Natural flea killer for dogs

Natural flea killer for dogs

How to get rid of fleas in dogs



  • Strain the lemon juice through a fine sieve.
  • Mix with water and lemon oil and pour into a spray bottle.
  • Wash your dog with a natural shampoo and let the fur dry before applying the mixture.
  • Lightly spray the mixture on fur and give your dog a gentle massage. You don’t want a soaking wet fur.
  • Be careful not to get the mixture into the dog’s eyes, nose and mouth!
  • To get up around the neck and behind the ears and chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe it on.
  • As the lemon juice will dry up your dog’s fur, apply a small amount of coconut oil once the fur is almost dry. As the coconut oil is solid, apply a dollop on your hands and rub your palms to warm the oil up.
  • Apply the treatment once a week.
  • You can spray your pet’s bedding and around it with this mixture, lightly as well. Allow to dry.

In addition to this, take your pet’s collar and add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender on the outside of the collar, where it hits the back of the neck. The essential oils act as natural flea control because these are repelled by the scent. Now your dog will smell heavenly!

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  1. Shelly Kerestesy says:

    Unfortunately, due to these popups, it is very hard to read your article. I would love to read it. Also where is the flea repellent recipe for the dogs?

    1. The recipe is on the second page, Shelly!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us your findings on the flea condition. I’m looking forward to reading other articles that you have posted on here. I do have a question for you, your ingredients for the flea repellent says fresh squeezed lemons, can I use lemon juice from the bottle ?

    1. Hi Violet! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! I haven’t tried bottled lemon juice and I wouldn’t use anything other than natural products as they’re chemical free, safe and proven to work.

  3. Darlene Egan says:

    Just wondering where is the recipe for the flea repellent for the dog. Every time I click on a link it takes me somewhere else

  4. Denise Allen says:

    Dear Petro,

    Would you have a recipe for a flea reellent for cats as i have a adorable cat and i don”t like using the stuff from the pet shop or vet ad they have so many chemicals anf i worry about it being good for her.


    1. Hi Denise. Thanks for stopping by. I use a similar solution for my cat too but not exactly as I do on the dog cause I’m afraid it might harm her since cats are more sensitive than dogs. I slice half a lemon, cover with water and boil in the microwave for 10 minutes on high. Then I let it sit over night and strain through a sieve. Then I dip a bristle brush for grooming, like this one, just a little bit, shake well and brush my cat’s fur, avoiding the eyes and mouth. I also regularly clean her bed and spray the surroundings with vinegar and I place rosemary and lavender in the vicinity. Not sure if these truly work but she seems to deal better with flea. If you decide to apply these, please test first on a small area on her fur, not all cats react the same.

  5. Dorlis Grote says:

    How much borax, salt, etc. do you use?

    I have lemon grass plants in my house and the cats graze on them daily. I also have catnip. No fleas, ticks or other pests, they hate the smell.

    1. The ingredients are specified in the article.

  6. Oh P.S.
    I know this post is old but the picture looks like hand, foot and mouth.
    Well, from my experience.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Karen. We checked with our doctor first and it wasn’t hand, foot & mouth. Unfortunately Ellie is one of those few people who develop severe reactions to bug bites of any kind (you don’t want to see the spider bites on her skin, it’s really scary!). But she’s had it since she was a baby so we’ve learned to deal with it with calm and patience. We did manage to reduce the episodes though as we clean the house regularly with the flea repellent for home I made and spray the doors and windows every few days with my spider repellent When she’s outside, I get her to wear my bug repellent

  7. Thank you for posting this. I live in Florida and fleas are outrageous year around.
    When my children were younger I used coconut oil overnight followed by a nit comb the next day for headlice.
    All the other mommas looked down on me but I seemed to be the only one wiping out this problem in one shot while they were having to do 2 or 3 applications of Nix poison.
    I haven’t found an all natural so far that really took care of fleas and still use the chemicals. I will be mixing this up tomorrow..
    Thank you

    1. Hi Karen. I’m positive this will work for you too, it’s done wonders for us! Our poor dog was in so much pain from so much scratching, he barely ate anything and he wasn’t in the mood for playing or going outside. As soon as we applied this spray, the scratching stopped and he was a totally different dog, happy and playful again.

  8. will this also work on ticks?

    1. It should. Lemon essential oil is also a tick repellent.

  9. Brenda Jerles says:

    Can you use Lemongrass oil instead of the lemon oil?

    1. They both have similar antibacterial and antiseptic properties, they both repel insects and both have same benefits for the skin so I presume lemongrass oil should work well too. I just never used it myself in this recipe, I can’t guarantee it will work the same as lemon oil.

  10. Gloria clark says:

    What essential oil can I use in the flea repealant for my dog ? She has sores on her from biting. I also concerned about the lemon juice burning her because of the sores

    1. Hi Gloria. I’m so sorry to hear about your flea problems. Poor thing, she must be in so much pain. I personally use lemon, peppermint or lavender for my dog but I only use a couple of drops on his collar, on the outside of the collar, not straight on his skin or fur. Using too much would affect their olfactory system which is how they see and feel the world. Chamomile and lavender are great flea repellents so I would make some chamomile or lavender tea and give the dog a bath or apply a little on the sores until they get better, in addition to the essential oils on the collar. Chamomile will also help with the sores. You could also try and add some vinegar to her drinking water (1 tsp to 1 quart water). Also make sure you clean and disinfect your dog’s bedding.

  11. Please remove the pop-up that jams the screen so that I cannot read your article. I cannot get rid of it at all.

    1. I’m sorry, Brenda but I don’t see any pop up other than the newsletter on the bottom right hand side which you can easily turn off by closing that small window. I have no other pop up installed on my blog, it might be your computer or firewall.

  12. Jess Benoit says:

    I am trying this flea repellent recipe as well. Do you know if lemon juice in a bottle will work as good as a freshly squeezed lemon? Thanks!