Natural Ways to Manage Fleas?

Most pet owners will confirm that at some point they have had issues with pesky fleas. Not only are they hard to spot at the start, but they multiply so quick that once you do realise you have a problem, it could be as far as an infestation. No one has the time to be checking their pets daily for the off chance you may catch the first flea and prevent an infestation, so what can you do to prevent these pesky pests from entering your home?

In this post, I will cover different ways to prevent fleas becoming a problem in diet and in the house. These methods will differ from dog to cat, so please don't mix these methods between animals, as there are some methods that dogs can handle that cats can't and vice versa.


There are natural products out there that can be introduced into your pets diet that not only helps ward away fleas, but also provide extra beneficial nutrients to your pets body.

Along with the use of these products, there is one basic topical method you should do to help rid your pet of fleas:

Comb your pet daily once you know there are fleas on your pet. This helps catch the fleas off your pet and removes them before they can lay anymore eggs. The most effective way to do this is to get a bowl of hot water mixed with washing up liquid and a roll of tissue, sit with your pet and comb through their fur, dunking any fleas on your comb straight into the soapy water.

The soapy water will encase the fleas and suffocate them, killing them instantly.

Keep Off Me! By Proflax.
Suitable for Dogs, NOT suitable for Cats.

Keep Off Me! has been vet formulated to naturally and effectively repel unwanted visitors, minimising the need for chemical treatments on your pet.
This 100% herbal tincture formula consists of Neem, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Fenugreek, Seaweed, Ginger and Garlic. Tinctures are more concentrated and of higher quality than dried herbs or extracts and therefore are more efficacious, so work quicker.
This product is not suitable for Cats due to certain ingredients. There is no oil in this product which means it can be used alongside other Proflax products.

Feeding Guidelines:

Mix with your dogs regular food once daily. For Puppies over 16 weeks old only. Do not feed over recommended daily amount. 0.2ml to every 2kg of dogs weight. A 10kg dog would be having 1ml per day, 20kg dog having 2ml per day etc.

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Billy No Mates! Natural herbal Mix.
Suitable for Dogs and Cats.

This is a totally natural mix that is hated by ticks, fleas and mites. This mix is comprised of Mint, Seaweed, Fenugreek, Neem Leaves and Lemon Balm. Please note that it is recommended to allow up to 6 weeks using this product for it to become totally effective. This mix also helps with skin and coat condition. If your pet has fleas before using this product, please consider using an alternative method to remove fleas before starting this product. Available as a Herbal Sprinkle or as a Concentrated Tincture.

Feeding Guidelines:

Small Dogs / Cats - Half a 5ml scoop
Small / Medium Dogs - 1 level 5ml scoop
Medium / Large Dogs - 1 to 2 level 5ml scoops
Horses - 4+ scoops
This can be given in one meal or split between multiple, as long as you give no more then the daily recommended amount.

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Topical Treatments

Natural Flea Spot On Treatment By Mr Slobberchops
Suitable for Dogs, NOT suitable for Cats

A natural mix of pure essential oils spot on for fleas and ticks on Dogs. Do not use this product on Cats, as essential oils are harmful to Cats. This product includes Lemongrass essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, Peppermint essential oil and Lavender essential oil.

Usage Guidelines:

Suitable from 12wks old. Apply once a month to back of neck and base of tail areas.

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Herba Itch Flea and Tick By Herbal Dog Co.
Suitable for Dogs, NOT suitable for Cats.

A safe and natural spot on product that is applied weekly to the back of the dog's neck for best results. It is made from ingredients which are natural such as Quassia Bark, Neem Leaf and Lemongrass essential oil. This product is not suitable for Cats as essential oils are harmful to Cats. This powerful blend of natural oils combined with fast acting Neem leaf makes this non toxic spot on the ideal go to.

Usage Guidelines:

Shake well before use. For regular use drop 1ml onto the back of the neck weekly. If your dog is over 10kg drop 2ml onto the back of the neck weekly. If you already have visitors and need support to clear an infestation, drop 1ml onto the back of the neck daily for 1 week. This product is less effective on dogs with a compromised immune system and older dogs. Always patch test before use, discontinue use if skin becomes irritated. Always consult a vet if you think your dog is ill or in pain.

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Neem Products By Theraneem

Neem is very effective for combating a flea infestation. Neem contains properties that make it a great pest repellant and will kill the fleas after long exposure. It is a completely natural ingredient that won't harm your pet in any way and will actually boost them as it is anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. This product leaves no odour on your pet after washing, and boosts their skin and coat. I have used the Neem Therape Shampoo before when my Cats had fleas, and during washing you could see the fleas jumping off the Cat to get away from the neem, so it is highly effective in use.

Neem Therape Shampoo
Suitable for Dogs and Cats.

Usage Guidelines:

Use when washing your pets. For effective use against fleas, apply to your pets coat and wait for 5-10 minutes to ensure the most effective outcome.

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Dusting Neem Kaolin Powder for Pets
Suitable for Dogs and Cats.

Usage Guidelines:

Use once or twice per day, for general comfort of your pet.

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Neem Seed Oil
Suitable for Dogs and Cats.

This oil can be used as a spot on for pets, or added to a collar, for effective flea removal.

Usage Guidelines:

May be applied directly to the skin, added to your favourite carrier oil, or simply add one or two drops to your favourite shampoo or body care product.

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Neem Spray Kit for Pets
Suitable for Dogs and Cats.

Usage Guidelines:

Mix 15ml (1 tablespoon) of neem oil with one pipette full of emulsifier in 250 - 500ml of warm water. Spray or Sponge on as required.

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Where your pet has fleas, you can be sure your home does too. There are different methods for management and removal, but there are not a lot of household products that are natural to combat fleas, we stock one product we have tried ourselves for combating fleas, but a lot of others include harsh chemicals. There are some things you can do to manage an infestation along with the products:

  • Hoover your carpets daily. This will suction up fleas into your hoover and help hugely with managing a flea infestation. After hoovering take your hoover outside, remove the bag and throw it away. This will minimise any chance of the fleas finding their way out of the hoover and back into your house.
  • Wash all bedding, clothes, blankets etc. If your not dealing with an infestation, this will only need to be done once to rid these items of fleas. If you are dealing with an infestation, I would recommend washing them regularly and keeping them somewhere out of reach of your pets and of fleas.
  • Steam clean carpets. Using a steam cleaner for your carpets will boil the fleas alive, which will kill them off. This should only need to be done once, but if the infestations persists, you can do this as part of a regular cleaning schedule to manage or prevent infestation.
  • Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. This can be used on carpets to rid your home of fleas, as it causes dehydration to the fleas and kills them. It is recommended to use a mask and gloves when doing this, and to ALWAYS use a food grade option, as the non food grade option can get messy and irritate your eyes and throat, aswell as not be healthy if your pet consumes it. Apply a thin layer to your carpet and leave for 2 days before hoovering. It is crucial to make sure it is applied in thin layers so it doesn't cause problems or break your hoover when cleaning.

Wipe out Household Flea Spray By Otodex
Suitable for use around Dogs and Cats.

An innovation in the environmental treatment of fleas and much kinder and safer than standard ones available elsewhere. Adult fleas are rendered permanently immobile and the eggs and pupae are prevented from hatching. This prevents the life cycle and prevents reinfestation.

  • Pesticide free
  • Odourless
  • No need to remove pets from room or open windows.
  • Eliminates allergens by coating fleas and their shells in a silicone trap.
  • Remains active for up to 6 weeks after application.

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I hope this article has helped anyone struggling with a flea infestation, we understand it can be incredibly frustrating trying to find a way to get rid of fleas and we are always keeping an eye out for new products to help with fleas in our pets. If you know of a totally natural flea product you would like to buy from us, please feel free to send us an email through the Contact Us page and we will see if we can stock it. Please feel free to contact us about any of the products provided or for any more information on flea management.

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