Pesticides have been linked to a host of adverse health effects. And using pesticides on your pets can result in the transfer of those pesticides to your kids, especially if they don’t wash their hands after playing. But, nobody wants pests in the home either. So, many pet owners are looking for non toxic solutions for control of pests such as fleas.
One solution is to use essential oils to control fleas on dogs. Certain essential oils repel fleas, such as citronella, cedar, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sweet orange, and lavender. However, you should never apply essential oils directly to a pet’s coat as it can cause skin irritation or allergic type reactions. So, you can place essential oils in a spray bottle or mister with distilled water or add essential oils to baking soda and sprinkle on the dog. The same mixtures can also be used with your dog’s bedding.
For misting, add 10 to 20 drops to 2 cups distilled water and spray. This works particularly well if sprayed on the legs and belly before going in an area known to have flease. And here’s how to make the baking soda mixture to control fleas: