7. Neem (Indian Lilac)
Neem, also known as Indian lilac, is another natural ingredient that can help control a flea infestation in your house as well as on your dogs. Felines are sensitive to neem, so do not use it on your cats.
It is the odor of neem that helps repel unwanted pests. Both the leaf and oil of neem can be used.
- Put a handful of neem leaves in 4 cups of hot water. Let it sit overnight. The next morning, grind the leaves in the water. Strain it by first pouring the mixture through a cheese cloth and then through a filter paper. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on your dogs. You can also spray it on bedding and floor. Repeat often.
- Another option is to mix 12 drops of therapeutic grade neem oil in a small 1-ounce spray bottle. Spray this solution as mentioned above. You can also soak your dog’s collar in this solution for several hours, allow it to dry and then put it on your dog.
- Dilute neem oil with water or almond oil in a ratio of 1:10. Place the solution on your palms and gently rub it through your dog’s fur.
- You can also add a little bit of neem oil into pet shampoo (½ ounce neem oil per 8 ounces of shampoo) and use it to bathe your dogs.
Rosemary works as a natural flea treatment. Fleas are not fond of rosemary.
- Add 2 cups of fresh rosemary sprigs to a large pan of water.
- Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Strain the liquid and discard the leaves.
- Mix the solution into 1 gallon of warm water and allow it to cool down a bit.
- Saturate your dogs with this water and allow them to air dry.
- Repeat again, if necessary.
Grow rosemary in your garden to keep fleas out your garden and house. Just like rosemary, you can use lavender to fight a flea infestation.
Note: Rosemary treatment is not suitable for cats.