5 Ways to Combat Fleas Naturally

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Would you believe that you can combat fleas naturally and prevent infestation using only 8 non-toxic ingredients?

Would you believe that you can combat fleas naturally and prevent infestation using only 8 non-toxic ingredients?

In the old days, people would stuff pine needles under their beds and around their homes because it's a natural flea repellent, and acidic elements like lemon and apple cider vinegar are also known to effectively dissuade pests from people and places.

Diatomaceous earth has many pest-related applications and can be used to treat infestations of bed bugs, parasites, fleas, ticks and destructive garden insects. It's a good all-around ingredient to keep handy that's definitely safe for pets.

See? It's not so hard after all!

How to Combat Fleas Naturally

1. Diatomaceous earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic remedy we frequently recommend. It's a fine, talc-like powder made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms whose skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. These tiny little skeletons are jagged like broken glass and very sharp to small bugs like fleas, and they make microscopic fractures in the pest's exoskeleton as it crawls around on the diatoms which eventually causes the bug to dry out and die.

Just pour a good amount of DE up and down your pet's back and spread it around until it gets beneath the fur and onto the skin. It's also good to apply it to the chest and legs whenever possible.

This is how we use it on our pets.

Be sure to go outside to apply since the consistency of diatomaceous earth is like baby powder and goes EVERYWHERE when used. And although it's completely harmless to our skin, it's not good to breathe in a bunch of this stuff because of it's sharp nature and the delicacy of our lung tissue, so try and keep most of it out of your nose and your pet's nose.

2. Flea Collar


  • Any collar, bandana or strip of cloth
  • 4 Tbls water
  • 5 drops organic lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops organic pine essential oil
  • 5 drops organic lemon essential oil


  1. Combine water and essential oils, and allow the fabric to soak up the liquid.
  2. Let dry and secure around your dog's neck as usual.
  3. Use until scent fades, and repeat as necessary.

3. Flea Spray


  • Spray bottle
  • 12oz water
  • 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 5 drops organic lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops organic pine essential oil
  • 5 drops organic lemon essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 16oz or larger spray bottle, and shake to mix.
  2. Apply to your dog's coat at least once daily making sure to avoid the eyes, ears and nose.

Can also be used on pet bedding.

4. Flea Bath


  • 12oz water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup organic castile soap
  • 5 drops organic lavender essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass or plastic container with lid, and swirl gently to mix.
  2. Bathe your dog weekly.

5. Flea Comb


  • Pet comb or brush
  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 5 drops organic pine essential oil


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add lemon slices and essential oils.
  2. Remove from heat and cover. Let steep for several hours or overnight.
  3. Dip comb or brush into the cooled liquid and comb into your dog's hair making sure it reaches the skin.
  4. Let dry and repeat as needed.

You can also substitute many other essential oils like cedar, rosemary, orange, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon and clove. All of them can be used as insect repellents, so just throw together whatever you've got.

NOTE: Cats are more sensitive to essential oils, so it's important to use only a select few for our feline friends. Lavender, pine, rosemary, and frankincense are all acceptable choices.

  1. Thanks, I could use this! Is it safe for cats? I’ve heard that you shouldn’t use essential oils with cats, but I’m not an expert on them.

    1. You’re right, Gina. Cats are definitely more sensitive to essential oils than dogs are, so we included a note at the very bottom of the article listing several oils that are safe for cats 🙂 ~Laura

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