Living on a farm is a great adventure, but it does come with its downsides – one of which is an abundance of pesky creatures. We have no shortage of spiders, earwigs, flies, caterpillars, and of course, fleas and ticks. Summertime is especially bad for fleas around here, and since we have six indoor pets, they present quite the challenge! Since I am not one to want to spray my home and yard with dangerous chemicals, I needed to find a natural solution to try to keep these pests at bay. After several failed attempts, I found a great solution! You can make an all-natural flea/tick repellent with only two ingredients: water and lemon essential oil (note: lemon juice is NOT the same thing and will not have the same effect). The lemon oil is very unappealing to fleas and will repel them from the surface that has been treated.
A few questions/comments have made me realize that I need to specify a few things:
1- While one does need to be very careful of using essential oils on their pets, lemon essential oil IS safe for dogs when applied topically.
2- Do NOT apply this or any essential oils directly to your cats! It is diluted and safe for them to come into contact with when you spray it around your house, but do not put it directly on them. Every cat’s metabolic system is different and you can never be sure about safety of essential oils for them.
3- It has been brought to my attention recently that using citrus oils in plastic containers may cause petrochemicals to leech from the plastic. Since I am only using this to spray around my house, and I go through a bottle usually all at once, I am not terribly concerned about this. However, if you have a glass bottle to use – even better!