Natural flea repellent

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Making your own Natural flea repellent is a great way to combat South Florida’s flea and tick infestation. Without winter to kill off the fleas and ticks it becomes an ongoing battle.

Many of my clients have concerns about using chemical flea and tick preventatives such as frontline on their pets.  Below is a recipe for a natural flea repellent for your pets and your family.

Natural flea repellent for your dog:

Add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur  which is another natural tick repellent.

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. If your dog is going to be outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

Natural flea repellent for your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil has a calm soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

I have also used a great product for fleas and ticks from cedarcide. It is a natural cedar spray that can be used on people or pets.

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