If you have a dog, fleas are probably your worst nightmare. Commercial flea treatments are loaded with dangerous chemicals which may cause various adverse effects.
Actually, these products are the second most common cause of poisoning in dogs and can cause various adverse effects, including skin irritations, seizures, and even death.
Consequently, dog owners have started to search natural solutions to the problem of fleas. The following recipe is one of the favorite ones of holistic vets, as it provides amazing effects:
- 1 cup of food grade diatomaceous earth
- 1/2 cup of yarrow powder
- 1/2 cup of Neem powder
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
You should mix all ingredients and store the mixture in a container with a shaker top.
You should apply the powder to the fur of your dog while dry, and brush it in order to help it come into contact with the skin. Yet, make sure you avoid the areas of the nose and eyes.
You should apply the powder every other day in case of an active flea infestation until you completely remove fleas. You should also apply powder on places where your dog spends most of its time, like its bed or carpet. Leave the powder to act for a few hours, and then vacuum it up.
You should also apply this powder one a month during flea season, to avoid such issues.
The efficacy of this powder is due to the properties of its ingredients.
It is made up of the silica from fossilized aquatic organisms, and the silica grains are harmful to insects but harmless to you and your pet. As soon as insects come to contact with it, it dehydrates their skin and punctures them.
The bites of fleas can easily become infected and thus cause even bigger issues. As an anti-inflammatory substance, yarrow powder prevents these issues and soothes irritations.
It has long been used to repel ticks, lice, fleas, and other pests. It has azadirachtin, which prevents the development of insect larvae, and thus inhibiting new generations.
Neem powder also contains salannin, which has been proven to provide great effects in repelling pests, even better than DEET.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The effectiveness of this oil has been confirmed by the CDC, and experts have shown that it is as successful as chemical DEET. Furthermore, this oil has potent antiseptic properties which will accelerate hеaling after the bites.
The following video will provide additional information on natural flea remedies, so you should watch it carefully!