Natural Flea & Tick Remedy

Repelling and getting rid of fleas and ticks often requires the use of chemical-based products. While these pesticides are effective they expose you, your family and your pets to potentially irritating chemicals. A safer alternative is to make a natural flea and tick remedy. Supplies found around the home help you create chemical-free tick and flea repellents and killers. These natural solutions can be used to get rid of pests in your home, or on your pet, and repel them from bothering you.

Excessive scratching may indicate that your dog has fleas.
Rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball causes the tick to loosen its grasp.

Get rid of ticks promptly by soaking a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and applying it to the tick attached to you, your family member or pet. Grasp the tick by the body, using the cotton ball, and pull it straight out. Flush the tick down the toilet to discard.

Step 2

Vacuum all surfaces such as upholstery, carpeting, pet bedding and drapes to remove ticks, fleas, eggs and larvae. Sprinkle these surfaces with diatomaceous earth to kill the insects. This natural powder is safe to use around your family and pets but effectively kills insects within a few days by causing them to dehydrate.

Step 3

Shampoo your pet to kill and remove fleas. After rinsing the shampoo off, pour apple cider vinegar over your pet's fur to naturally repel fleas from returning.

Carry natural protection from fleas and ticks when you're outdoors.

Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your dog's collar to keep fleas away. Fill a spray bottle with water and add 20 drops lavender essential oil. Spray yourself before going outdoors, especially in wooded areas where ticks are prevalent, to repel fleas and ticks.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.