Do Natural Flea Treatments Actually Work?
This is another top question we receive on our website and social media channels.
The short answer is yes they do but it depends on your situation.
In the event that your dog already has fleas, chances are pretty high that they are also in their bedding, towels and across the rest of your house. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day and so at that rate you can see how quickly infestations spread.
In cases like this, simply placing a natural collar on your dog is not going to miraculously kill the thousands of fleas which have set up residence in your home.
You are going to need a 'nuclear option' in terms of chemical sprays, drops and shampoos to rid yourself of the problem. Many over the counter solutions exist, check the reviews to see which are most effective. Your vet can also help if you have the time and budget for this option.
Once your pet and home is clear of fleas then you are highly motivated to stop them coming back. This is where a natural flea prevention collar is very useful.
They are made with natural essential oils, such as citronella and eucalyptus which repel fleas, ticks and other biting insects. You may be familiar with citronella if you holiday in Mediterranean countries, as citronella candles are widely used in outside restaurants and bars to ward off mosquitoes.
Prevention collars are particularly helpful if your dog socialises with others in the park or other people's homes. Vet's surgeries and groomers are also possible areas to pick up unwanted pests.
Ticks are found in long grass and heath lands, so if you go for walks in the country always check your dog frequently for ticks. They can be removed one at a time with tweezers or other tools, but again prevention is better than cure.