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Safe and effective! Yep, our top home remedies for fleas will restore sanity to you and your dog!

But before we jump into these remedies, I want to tell you why you don’t want fleas to be an issue, ever!

Once fleas are in your house and on your dog, you’ve got a whole lot of crappy work ahead of you. This includes …

  • Weekly flea baths for your dog
  • Washing every bit of fabric in your house
  • Vacuuming everything. Several times over, in fact, to make sure the infestation is completely gone.

Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

If you suspect your dog might have fleas despite your best efforts, here’s how to find out:

  • Stand your dog on moistened paper towels or a damp white bath towel.
  • Brush her.
  • If little specks of dirt fall onto the towels and turn red or brown, your dog has fleas.

When Fleas Attack: Best Home Remedies For Fleas

  1. During an active flea attack, wash your dog. Use citrus Castile soap each week followed by a final rinse with ACV. For this rinse, use 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.
  2. Keeping your dog’s coat clean with a flea comb is essential to getting rid of fleas. Comb from the top of her head to the underside of the tail, neck, underbelly, and legs.
  3. Once a week, wash all of your dog’s bedding in hot water with a natural, unscented detergent. If your dog sleeps with you, throw your own bedding in the washer once a week too.
  4. Each week vacuum your carpets and floors. Pay special attention to any places your dog hangs out. These places will be the same for her little flea friends.
  5. You can also use a diatomaceous earth carpet treatment or two. This helps keep fleas from multiplying.
  6. The flea’s entire life cycle can be as long as several months … so you’ll need to repeat these steps to make sure the flea infestation is completely gone.

Trust me, stopping fleas is a whole lot easier than trying to get rid of them once they’ve taken over. How do you keep flea infestations off your dog?

Use these simple home remedies to keep fleas out of your home and off your dog.

But first, let’s start with the outdoors.

1. Home Remedies For Fleas Living In Your Yard

You can use nematodes to minimize flea populations in your yard. Start when soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees for at least 2 to 3 weeks

Nematodes are your best friends when it comes to keeping your yard flea-free. If fleas aren’t in your yard, they’re less likely to find their way onto your dog.

What Are Nematodes?

Nematodes are tiny wormlike multicellular animals that live in soil. There are a lot of different kinds of nematodes, good and bad. I’m talking about the good ones here. They help control many garden pests like ants, termites and grubs – and they also eat fleas!

You can buy them at many garden centers and online. I pre-order mine from Arbico Organics to arrive in early spring.

They come ready to use; just add water as directed on the package. Spray them throughout your yard using a hose sprayer or watering can.

Nematodes are living organisms. So use them quickly after they arrive. Apply them in the spring, summer and fall for effective coverage.

Mowing

Most people who know me will tell you I’m not a fan of mowing or lawns in general. However, if you live in a flea prolific area, you need to keep your lawn cut short.

Plants That Guard

Keep pots of lemon balm, sage, rosemary, catnip, lemongrass, basil and mint outside. Place some by your main doors and throughout your yard. These plants help repel fleas through the natural oils that they secrete. They’ll deter fleas from entering the house.