Seeing fleas and ticks on your pets can really get on your nerves and harm not just them, but also you and your family!
Tick and flea bites are also possible in homes and they can be really uncomfortable. This being said, we need to protect our dogs and cats the right way.
Store-bought repellents aren’t a good option because of the pesticides and toxins they contain. The most common pesticides in veterinary products are isoxazolines. Unfortunately, this toxin messes with the nervous system of the insects, not with the mammals.
But, still, it has been linked with neurologic reactions like ataxia, muscle tremors, etc.
The good news is that you can remove fleas and ticks from pets all-naturally. Below, check out the best ways!
How to Remove Fleas & Ticks Naturally
- Remove their breeding ground
The ticks and fleas come from outside and they usually live in tall grass and places with high heat and moisture. This is why it’s important to trim your grass regularly.
- Use a flea comb
Flea combs are inexpensive, yet a great tool to use and take out fleas, eggs, and ticks from the pet’s fur. You can find them online or in pet stores nearby.
- Make your own natural flea and tick powder
Without having to spend a small fortune, you can make your own homemade flea and tick powder. It’s intended for topical application and it will kill ticks, fleas, and other biting insects.
And, unlike the internal use ones, it doesn’t enter the blood of your precious pet!
Below, learn how to make your own, potent flea and tick powder.
Homemade Flea & Tick Powder
Food-safe diatomaceous earth
Peppermint essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
How to make it:
Combine three equal parts of arrowroot powder, neem powder, and DE. Now, add 30 drops of each essential oil and mix them well.
How to apply it to your pet?
Always do it outside. Don’t use it near the dog’s face or eyes because of possible irritation. Pump or sprinkle it onto the body and then use the hands to massage the powder well into its fur.
Repeat when necessary.
The fine dusting will stay on its outer coat.
The Benefits of the Ingredients
DE is a non-toxic powder made of crushed fossils of freshwater and marine organisms. It can kill fleas and ticks by piercing their structures and this makes them dehydrate and die.
On the other hand, it’s not harmful to humans and animals.
Neem powder is a natural repellent that you can use topically to repel and destroy biting insects like fleas and mosquitoes.
Essential oils like citronella and peppermint are known for their insect-repellent properties.