Fight Fleas with Rosemary or Eucalyptus Shavings

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)

Your dog goes in and out of the house probably multiple times a day. It's not unlikely that your dog could track in not only dirt from the yard, but fleas as well. Fleas are most obnoxious to the actual pet, but can a burden for you—the pet owner—yourself. If you notice that your pet is starting to bring in fleas from outside, here is a tip for using rosemary or eucalyptus shavings to help fight fleas.

You can first try putting rosemary or eucalyptus shavings under where the pet sleeps to keep fleas away. The smell from the shavings lingers on the pets coat and fleas outside will give it a miss. You can also make a rosemary rinse for your pet. In a small pot of boiling water, steep two teaspoons of rosemary. Once it cools, sponge it onto your pet's coat. When the smell starts to wear off, repeat the process to keep your pet flea free.

You can find rosemary and eucalyptus shavings just about anywhere that sells herbs and the like. Check the herbs and spices aisle, and if you can, try and purchase rosemary or eucalyptus that is fresh. The fresher the scent, the more powerful the remedy. Something you could try to further lessen your cost is to grow the plants yourself. These are plants that can easily be grown in your backyard and that could actually help a lot to keep fleas out of your yard, and not just off your dog.

If your pet is heavily infested with fleas then you should consult your vet. Rosemary and eucalyptus may not do the trick entirely if the problem is severe. The sooner you treat the problem—whether it be with rosemary or eucalyptus or with professional care—it will make your pet feel a whole lot better.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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