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Old 05-11-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know there has been several threads asking about controlling fleas and ticks so now that we have a new Holistic Forum I thought it would be nice to keep them all in one easy to find place

For those of you who like to apply a once a month topical there is a product called Sentry Natural Defense Flea Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs Though I have never personally used this product I have spoken to a couple people who have and they liked the results.

You can also use Diatomacious Earth (DE). This product is great for all creepy crawlies. You can sprinkle it around your house and yard plus on your dog. How it works is the DE is made up of little sharp shards that cut and penetrate the exoskeleton of the fleas, ticks, ants, spiders etc. They then dry out and die. Just be careful when applying it to your pet that you or them do not inhale it as it is irritating to the lungs.

Another way to keep flea & ticks away is by using Essential Oils. Some of the more common oils that act as flea and insect repellents are: lavender, citronella, cedar ,peppermint, eucalyptus and lemongrass.

Lavender
A sweet-smelling, all-purpose insect repellent, lavender essential oil performed well in recent studies as both a tick deterrent and a method of preventing tick eggs from hatching. Additionally, Ohio State University recommends it for controlling fleas. A 2007 South African study found that formulas containing diluted lavender at rates of 10 to 20 percent lavender performed well as tick repellents when compared artificial DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) sprays.

Citronella
Oil of citronella naturally repels insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and ticks, therefore, preventing bites. Citronella oil is a natural, non-toxic alternative to chemical insect repellents such as DEET , therefore, is usually the preferred choice. A combination of the citronella oil and cedarwood oil also helps to repel mosquitoes.

Cedar
A wonderfully fragrant oil that provides a pheromone interruption agent that impairs the insects mental capacity and repels them.

Peppermint
An oil high in menthol - it repels fleas, spiders and even mice.

Eucalyptus
While better known for its anti bacterial properties it is a great natural pest deterrent as well.

Lemongrass
Deters fleas and especially tick. According to Ohio State University. Lemongrass oil contains a pleasing citrus scent that is useful in controlling oily scalps and skin conditions, making it suitable for use on dogs with skin conditions in lotion, spray, soap and shampoo formulas.

Basic instructions for a flea, tick or mosquito spray for dogs:
Up to 10 drops or so of any of the insect repelling oils or combination of the same in a 32 oz spray bottle. Shake well and mist your dog daily. This may also be sprayed on bedding or around doorways and baseboards in your home to keep insects out.

Uses:
* Mist the dog before going to training class and upon returning as well. You won't pick up fleas from other members of the training class.

* Spray the area where you set up your exercise pens and crates at the dog shows. Fleas will choose to go to the neighbors instead. The dogs themselves can be misted when you leave home and again before returning from the show.

* Set the squirt bottle near the door, so that you can mist the dog (and your own pants legs) when you take the dog for a walk. No hitchhikers will come home with your or your pet from public places.

* If you have a dog with flea allergies, it can get instant relief while you are ridding the environment of fleas.

*For dogs that are bothered by flies biting their ears, cover the eyes with your hand and mist the ear area. Flies will stay away and the ears can heal.

* Mist your own hair and clothing when outside during mosquito season. The oils set up a very pleasant smelling barrier, so that you (and your party) won't be bothered by these pesky insects.

For longer term control, a few drops may be placed on a cotton flea collar and put around the dog's neck. Renew the oil whenever the aroma starts to fade. You can also put a few drops of one or more of the oils into the palms of your hands, rub your palms together and apply to the dog?s coat and skin starting at the neck and down the front legs, then down the back to the base of the tail and down the back legs.

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We personally do use Lavender on our dogs. I place just a few drops around their necks a couple times a week. I also use DE around my yard and home. A little goes a very long way
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You are awesome!!! Great info.!
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Definitely going to try the lavender or a combination mixture. SO do not want to use the harsh chemicals from the vet, really hoping this does the trick! 😊


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My fav is the eucalyptus and peppermint mixture
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I'm using the Sentry product for the first time this year and I'm very happy with it.
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Thanks so much for this. I stopped using Advantix II because Rocco got all anxious after application. I touched my nose after touching him and it went numb! I will give some of these a try!
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I use lavender and peppermint on ZIGGY as well as spray it throughout the house! I also use DE! The only problem I've had with it is we keep having thunderstorms I also spray myself- especially if doing yard work and put a "dryer sheet" under my hat!!


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I will be mixing up a batch this weekend as we pack up and head to the cottage
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For the first time ever this year we've had a live issue on our daughters. We bought a product called Fairy Tales. It is all natural and contains most of the oils suggested here. So I have started to put it on my dogs. We have yet to see a flea or tick and their costs are so soft and shinny. They have a website to order from because only high priced salons carry it. Anyway, I would recommend it to anyone and I also use it to keep of these nasties. It smells great and also repels mosquito's!!
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