Natural Home Remedies To Treat Flea Infestations

A flea infestation in the home is more than just a nuisance;  it poses a serious threat to the health of family members and pets. By biting into their host, fleas are capable of transmitting a variety of diseases, some of which are life-threatening. Allowing a an infestation to continue in your home will only make the problem progressively worse, which is why it’s important for homeowners to treat them in a timely manner.

#1) Garlic


Bulb of garlic: photo by lowjumpingfrog.

Yep, garlic is old home remedy used to treat flea infestations. It’s unknown how exactly it works, but these blood-sucking parasites hate garlic and will do everything they can do it avoid it. You can sprinkle garlic powder in problem areas throughout your home, or you can consume more of it in your daily diet to prevent bites

Note: while garlic is an effective home remedy used to treat infestations, it’s also toxic to dogs and cats. If you have small pets living in your home, DO NOT use garlic.

apple-cider-vinegar-01Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another highly effective home remedy used to treat flea infestations. If fleas are a problem in your home that you can seem to get under control, try spraying some organic (unfiltered kind) throughout your home. BRAGG makes one of the best organic apple cider vinegar varieties.

To use it, fill up a spray bottle with half organic apple cider vinegar and half water. Shake it up so the consistency is even and spray it on your carpet, rugs and other problem areas. The diluted vinegar will kill fleas on contact while discouraging them from returning. For maximum effect, try to get into the habit of spot-treating your home at least once a week. Don’t worry about the vinegar’s pungent odor, as it dissipates in a matter of minutes once exposed to air.

#3 Oils


Essential oils: photo by shalommama.

Peppermint, lavender, lemongrass and spearmint oils are yet another home remedy for treating flea infestations. You can purchase these oils either in store or online. And for the price, they offer a quick and inexpensive way to treat a flea infestations.

So, how do you use these oils to treat flea infestations? The easiest way is to spray it directly onto problematic areas. If you frequently notice fleas on your dog’s bed, try spraying it with one of the previously mentioned oils.