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Why expose your dog to Diazinon, Organophosphates and Permethrin; all pesticides found in commercial flea sprays and collars, when you can achieve the same end result using natural ingredients? Eco friendly flea sprays and collars aren’t difficult to make. Maryruth Belsey Priebe of EcoLife.com offers these simple recipes for homemade flea treatments that are easy and inexpensive.
- Homemade flea collars: Make your own flea collar by taking an average collar and adding some drops of essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of almond. Some great flea-repelling essential oil options include cinnamon, rosemary, wormwood, clove, peppermint, pennyroyal (don’t use this if your pet or human in the home are pregnant), and cedar wood.
- Homemade Flea sprays using essential oils: Mix 10-15 drops of your favorite oil (essential oil or neem oil) with 1-2 ounces of mild, organic soap and water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray your pet periodically throughout the day during a flea outbreak.
- Herbal flea powder: Crush together dry herbs including rosemary, fennel, yellow dock, wormwood, and eucalyptus in equal portions and then apply to your dog’s fur as you would conventional flea powders.
Maryruth Belsey Priebe offers four more eco friendly solutions for flea control as well as great information on what to look for in natural flea control and treatments if you prefer to buy, rather than make, eco friendly flea sprays and collars. It makes tons of sense to listen to Maryruth because, as she points out when writing about commercial flea prevention products, some of the commercial products are on a list called ““Dirty Dozen” that’s published by the Cancer Prevention Coalition. You don’t knowingly want to expose your puppy to these potentially dangerous chemicals, do you?