Many people prefer to avoid using any insecticides in their home or on their pets. That’s understandable, and although natural methods might not be as effective as insecticide treatments, there are plenty you can try.
Essential oils can be effective against fleas, but be aware that some can be toxic in large doses, especially to cats. Cats don’t metabolize these oils very well, and they can build up in their systems and cause health problems. It’s probably best to avoid their use in cats entirely.
Good nutrition is regular bathing and grooming of your pet is one of the best ways to protect them from fleas. Also, both garlic and brewers yeast can be added to their food to help repel fleas. Be aware, however, garlic is toxic to cats and should not be used.
Diatomaceous earth is the remains of tiny plankton-like creatures, and can be found in most garden stores. It can be sprinkled in carpets, left for a time, and then vacuumed up. It kills fleas by scratching their exoskeletons and causing dehydration.
Both regular table salt and borax soap can be used the same way as diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it on your carpets, leave it for awhile, and then vacuum it up. Since vacuuming is such an important part of any flea control program, this is an easy extras step to make it more effective.
If you have fleas in your yard or garden, try adding nematodes to the soil. Nematodes are tiny worms that will eat flea larva, and and can be purchased at pet and garden stores. Apply them to moist, shady areas in your yard and around your home. They multiply rapidly, so a small amount will go a long way.
These are just a few natural methods to control fleas. There are many others, including prepared commercial products. Many of these are available at the Only Natural Pet Store, and I highly recommend checking them out to buy a wide variety of essential oil and shampoo products for flea control.