We all know fleas are gross and hard to manage. Did you know tea tree oil for fleas is an effective treatment as well as preventative? This is one of the best natural pest control strategies to try when insects are so hard to see.
Tea Tree Oil for Fleas
Tea tree oil contains toxins called terpenes which gives the oil its antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. Fleas will steer clear of these types of toxins, making it a good flea-repellant. Tea tree oil uses include anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that will relieve itchiness, kill any bacteria, and reduce the swelling.
Quick Facts about Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree. In the eighteenth century there were sailors who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast.
Tea tree oil is derived from the tea tree plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, and is native to Australia. Indigenous Australian people have used the oil to treat skin issues since they first made a poultice of the leaves and covered their skin with the homeopathic remedy. There are so many health benefits of essential oils that help issues of the body.
Does Tea Tree Oil Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs?
Tea tree oil interferes with a flea’s nervous system and the oil can also block their tracheas, without which they can’t survive. Tea tree oil is safe for topical use on dogs and people at the correct dilution rate. Read more about How to Dilute Tea Tree Oil for Dogs here.
How Do You Use Tea Tree Oil for Fleas?
Using Tea Tree Oil for Bites on Skin
- Wash the bites with a soap and water.
- Put two drops of tea tree oil in 1/4 cup of carrier oil of your choice (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc).
- Use a cotton ball or q-tip and apply directly onto each bite.
Using Tea Tree for Fleas in the Home
If your house has fleas, you can use tea tree oil to help control the problem. Don’t use this if you have pets, as they can lick the oil where you’ve applied it.
- Fill a 33oz spray bottle with water and add 20 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil and 1 cup of witch hazel. Shake vigorously to mix and spray it on your carpets, flooring, and furniture.
- You can repeat this every 2-3 days, and shake the solution each time you use it.
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