DIY Flea Repellents For Homes And Lawns

Flea management may sometimes require the use of both conventional insecticide products as well as flea repellents. If your pet already has fleas and your home and yard are infested, using only a flea repellent is not going to resolve the existing flea problem.

Repelling Fleas in Backyard

Fleas prefer outdoor areas of tall grass, so mow your lawn and don’t let your grass grow tall. Make sure to clear away weeds and dispose of any garden waste such as leaves, compost, and mowed grass clippings. Also concentrate on areas that your pet frequents in the yard—areas where they like to sit and sleep, including kennels and areas near trees and fences.

Plants That May Help in Repelling Fleas

Plants can be grown around outdoor areas to help repel fleas and other pesky insects. You can grow them in plant gardens and in pots placed around doorways and around outdoor locations where your pet spends time. Plants that may help repelling fleas include:

  • Mint

  • Catnip

  • Clove

  • Chrysanthemums

  • Eucalyptus

  • Fleabane Daisy

  • Lavender

  • Neem

  • Salvia (red Sage)

How to Repel Fleas on Humans

You can use some natural flea repellents, including some essential oils, as flea repellents placed directly on skin. A small-scale human study found that thyme oil and myrtle oil were more repellent against fleas on people than either permethrin or DEET.

Can Essential Oils Repel Fleas From Pets?

Several essential oils may not be safe for their pets, especially cats. In all cases, pet owners should consult their veterinarian prior to using any essential oil on their pet.

Natural flea repellents such as citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, and geraniol may naturally repel fleas. If your pet doesn't mind a spray bottle, dilute a few drops of your chosen repellent into 10-13 fl oz of water and spray directly onto your pet’s coat. Do not use any natural flea repellents or essential oil without approval from your pet’s veterinarian.

To prevent and control a flea infestation, an integrated flea control program is essential to repelling and removing fleas from your pet, home and yard. Flea infestations can be incredibly hard to control; call your Orkin Pro for help getting rid of fleas in your home and yard.

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