Got a flea problem?
Has your dog been bringing fleas into the house?
Insects and pests such as fleas can become a big nuisance in your home if you don’t take proper preventative measures.
Luckily, it can be easier to get rid of fleas than you may think.
There are some amazing home remedies that you can use to get rid of fleas quickly and safely, all on your own.
We’ve done the research and compiled the ultimate list of the best home remedies for fleas, meaning you can rid your home of these nuisances once and for all.
1. Lemon Spray
Lemons can be a great ingredient for cleaning sprays of all kinds, but the sour fruit is also an excellent help in getting rid of an unwanted flea infestation.
Using a lemon to make a natural and safe spray is an excellent way to get rid of fleas around your home quickly and easily.
- Cut a lemon into thin slices
- Add the lemon to a pint of water, then bring to a boil
- Let the lemon solution sit overnight, then pour it into a spray bottle
- Use a moderate amount and spray the solution on infested locations in your home, leaving areas damp but not soaked
An alternative to lemon is using a lemon essential oil.
2. Salt and Vacuum
Salt works as one of the best home remedies for fleas due to its dehydrating effects. Combined with vacuuming, salt can be a great way of getting rid of adult fleas.
Salt works as an excellent agent for getting rid of fleas and can be a great method since most people likely have salt around their home already.
- Take some salt, preferably fine ground, and sprinkle it onto the carpet of each room of your home
- Leave the salt on the carpet for 1-2 days
- Vacuum your home thoroughly
- Empty the contents of your vacuum into an outside trash can
3. Dish Soap
Another product you probably already have in your home is dish soap.
Using dish soap and some water you can make an irresistible “death trap” which fleas find hard to escape.
Be aware, that this trap works best if you leave it overnight since fleas are nocturnal creatures.
- Fill a bowl or plate with dish soap and some warm water
- Place the trap in the areas of your home where fleas are most common
- Allow the bowl or plate to sit while fleas get stuck in the trap
- Repeat with a fresh batch daily as needed
4. Herbal Flea Spray
This remedy can function as a safe and natural alternative to a flea bomb, which can be dangerous and toxic for your home.
An herbal flea spray is a powerful solution that can kill fleas fast and easily.
For this spray, you’ll need vinegar, lemon juice, water, and witch hazel.
- First vacuum your home thoroughly, empty contents outside, and wash any washable items such as bedding and clothes on the hottest setting
- Gather 4 liters of vinegar, 2 liters of water, 500 ml of lemon juice, and 250 ml of witch hazel
- Mix and add all of the ingredients into a large spray bottle
- Spray heavily around your home across all carpet, furniture, and floors
5. Baking Soda and Vacuum
While vacuuming alone can be helpful during an infestation, the combination of baking soda and vacuuming together is especially beneficial for getting rid of those pesky critters.
- Lay baking soda over carpet and furniture throughout your home
- Use a sturdy brush to rub the baking soda into carpet furniture
- Vacuum your home thoroughly
- Empty the contents of your vacuum into an outside trash can
Cedarwood is a great substance to use as a spray mixture when trying to rid fleas from your dog or pets.
Additionally, you can also use cedar shavings by placing them in a pillow and placing your pet’s bed.
- Combine 1-2 drops of cedarwood with 500 ml of water
- Add the mixture to a spray bottle
- Carefully spray the mixture onto the body of your dog, avoiding the eyes
7. Lamp and Sudsy Water
Another method of making a flea trap is to use a lamp and sudsy water. Because insects will be drawn to the light of the lamp, it makes a great trap.
When fleas approach the light, they will find themselves jumping and landing in the soapy water.
- Place a small lamp on the floor
- Place a bowl of sudsy water beneath the lamp
- Let sit for an extended period
- The fleas will be attracted to the light and land in the water
8. Flea Comb with Lemon
Especially when used in conjunction with lemon, a flea comb can be an excellent solution for getting rid of fleas that are on your dog’s coat.
- Boil water, then add sliced lemon
- After adding lemon, turn off heat, and let the lemon steep overnight
- Once the lemon has been steeped, you can dip the flea comb into the mix
- Use on your dog, and re-dip often to spread the lemon along the whole coat
- Let the lemon remain until it dries
Another great option if you’re looking for an organic flea control solution, is to use rosemary.
The natural herb can be utilized for home infestations as well as the insect problems of your pets.
Rosemary works as a flea repellent and instead of killing them will simply repel them and prevent them from remaining in your home.
- Gather rosemary, wormwood, rue, fennel, and peppermint
- Add the ingredients to a pestle and mortar
- Grind the ingredients into a powder
- Sprinkle the powder along carpets, furniture and other areas of your home where you suspect fleas are hiding
10. Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange Paste
This solution also has the added benefit of making your dog smell fantastic.
- Peel one grapefruit, one orange, and one lemon
- Use a blender to blend the peels of the fruit into a powder
- Add some water to the powder to create a paste
- Rub the paste onto a dog’s fur
One interesting solution you may not think about for getting rid of fleas around your home is using nematodes, which are microscopic roundworms.
To do this, you will need a nematode sponge.
These worms hunt down fleas and kill them at any stage of the insect’s life cycle.
Nematodes use fleas as a host, releasing a special bacterium that kills the fleas within 48 hours.
- Purchase a nematode sponge, which you will use to disperse the worms
- To apply, soak the nematode sponge in a gallon of water at room temperature
- Soak it thoroughly and then squeeze to get everything that you can out and squeeze into a small sprayer
- Spray the soil of your yard with the nematodes and let them do their work
- The nematodes will hunt down fleas and kill them by using them as a host and releasing a special bacterium
12. Organic Rose Bar Soap
A natural soap that is excellent for getting rid of fleas that your dog has is organic rose bar soap. The soap can be found easily and cheaply.
Washing your dog with this soap can be a great way to get rid of fleas, but also comes with the added benefit of making your dog’s fur very soft.
- Wash your dog with rose bar soap
- Rinse thoroughly
- Repeat regularly until fleas are gone
13. Citronella Oil
Citronella is also an excellent option for the elimination of fleas in your home.
The plant-derived oil helps to repel many types of insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, and flies, but also works for fleas.
- Vacuum your house thoroughly beforehand
- Mix 20 drops citronella oil, 10 drops tea tree oil, ten drops lemongrass oil and five drops of geranium oil with 1 gallon of warm water
- Use the mixture to mop the floors of your home
- Mop with the mixture every day for several days, then once a week for a month to keep fleas away from your home
14. Horse Apples
This fruit, also known as the Osage orange, the hedge apple, or the monkey ball, has been used for ages to repel various types of insects.
In addition to insects such as fleas, the horse apple can also influence repelling other pests such as rodents and snakes.
- Cut a horse apple into halves, sections, or use whole
- Place pieces of the fruit in each room of your home as well as porches or outside areas
- Leave the fruit and allow it to repel fleas
- In an air-conditioned environment, the fruit should last for 2-3 months
- For best results, use horse apples before flea season begins to prevent fleas before they arrive in your home
15. Pennyroyal Herb
Pennyroyal is an herb that has traditionally been used to repel fleas.
Different varieties exist including American pennyroyal and European pennyroyal.
Pennyroyal can be dangerous if not used correctly, however, as humans and animals can face fertility problems if eaten.
- Crush pennyroyal leaves in a mortar and pestle until the leaves develop an aroma and begin to release oil
- Tie the pennyroyal paste you have made in a cheesecloth
- Hang the cheesecloth in any area that is infested with fleas
- Keep the cloth out of the reach of pets and children
- Leave as needed and allow it to repel fleas in your home
16. Flea Repelling Plants
There are several useful plants that you can use to keep these pesky insects away.
Flowers and herbs such as the pennyroyal, as well as chrysanthemums, lavender, and spearmint, are great plants to have around your home.
- Place these plants in flower pots and flower beds around your home
- Take care of these plants as needed
- Allow them to naturally repel fleas from your home
Vacuuming can be one of the best ways to get rid of fleas, but one special trick will help cleaning to be even more useful. Mothballs naturally kill fleas and eggs in the sweeper bag.
By placing mothballs in the sweeper bag, you can make sure that you get rid of fleas without needing to empty the bag after every vacuuming.
- Place mothballs in the vacuum cleaner bag
- Vacuum all carpets, floors, and upholstery thoroughly
- Repeat daily and dispose of vacuum cleaner bag when full
18. Garlic and Brewer’s Yeast
Garlic and Brewer’s Yeast is a winning combination that can easily get rid of fleas. This mix is especially great to use on your dog and can be a great and natural choice for getting rid of those annoying critters.
- Add one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast and garlic powder into your pet’s food
- Be sure to adjust the quantity depending on your dog’s size
- Avoid adding too much garlic
- If too much is used your dog runs the risk of developing anemia
19. Camphor and Cloves Spray
Together, camphor and cloves can be a great combination that can help to remove fleas from the fur of your pets.
These two aromatic ingredients can work wonders in ridding your home from fleas.
- Dissolve three camphor crystals into 1 liter of pure alcohol
- Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and three dried cloves to the mix
- Add the mix to a spray bottle
- Spray the mix onto your pet’s fur, then rinse off with water after waiting two hours
20. Boric Acid
Boric acid has desiccant properties and works to dehydrate fleas, whether they’re in the form of larvae, eggs, or adult fleas.
Because the boric acid will work its ways way deep into carpets and upholstery, it will continue to kill fleas for several weeks. Afterward, you may wish to wash your carpets and upholstery thoroughly.
- Fill a spices shaker and fill it with boric acid
- Vacuum carpets, upholstery, and other areas before applying boric acid
- Sprinkle boric acid powder in thin layers in areas where you believe fleas are hiding
- Leave for 1-2 days then vacuum all areas again
21. Natural Flea Repellent
Like the rosemary flea repellent above, this natural flea repellent solution can be an excellent choice to use for ridding your home of fleas.
This repellent will help to eliminate the pests either when spraying it onto a pet or when spraying around your home.
- Mix 2 cups water, 2 tbsp. alcohol-free witch hazel, one sliced lemon, and 1 tbsp. of dried lavender
- Simmer in a saucepan for 30 minutes
- Put solution into a small squirt bottle
- Spray on your pet and massage into your pet’s fur
22. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used for many home remedies and is popular because of its many healthy properties. It can also work well for ridding your pets of fleas.
- Mix 240 ml of Apple Cider Vinegar with 120 ml warm water
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 tablespoon of salt to the mix
- Sprinkle the mix onto the fur of your dog
- Allow the mixture to air dry
Oatmeal can also work wonders to get rid of fleas that your dog or pet has gathered through time.
Oatmeal has many healing properties that have made it a home remedy favorite for years. It is also a straightforward and natural home remedy to use for your pets.
- Soak some uncooked oatmeal in water for several hours
- Rub the oatmeal into the coat of your pet
- Rinse the mixture off after about 10 minutes, using lukewarm water
A single orange can do a good job in ridding your dog of fleas. While your pet may not be fond of the citrus smell, the effects will be well worth it.
This solution is also very easy to do but shouldn’t be used on small kittens and puppies.
- Cut an orange in half
- Rub the orange into your dog’s skin to get rid of fleas
- Fleas will not be able to tolerate the citrus aroma of the orange
25. Indian Lilac Oil
Indian Lilac oil is another natural substance that can be used to rid your dog of uncomfortable and pesky fleas.
Be aware that the Indian Lilac oil will lose its effectiveness after about 8 hours, so it is recommended to make a fresh batch each time you use it
- Use 2.5 ml of Indian lilac oil by placing it in a large bowl
- Add 2 cups of warm water and 1 or 2 ml of detergent or soap to the mix
- Mix the ingredients well and then place it into a spray bottle
- Squirt the mixture onto the skin of your dog and let the oil work its magic
Diatomaceous Earth is a very strong powder which can be a fantastic tool at ridding your home of pesky critters.
The fine powder is the microscopic remains of fossilized algae, known as diatoms.
- Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in thin layers over carpet and areas with high flea activity
- Leave the Diatomaceous Earth for two days
- After two days have passed, vacuum your home thoroughly
- Empty the contents of your vacuum into an outside trash can
Also, be sure when purchasing Diatomaceous Earth to get the food grade option.
Be aware as well that the powder can cause some irritation to the eyes and throat despite being non-toxic, so use safety precautions while handling the substance
27. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil works very well for ridding your pet of fleas or ridding areas of your home or yard of the pests.
You will want to be sure to dilute the tea tree oil properly since the substance can be very strong.
- Dilute about 2oz of tea tree oil using water
- Fill a spray bottle with the mixture
- Sprinkle the mixture onto areas of your home and lawn as well as your dog’s coat
28. Bay Leaves
Bay leaves are another great solution that you can use to get rid of fleas that are annoying in your home and on your dog.
The fleas will be repelled by the bay leaves and will naturally want to leave your pet’s fur.
- Crush or grind some bay leaves
- Rub the bay leaves onto your dog’s fur
- Repeat the process until the fleas have been removed from your dog’s fur
Since fleas thrive so well in really humid environments, it can be an excellent idea to use a dehumidifier to fight your flea infestation.
Try turning a dehumidifier on for a few days to remove moisture from the air, especially in areas and rooms where there is a high flea concentration.
- Place the humidifier in any room where there is a high flea concentration
- Leave the humidifier running for several days
- The reduced humidity in your home will reduce the number of fleas
A natural flea collar can also be a great solution for a pet with fleas. These can be much easier to make than you may think, and will only take a few special items.
You will need a nylon or cotton collar, which you can easily find at a large grocery store or a pet store.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of unflavored vodka with 1 drop of Cedarwood essential oil in a bowl
- Lay the nylon or cotton collar flat on a baking sheet and pour the mixture over the entire collar
- Let the collar air dry and then place the collar on your pet
- Make a fresh solution weekly and dip the collar again to retain effectiveness
The above solutions are the absolute best home remedies for fleas and should help you get rid of those annoying pests once and for all.
If your flea infestation is especially severe, you may need to use multiple methods that are outlined above, but luckily, it can be easier than you think to get rid of fleas on your own.
Using these natural home remedies, you don’t need to worry about harmful chemicals or pay a professional crew to rid your home of these bugs.
You already have exactly what you need in your home to get rid of fleas and make your home comfortable to live in once again.