Homemade Flea Treatment - Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas

Do you wish to carry out your own homemade flea treatment?

People all over the country are finding that homemade flea shampoos can be a good alternative to the harsh chemicals that are often found in over-the-counter products.

While rare, extreme cases can include shortened lifespan or even some terminal illnesses. Some more common side effects of chemical reaction to store bought flea shampoo might include vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures and respiratory problems.

One popular homemade flea treatment shampoo that is inexpensive to make but healthy for your pet has soapwort root as a main ingredient. This organic ingredient is gathered from the inner bark of the tree and forms a great lather. It is also rich in an agent known as saponins which acts as a mild cleanser for your pet as well as having some healing properties.

This shampoo is made by bringing two cups of water - preferably distilled, to a boil and then adding one and a half teaspoons of the soapwort root. Reduce the heat at this time and cover, creating an environment for the mixture to steam as it simmers for about fifteen minutes. Fragrance can be added once the mixture has cooled off - roughly six drops per every two ounces of shampoo.

Essential oils are popular choices for homemade flea treatment, too. They are natural and in most cases very gentle for your pet's skin - even if it has been irritated. They also are known for their ability to form environments on the skin that are unfavorable for fleas. Try fragrances such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint or lemon, and mix well.

The shampoo can be used immediately, but shake before each use as the oils will separate from the cleanser. Use as any other shampoo, wetting your pet with warm water first and lathering throughout the fur. Be sure to get the shampoo worked into the skin as well as the fur, and allow it to set several minutes before thoroughly rinsing. Repeat this homemade flea treatment weekly until fleas are no longer a problem.

Store the homemade flea shampoo in any air tight container in the refrigerator as it is an organic product that will only last approximately ten days. Do not limit yourself to this one recipe. Do some research as there are some good recipes to be found, especially online.

An old trick for homemade flea treatment that works well is to get a lamp and set it over a shallow baking pan half filled with soapy water on the floor of an infested room. Use regular dish soap and leave the light on overnight. As the fleas jump at the source of warmth and light, they will fall into the liquid and will be unable to get out before perishing.

In the yard, SEVIN dust sprinkled and raked into the grass or dirt will help keep fleas at bay for quite a while before a repeat treatment is necessary.

Do not forget diet changes to repel fleas. Though people do not realize it, food plays an important part of the condition of the skin - whether it is animal or human.

When considering homemade flea treatment options, you might consider repellants such as eucalyptus leaves. They are easily available and you need only sprinkle them in places like cracks or corners.

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