Tomy – my dog, never likes to stay idle. He simply keeps wandering around our home, playing around the bush and running behind the butterflies. But when he comes back home, he starts scratching and itching, which made me buy diy dog spray for flea and tick. Each time, I come with the spray bottle, he runs away from me and hides under the table or bed because Tomy was fearful of being sprayed at.
When I noticed his skin being rashed due to insect allergies, I bought a flea and tick spray from the market, which was quite popular. Unfortunately, Tomy didn't like the spray at all and he used to mess up with me for this reason. But later on, I realized that these dog flea sprays were not actually working for him, rather it was showing side effects. May be not for all dogs, but for Tomy. I shared this with my veterinarian and he said Tomy was having a very sensitive skin and that not all medications can prove good for him.
Also, I read in one article of Peta website that many of the flea and tick sprays you get from the store contain highly toxic ingredients in them. These ingredients are not only toxic to our pets, but if brushed off onto our human family members they can put our health on risk. Dude am not joking, seriously, and the most at risk are children as they are highly susceptible to the amount of toxic ingredients in these flea collars and sprays.
Flea control by natural means – is it possible?
Yes, if you work frequently to cut down the flea population within your home and yard, definitely you can control fleas. There are many natural ways to control pest, tick and flea. Here are some of them
Apple cider vinegar - DIY dog spray
Vinegar alone itself creates wonders to get rid of mosquitoes, but apple cider vinegar is more than just a repellent. Its a natural conditioner to the hair and skin. Spraying apple cider vinegar regularly adds shine and luster to the coat. To enjoy the benefits of apple cider vinegar, follow these instructions:
- Steep apple cider vinegar in rosemary, neem leaf, lavender or other bug repelling herbs for 2 weeks, without forgetting to shake the jar daily.
- Strain herbs from the apple cider vinegar and spray on his/her coat.
- Allow to dry and do not rinse.
This solution is great on people and around children as well.
A flea collar is a great way to get rid of fleas without having to constantly use flea sprays. It keeps control of fleas on a steady basis.
Things you need
- a standard dog collar
- 2 tbsp almond oil
- 2 drops of flea repelling essential oils. (you can include rosemary, clove, cinnamon, peppermint and cedar wood – 2 drops of any of these. Eg: if you are using combinations of rosemary and cinnamon, use 1 drop of rosemary and 1 drop of cinnamon).
- Mix the oils together and apply them to the collar
- Allow them to dry before placing on your pet
Flea collars will repel fleas throughout the warmer months. All you need to do is re-apply the oils once its effectiveness starts to wear off. Do not apply essential oils to the collar neat as they could accidentally transfer to your dogs skin and cause skin irritation.
There are many essential oils that help to repel fleas and ticks from your home and backyard. Instead of going for dog flea sprays that you get from the store, substitute essential oils into your dog's homemade flea and tick spray. Make sure you have a clear idea of how much amount of essential oils should be used as they have sensitive noses and smaller organs than we do. Some of these essential oils include lavender, bergamot, peppermint, lemon, sage/clary sage, cedarwood, eucalyptus, sweet orange, geranium and rosemary.
DIY dog Flea spray
This diy dog spray really worked well for my Tomy. All you need is apple cider vinegar, lavender or chamomile essential oil and water.
- Get a small spray bottle filled with water
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Add 3-4 drops essential oil
- Close and shake vigorously to mix well
- Store in a cool and dark cupboard for use.
How to apply this DIY dog spray
Rub the mixture at the neck and ears, body, tail, underbelly and overall coat, leaving sensitive areas like mouth, eyes and nose and let it dry.
For dogs with light coats, replace apple cider vinegar with distilled white vinegar, if you find the apple cider vinegar staining white coats.
Herbs are a great choice to control fleas and mosquitoes. Simply collect the bug repelling herbs, steep them until the water is cool and spray all over your dog. Let air dry without rinsing. You can also steep some coconut or olive oil in these herbs just like you would for healing salves and rub this herbal oil behind the ears and on the pressure points. Herbs for controlling mosquitoes and fleas include eucalyptus leaf, peppermint, clove (not clove essential oil), citrus (oranges/lemons), garlic, rosemary, neem leaf, lavender and lemongrass.
Essential oils you should avoid for your dogs:
Not every essential oils can repel fleas and bugs. There are some essential oils that you need to avoid using on your dogs. This includes:
Anise, birch, bitter almond, boldo, calamus, camphor, cassia, clove leaf and bud, crested lavender, goosefoot, horseradish, hyssop, juniper, mugwort, mustard, oregano, pennyroyal, thyme, rue, santalina, sassafras, savory, tansy, terebinth, thuja, wintergreen, wormwood and yarrow.
Natural DIY dog spray - Get Rid Of Flea & Tick
- 4 table spoon raw apple cider vinegar
- Aloe Vera gel - 2 tbsp
- One table spoon sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 4 drops calry sage essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- distilled water to fill
- 8 ox spray bottle
How to apply DIY dog spray
- Combine all ingredients in an 8.oz spray bottle and store in a cool dark place.
- Shake well before each use
- Lightly spray on dog's entire coat until damp. Repeat it if necessary.
- Do not spray on his face, eyes or nose.