The problem with most commercially available flea and tick treatments is that they are diagnosed to treat pests temporarily. They do this by killing fleas on your pet for a few days, not by repelling fleas in the first place. The pharmaceutical companies that make popular flea treatments such as K9 Advantix and Frontline have no interest in eliminating fleas when they can instead sell pet owners flea treatments for $200/year. There are dozens of organic methods to get rid of fleas, and today I’ll discuss repelling fleas with lavendar.
Lavendar is most commonly used as a therapeutic scent, such as in candles, soaps and potpourris. What most people don’t know is that insects hate the scent of lavendar. Many flea soaps include lavendar for this reason, but they are typically too weak to be of much use. For the past week, I have used the pictured lavendar oil (I bought a 1oz container for $10 at GNC) on both dogs. Don’t be surprised by the small container, a small amount goes a long way.
To start, I simply mixed around 5 drops of lavendar oil with around a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Once the lavendar blends with the oil, simply rub it on your dog. The more coverage, the better, because the smell is what repels fleas. I repeated this process two times the first day, and have since applied every other day. Initially I noticed my Corgi Mix chewing on her arms more than normal, the fleas had migrated away from her lavendar scented underside to her less fragrant paws. Easy solution: more lavendar on her legs.
At the rate so far, I anticipate a $10 bottle to last 2 months. The price is marginally lower than Frontline, but so far lavendar is proving to be more effective and likely safer than commercially available chemicals.
It is not recommended to use lavendar oil on cats. Oils can negatively affect cat’s livers and interfere with hormone production.