How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally and Effectively

Fleas, cockroaches, and all other bugs and insects can be a real pain in your house and getting rid of them are painful, irritating and bothersome. For those who do not like chemicals and toxins, getting rid of fleas can sometimes be even harder than usual. There are several natural ways how to get rid of fleas, and all of them are as effective as they come. Some of them, however, can always pose risk, especially for your pets and little children. Therefore, use them with caution.


Home Remedies for Getting rid of Fleas


Some people prefer the chemical products for getting rid of fleas of their pets, others prefer not to use chemicals on their beloved dogs and cats. For the latter, home remedies are the way to go, and we’ve got several for you.


Flea Trap


The easiest and simplest way to catch fleas is by placing a trap within your home. While washing your pet will get the fleas out of his body, a trap will get the fleas completely out of your house. You’ll need:


  • tea candles


  • warm water


  • dishwashing liquid


  • bowls or dinner plates


How to do it:


Place either a dinner plate or a bowl in each of the rooms in your house. The best position is in the middle of the room. Fill the bowls with warm water, and then add the dishwashing liquid to the mixture. Don’t be cheap on the liquid. Place a candle in the middle of the bowl/plate.


For those using a bowl, you can place the candle near the bowl. Light up the candles, and go to bed. Fleas are attracted to light, and as they jump towards the candles, they will get stuck in the liquid soap. In the morning, dispose of the traps. Just make sure to be cautious during the night so your house doesn’t get on fire. If you are afraid to use candles, use night light for the trap.


Flea Spray


A herbal spray is a nice home remedy for getting rid of fleas, and you do not need many ingredients. And the best part is, herbal sprays are safe for your pets, unlike chemicals. The ingredients include:


  • 4 litres of vinegar


  • 2 litres of water


  • 500ml lemon juice


  • 250ml witch hazel


  • fresh vacuum bag


  • a garden sprayer that can hold at least 6 litres


How to do it:


Collect all your carpets, rugs, and beddings that cannot be vacuumed, and wash them in the washer at the hottest setting. Vacuum your house properly, vacuuming corners, cervices and upholstery.


Once you are done with vacuuming, mix the vinegar, lemon juice, witch hazel and water. Spray your furniture, carpets, window sills, floors, pet beddings and every corner of the house. You can spray for 2 to 5 days, depending on flea infestation.


Pet Spray


The previous spray is designed for the furniture, carpets and other parts of your house. But you also need a spray for your pet. For this spray, you’ll need:


  • 7 cups of apple cider vinegar


  • spray bottle


  • water


How to do it:


You can use only ACV, or you can dilute it with water. Put the ingredients in a spray bottle, and then apply to your pet’s coat. Let it stay there for five minutes, and then wash it with a mild shampoo.


Homemade Flea Shampoo


Washing your pet is one of the many ways how to get rid of fleas. For this simple remedy, you’ll need:


  • 1 tablespoon of castile soap


  • 10 drops of essential oils


  • 12 ounces of water


  • squirt bottle


How to do it:


Mix all the ingredients in the bottle, shake it and you are ready to go. Make sure to leave the lather on when you are shampooing your pet. While you are washing your pet, avoid the eyes.


Rosemary Flea Spray


There are several alternatives to flea spray, and lemons and vinegar is just one option. For this flea spray, you’ll need:


  • rosemary leaves


  • 6 slices of lemons


  • 1 litre boiling water


  • essential oil, geranium preferred


  • spraying bottle


How to do it:


Start by placing the lemon slices into a large bowl. Chop the rosemary leaves, and add them to the mixture. Now, boil the water, and then pour it into the bowl with lemons and rosemary. Add few drops of geranium oil. Let it stay overnight, and in the morning, strain the water and fill the sprayer with the solution. Your spray is ready to use for your furniture, pet’s bedding, upholstery and everywhere else.