essential oils are effective. Here are the three best choices for preventing problems.

  1. Lavender – This natural essential oil has powerful insect repellent properties that makes it a good choice for use in the home. However, pets don’t tolerate it as well as some other oils so it’s best used in a spray bottle applied to areas of the home, or used moderately on your pets.
  1. Lemongrass – Easily one of the best choices for flea prevention, lemongrass is also effective against ticks. It’s a great choice for use in any method possible for fighting pests.
  1. Citronella – It’s no secret that citronella is effective against mosquitoes, but it’s also a great essential oil to use when you’re trying to fight against fleas and ticks.

How to use Essential Oils to Stop Fleas and Ticks

Combine these treatments with the right essential oils and you have a solution to fleas and ticks that you and your pets can both love.

  • Mix 15 drops of an essential oil with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil and then add to a cotton collar. This lets you make your own natural flea and tick collar. Just be sure to dilute the oil with a carrier oil first.
  • Add 15 to 20 drops to a spray bottle of water and shake well. This creates a spray that is perfect for use on pets as well as on the home.
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to shampoo that you’ll be using to bathe your pets.

What is the Best Way to Prevent Fleas and Ticks?

The best way to stop fleas and ticks is to use a Nebulizing Diffuser® and prevent them before they become a problem. A nebulizer is strong and powerful releasing pure essential oils creating an unwelcome environment for fleas and ticks.

 

 

Natural pest control is something that’s well worth thinking about, and that can have a big impact on the health of your pets, yourself, and your home. Keep the above points in mind, and you’ll be on your way to a flea and tick free life.

 

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22 Responses

Lynn Kelley-Cooper
Lynn Kelley-Cooper

October 04, 2017

Beware! There are NO essential oils that are safe for cats!. Even diffusing can kill a cat and has. Their livers cannot metabolize essential oils like dogs and humans. Many oils are also not tolerated by dogs as mentioned in the article. 15 drops on a collar is far too much! 1-2 drops is safer. Do your homework. Find out from an animal aromatherapist what oils dogs can handle and use dilutions recommended by them. I highly recommend “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” by Kristen Leigh Bell or find a reputable website.

Betsy Barnes
Betsy Barnes

September 25, 2017

Wow, this is really great! My sister would be very interested in this article!

Jennifer
Jennifer

September 24, 2017

This is perfect! My poor cat has suffered enough from these unending fleas!

Sandie
Sandie

September 24, 2017

Thank you for this helpful and interesting article! Very good information that I’ll be putting to use.

Trish
Trish

September 23, 2017

Love this article. It is just what I was looking for to pass on to a friend that is fighting a flee problem!

Vivi
Vivi

September 22, 2017

It seems great! I could use one.

Nicole Macasaet
Nicole Macasaet

September 22, 2017

This is so useful for our fur-babies! Can’t wait to own one :)

Trish F
Trish F

September 22, 2017

I’ve made my own tick and mosquito sprays and they work beautifully. When it comes to the pets, I would use essential oils any day over the poisonous alternatives. Thanks for a great article.

foivos
foivos

September 21, 2017

Looks interesting, I will try it!

Dawn
Dawn

September 21, 2017

Good to know as I have loved ones who have had lymes disease. Scary stuff.

Ginger
Ginger

September 21, 2017

These are great ideas! I need to share with my sister- they live in the middle of nowhere and have a problem with fleas and ticks!

Lynne B
Lynne B

September 21, 2017

Thanks for giving us another great way to use essential oils!

Mjm
Mjm

September 21, 2017

Great info. Thank you

Alina
Alina

September 21, 2017

Nie wiedziałam, że trawa cytrynowa ma takie właściwości. Pomocne wiadomości. Ale z olejkami i kotami trzeba uważać z tego co mi wiadomo.

Irena Matković
Irena Matković

September 20, 2017

Thank you for this article! Love it

Myra Jill
Myra Jill

September 20, 2017

That’s great news for those who have furbabies. I love the 3 oils mentioned. They really have a wide range of uses.

Rosie A
Rosie A

September 20, 2017

How interesting! I had no idea there were essentials oils that could do this!

April H
April H

September 20, 2017

Natural is always the way to go! Our precious pets are just as sensitive to environmental palutants and or skin irritants as our charished little ones can be, so any time I can do something to keep their care natural it is always my fist choice!

Scotty
Scotty

September 20, 2017

I’m always worried about flea meds we use. Will have to give this a try.

joni
joni

September 19, 2017

Good to know. I have two cats, and this is a much better option than chemicals.

Jeanne Coulombe
Jeanne Coulombe

September 19, 2017

Wow I had no idea you can use it on pets and fleas Thank you for the info will be trying it iut.

sheila ressel
sheila ressel

September 19, 2017

I have cats. Would these oils be safe to use on them or dogs only?

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