DIY Flea Collar

AAAAaaaargh!  We’ve got fleas!  We have never had a flea problem until we moved to Texas.  We have always treated our pets once a month, but here in Texas, it didn’t help at all.  Last year we hired an exterminator to come and spray the house and yard.  We welcomed winter and the end of any flea threat.

Oscar and Charlie Sunning Themselves

Oscar and Charlie Sunning Themselves

Here we are in mid-March and we have already discovered fleas on our dogs.  They were immediately taken to the bathroom for a flea bath and spray.  Why is this happening?  The exterminator just came and sprayed.

We adopted our little Charlie that was found at the stables where our daughter rides.  He’s the cutest chocolate and cream chihuahua.  He was so infested with fleas that when we first picked him up we took him straight to get a flea dip.  We spent the next 30 minutes coming fleas out of him.  How can such a little dog have so many fleas?  I think he had his weight in fleas on him. Charlie hasn’t come without any issues.  We have often wondered what challenges and abuse he suffered in the few months of life he had lived before making his way into our hearts and homes.

Charlie on the day we got him ~ Halloween Day 2014

Charlie on the day we got him ~ Halloween Day 2014

He never knew where his next meal was coming from.  This was evident when at Christmas he found a clear plastic thumbtack and quickly picked it up and ran to chew it.  For Valentines my sweet husband sent me a dozen red roses.  As I pulled the roses out to put in a vase a few crumbles of green floral foam fell on the kitchen floor, he quickly ate it up!  Poor guy!  We feed him twice a day, but he still looks for food.  We have eight oak trees and two ash trees that seem to always be dropping acorns and nuts.  Charlie is constantly working to open and eat them.

He is terrified of men.  Each time he sees a man or hears one walking he begins to growl and bark.  He does not like Dad kissing Mom or our daughter. Tonight he was sleeping under my comforter on my bed when a tapestry my husband had hung fell off the wall.  The pole hit the ground loud and hard.  It scared me.  It terrified him.  Charlie came out of the covers, looked over and saw the pole partially standing on end, jumped off the bed so hard and fast he skidded into our rocker.  He hit with such force and speed that he slid across the room into the door and ran out the hallway.  I finally have him calmed down and sitting on my chest, but he is on constant alert and keeps looking over to where the pole was.  We removed the pole from the room and shut the door to the pole’s new home.

Charlie has brought such joy into our home.  He makes us laugh so hard.  He loves us.  He entertains us.  I didn’t want another dog, but Charlie has wormed his way into my heart and I am in love.

But, back to the fleas.  This year I am going to try this DIY Flea Collar recipe.

DIY Flea Collar with Essential OilsDIY Flea Collar ~ Essential Anew
½ tsp. rubbing alcohol
1 drop Cedarwood EO
1 drop Lavender EO
1 drop Citronella EO
1 drop Thyme EO
4 garlic capsules
1 soft pet collar

Break garlic capsules open and add the contents to the mixing bowl. Blend your ingredients together and pour it over the collar until fully absorbed. Let dry before putting around your pet’s neck. It should be effective for one month.

Fleas, just like mosquitoes, do not like the taste of garlic. I am going to start squeezing a little garlic oil on the dog’s food each day to keep those pesky fleas away. I’ve got some of that pre-chopped garlic in my fridge, it is preserved in oil, I will try using that oil on their food.

Let me know what you do to keep fleas off of your pets.  Have you tried a DIY Flea Collar?