Who says you need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive name-brand products to keep fleas away from your pets and out of your home? Products like FrontLine Plus, Advantage, and Advantix are all highly effective at eliminating fleas and breaking their life cycle, but they are also quite expensive. At $50 for a pack (usually 3-months worth), preventing fleas from terrorizing your pets can be expensive.
If you’re looking to save money, you should try some of the following all-natural flea-fighting oils. Most people assume the best approach to treating a flea infestation is to purchase the high-dollar medicine, but in reality these oils are just as effective, if not more effective, than products like FrontLine Plus.
While most people use it to polish furniture and hardwood surfaces, cedar oil doubled as a powerful flea-fighting product. Cedar oil is derived from the foliage and roots of cedar trees, offering a unique blend of chemicals that deters fleas. Diluting cedar oil in water and spraying it throughout your house is a simple and effective way to eliminate the existing flea population and deter future fleas from residing in your house.
Note: high concentrations of cedar oil may cause toxicosis in cats and other small pets. If you own pets, check with your veterinarian before using it in your home.
Another powerful all-natural flea-fighting oil is lavender oil. Made from the extracted liquid of lavender plants, this delightfully fragrant oil is also known to deter fleas. Lavender oil creates a nostalgic sense of spring flowers, which is one of the many reasons why people use it inside their homes. But as a side bonus, it’s also a powerful flea-fighting oil.
Again, you’ll want to dilute lavender oil before using it inside your home. 5 parts water and 1 part lavender oil is more than enough to keep these blood-sucking parasites at bay.
Last but not least on our list of flea-fighting oils is peppermint oil. Peppermint oil contains strong natural chemicals and compounds that fights fleas and other pests — not to mention it’s equally as fragrant as lavender oil. Spray some diluted peppermint oil in areas of high flea activity throughout your home. Within 24-48 hours, you should see a noticeable improvement in the flea population. Proceed with a second and third application if needed.
Have you tried any of the oils listed above? Let us know how they worked in the comments section below!