Homemade flea & tick killer

Updated February 21, 2017

Ticks and fleas are common in pet households, especially those with indoor/outdoor pets. While you can apply chemical treatments to your home and pet, these can be expensive, and sometimes ineffective. You can easily make a homemade flea and tick killer that will quickly kill and repel these annoyances.

Flea and Tick Repellent

Separate ingredients are required to ward off ticks and fleas, but you can mix all of them into one general spray that will repel both simultaneously. Bring three cups of water to a boil. In a separate container, mix one teaspoon of vodka and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Next, add two drops each of eucalyptus, lavender and opponax essential oils. Then, add two drops each of cedarwood, lemon grass, rose geranium, marjoram, and rosemary oils. Add in two drops of lemon juice, followed by one cup of dried peppermint for scent. Mix these all together, pour into the boiling water mixture and remove from heat. Let the mixture cool, then strain and pour into a spray bottle. This is a safe, effective spray that you can spray on and rub into your pet's coat. Keep away from your pet's nose, eyes and genitals, as these are sensitive areas that could become irritated.

Kill Fleas on Contact

Pour two cups of warm water into a dish, and add in 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and six drops of liquid dish detergent. Mix, and shampoo into dry pet hair. Work into a thick lather, then rinse thoroughly. This will kill all fleas on contact.

Ticks and Fleas on Dogs

As these problems most often arise with dogs, adding two ingredients to dog food two to three times per week will emit a light odour that repels ticks and fleas. Mix one teaspoon of brewer's yeast and one teaspoon of garlic powder into your dog's food dish. Not only do these ingredients promote a glossy coat, but it makes dog blood unattractive to ticks and fleas, as well as other small pests such as ear mites.

Around the House

You can kill fleas and ticks around the house naturally by pouring salt over the carpets and floors. This dehydrates the fleas, which will kill them quickly. To speed up the process, sit bowls of water around the house on the floors, and add about ten drops of liquid dish detergent to each bowl. When the pests jump into the bowl, the dish detergent will work as a greasing agent, preventing them from escape. The easiest way to do this is to remove pets and people from the house, sprinkle salt over all floors, set up the water bowls and leave the home for a few hours. This way the fleas and ticks will have no host to attach to.

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