How do I Use Oranges to Get Rid of Fleas?

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How do I Use Oranges to Get Rid of Fleas?
Orange oil contains a compound that repels fleas. (orange image by Franco DI MEO from

If you are trying to go green at home, you might need to use a little orange. In addition to being a healthy snack, oranges can help you get rid of pest insects like fleas.

Home Use

Orange oil contains a compound called d-limonene. This compound repels and kills insects, including fleas. If you mix 59.1ml of orange oil with a gallon of water, you can spray the resulting mixture around the foundation of your home to create a barrier against fleas.


Orange oil also can get rid of fleas on dogs. Create an even more dilute mixture, then bathe your dog in it or gently spray it down with a mist of the orange oil solution. Placing a drop of orange oil on your dog's collar can help repel fleas, according to "The Whole Dog Journal."


Concentrated orange oil acts as a solvent powerful enough to melt plastic, so be cautious using it on pets and plants. Cats are more sensitive to the effects of orange oils than dogs, so do not use them on a cat, according to "Dear Dirt Doctor."

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