Ten female fleas can lay up to 250,000 eggs in two months. If you have a flea problem at home, you must take fast action before things get out of control. Lemon is one natural flea control remedy. Use it alone or in conjunction with other flea-fighting compounds. Treat your animal, yourself and your furnishings to kill fleas.
A lemon rinse helps curb flea populations on your dog and is all natural. To make the lemon rinse, cut four lemons into sections and place the lemons in a pot. Cover them with water, bring the pot to a boil and boil for 45 minutes to extract the lemon flavour. Strain the lemon rinse and let it cool to room temperature, then wet your dog with the lemon rinse. Comb the wet dog so the lemon solution comes into contact with its skin.
Lemon peel tea
Lemon peel tea or another type of citrus peel tea makes a quick at-home flea remedy for a flea rinse. To prepare the flea rinse, bring water to a boil and steep 1 tea bag per 237 ml (1 cup) of hot water. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Apply the rinse following the technique for the Lemon Rinse above.
When used in combination with eucalyptus oil, lemon oil becomes an effective pest control. Not only does it kill fleas, but also it can repel mosquitoes from humans, notes Michael W. Fox, author of "Dog Body, Dog Mind: Exploring Canine Consciousness and Total Well-Being." To make a lemon-oil flea spray, combine a few drops each of eucalyptus and lemon essential oil with 237 ml (1 cup) of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz your pet to deter fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other insect pests.
Lemon power alone isn't enough to kill all fleas, thanks to their vast rate of reproduction. You will need to wash all pet and personal bedding, pillows, blankets and other fabrics to kill flea eggs. Vacuum or steam clean carpets and wash hardwood floors. Other natural compounds that provide effective flea control include mint, lavender, wormwood, fennel and pennyroyal, notes Robin Elaine Stewart in her book ""Robin Stewart's Chemical-Free Home."