Natural Flea Control

I hate to admit it, but it looks like our dog, Lulu might have fleas. We can't see any, but she's been scratching a lot, so it's time to do something.

I know many dog owners who regularly use the reliable, chemical based flea control systems (you know, the ones with marketing budgets large enough to put out TV commercials). We're not fans of pesticides, especially in or around our home, so we're trying a different approach.

After consulting with this book I sliced a couple of lemons, poured some almost boiling water to cover, and then left it to sit for 24 hours.

Now I just have to give Lu a bath and then massage the strained liquid into her fur.

According to this article at, fleas dislike the taste of garlic and brewer's yeast and will stay away from dogs who consume them. They have other recommendations too, but this sounds like a good place to start. I'll let you know how it goes...

Please consult with the article before trying any of our plans with your pets. Amounts vary based on the size of your dog and the treatments for cats are very different (garlic is toxic to cats, for example).


  1. How did this treatment work on your beloved dog's fleas?

  2. I wish I could give a good review of this method, but as we suspected, Lulu didn't have fleas afterall. The concoction smelled great and didn't bother her skin - avoid your own eyes because it does sting.

    In the end we switched to a sensitive skin formula food and the itching has stopped.