I am desperate to get rid of the fleas in my home. I have tried everything from diatomaceous earth (which worked for a moment but then made me sick) to borax powder (which was just messy and ineffective). I’m thinking about using neem oil, but I’m not sure if it works or not. What essential oils kill fleas? And what natural oils repel fleas?
What essential oil kills fleas?
You can use any of the following essential oils to repel fleas:
- Lemon eucalyptus. This is my personal favorite because it’s so effective and smells so good! It’s also very affordable, so if you’re on a budget, lemon eucalyptus will be more cost-effective than many other options.
- Lavender. I love the smell of lavender for many reasons (it’s relaxing), but I especially love it for its ability to repel fleas! Lavender essential oil has been shown in studies to have an 82% success rate at repelling fleas from different areas in a home. In addition, lavender has been shown in some studies to have antibacterial properties as well (which could help prevent your pet from getting infected). So not only does lavender smell great and work effectively against fleas; it might even help keep the rest of your family healthy too! You can find plenty of other benefits associated with using lavender elsewhere online; this post focuses primarily on how effective it is at killing these pesky insects before they bite anyone else besides their intended targets – us humans!
How does citronella keep bugs away?
Citronella is a plant that is often used in insect repellent products. It’s a natural insect repellent, and makes a good choice for your dog’s flea collar (or cat collar) because it can be effective at keeping fleas away from your pets.
It works by releasing an odor that bugs find unpleasant and sometimes even irritating. This smell acts as a physical barrier between you and the fleas or other bugs that want to bite you or your pet.
What natural oils repel fleas?
To start, you can make your own flea repellent using lemon oil. Mix two tablespoons of lemon oil with two cups of water in a spray bottle, then use it on your pet’s bedding or around the house to keep fleas away. Another option is to add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 cup of water and put this solution into an empty spray bottle, then spray it on furniture and carpets before vacuuming up the dead fleas.
You can also use thyme oil by mixing one part thyme essential oil with four parts olive or sesame seed carrier oils and rub this mixture into your pet’s coat once per day for relief from flea infestations over time. Peppermint essential oils are also effective at repelling pests because they’re known to have strong anti-parasitic properties that keep fleae away from pets even after they’ve bitten them. Cinnamon essential oils have been shown in studies conducted by researchers at Stellenbosch University in South Africa that their unique mix of cinnamaldehyde compounds (which give them their spicy flavor) helps kill off any existing adult fleas while preventing new ones from taking hold due to its ability not only kill but inhibit eggs hatching as well! They found using just three drops per animal daily will be enough protection against both ticks and mosquitoes too!
If you’re looking for something more natural than chemical sprays or powders try lavender scented shampoo instead which contains both insecticides such as pyrethrins (derived from chrysanthemum flowers) along with pheromones designed specifically for controlling lice infestations among dogs (and cats). If your pet has sensitive skin avoid using too much minty smelling products since these tend contain chemicals known for causing irritation like peppermint extract which may irritate paws if applied directly onto them without diluting first with some warm water first.”
What plant repels fleas?
Citronella and other plants that repel fleas:
- Citronella is a woody plant with long, narrow leaves. It’s native to Southeast Asia, but it has been used as an herbal remedy for insects in the U.S. since the early 1900s.
- Lemon balm is also known as Melissa officinalis or bee balm and grows wild in Europe, North America and Australia. It’s easy to grow from seed or cuttings and can be dried for use in teas or made into essential oils that can be applied to skin directly (not recommended for people with sensitive skin).
- Rosemary has fragrant needle-like leaves on its branches which make it easy to identify by sight alone if you’re unsure about which herb needs more attention than others around your home grounds! Its pungent smell comes from phenols found within its leaves that prevent pests from coming near your plants so they don’t bite at all times during any season! Just like citronella oil does too!
Citronella oil is an effective natural flea repellent. You can buy it from some pet stores or online, or you can make it at home by boiling lemon grass, lemongrass or citronella in water for about 30 minutes. The resulting liquid will keep fleas away from your home or yard for up to six months!