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Natural Flea Repelent For Doggies
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Natural Flea Repelent for Doggies

I'm always looking for good natural alternatives to the different problems that we have.

The latest one is insect repellent.

For years all the repellents have been loaded with chemicals like: DEET (30 to 50%), Picaridin (up to 15%), oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD, IR 3535 and Permethrin.

The headline read: West Nile virus spiking across the USA.

This is what the CDC is recommending we use to avoid getting West Nile, Dengue fever, and other mosquito born diseases.

DEET: The EPA reported 46 cases of DEET related seizures including 4 deaths last year. Also may dissolve some plastics, rayon, spandex, and other synthetic fabrics, painted or varnished surfaces including nail polish. Oh yea, that's something I want to give my babies!!

Permethrin: acts as a neurotoxin slowing the nervous system. Excessive exposure to Permethrin can cause nausea, headaches, muscle weakness, shortness of breath and seizures. Also Permethrin is used in the flea collars for dogs. Those are the bad ones. FYI .. I might give that to Wayne, but there is NO WAY I am going to give that to my babies!

The other is Picaridin which is much better then DEET and some what less harmful.

Then there is Oil of Lemon & Eucalyptus: a plant based substances shown to be as effective as DEET, has a pleasant fragrance and is far less likely to irritate the skin . Now you talking. but they still pair these with DEET (the really bad one) and Permethrin (the other bad one).

So what are we to do? Look for a natural flea repellent, of course. I went to the health food store and got;

  • Whole clove's - 1 tbl
  • Lavender Flowers (dried) 3 tbls
  • Peppermint Leaves (dried) 3 tbls
  • Oil of Citronella - 30 drops

I put the clove, lavender, and peppermint in a tight mess bag. Then I brought about 4 quarts of water to a boil. Drop in the bag and let steep until cool. Then I put equal parts of alcohol in the mixture, along with 30 drops of oil of citronella. Put it into a misting spray bottle and there you have it.

The nice thing about this mixture is that it smells really good, does not sting, and is not sticky. It evaporates quickly, and it is still very effective. You can spray it on your clothes and it does not stain them and I've sprayed this on the doggies and it does not brother them at all. Now we can go on walk's and the mosquito's wont bit them at all. Best of all its natural, and its seems to work great on fleas. So now I say bring on the eucalyptus bushes for the yard. We need all the help we can get to get ride of those pesky fleas.


Street Talk

Pamela3  

I assume you are referring to rubbing alcohol (lol)...but when you refer to equal parts of alcohol...equal to what, the drops of citronella?

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  about 5 years ago

Yes rubbing alcohol.. Say you want about 4 cups of the repellent. mixture. You take 2cups of the tea and mix in 2 cups of rubbing alcohol then about 5 drops of the citronella. If the mosquito's are really bad add more. Then put in a spray bottle. Sound like you're going to try to make the repellent. Good luck!! Let me know if I can give you any more help. ;]

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  about 5 years ago

I never thought of this before but what a great idea. I'm gonna have to pass this along.

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  about 5 years ago

Yes some time the simpler the better

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  about 5 years ago

Great article, thanks for the tips, love the picture too.

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  about 5 years ago

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 5 years ago
kendrick  

Very nice article Harriet!

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you

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  about 5 years ago

Love the article! I may use these techniques on my dogs.

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  about 5 years ago

Glad you liked it.I just finished a article about cleaning products can't believe how bad they are.

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  about 5 years ago

Great article Harriet, very informative! I love your style!

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you my dear!!!

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  about 5 years ago

I don't know which is better, the picture or the article. They are both great and the information is really helpful.

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  about 5 years ago

Good to hear! Thanks!

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  about 5 years ago
MarleneW  

Great article, thank you so much, I can greatly benefit from your info with my two dogs. Thank you.

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  about 5 years ago

Your welcome. Thanks!

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  about 5 years ago
Johnney  

Great info Miss kyle, going to give this one a try for sure. Haven't had any problems with fleas this year, but the mosquitos are horrible. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 5 years ago

Ok! Glad I could help! Thanks for the comment.

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  about 5 years ago

What do you mean you might give me Permethrin?!?!?

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  about 5 years ago
Johnney  

Maybe she meant permission, Wayne. lol!!

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  about 5 years ago

Cute!

  
  about 5 years ago
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