Homemade Flea & Tick Spray for Pets

Homemade Flea and Tick Spray

With three dogs and a cat, we’re always looking for ways to save on pet products. Unfortunately, one of our dogs did contract Lyme disease several years ago in our back yard. Since the collars are so expensive ($15 per pet/per month), and we would be forking out $45 per month, we decided on an all-natural homemade solution for flea & tick repellent for our pets that we spray and comb through their fur each day.  While this is more work, it definitely put s more money back in our wallet!


  • 8oz. apple cider
  • 4oz. warm water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4-5 drops of Essential Oil (optional)
  • (You can use any of the following, but do NOT spray near your pet’s eyes). I get all my essential oils for cleaning and DIY remedies from Young Living.
    • Geranium Essential Oil
    • Juniper Essential Oil
    • Rosewood Essential Oil
    • Thyme Essential Oil
    • Grapefruit Essential Oil
    • Oregano Essential Oil
    • Myrrh Essential Oil
    • Palo Santo Essential Oil
    • Purification Essential Oil


  • Spray Bottle
  • Funnel


1. Pour all ingredients into spray bottle.

2. Apply to pet and brush daily to every other day.

3. Comb through fur.

4. Still do a daily check for ticks/fleas whether or not you spray that day or not.

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  1. RikkiW says

    Also keep in mind that if you do happen to get a flea infestation all you have to do is sprinkle salt on the carpet and it a day or so it will kill the fleas. Just vacuum and reapply!! TADA!!

  2. Teran says

    Any idiot who uses a flea collar clearly doesn’t know how fleas and ticks work lol. This is useless. Yea, it’ll repel any trying to get into your home, but not any already on you or on your animals unless you intend to spray yourself and them every single time.

    Source: I worked for a vet hospital.

    • Jim says

      We used flea collar on our angora (long hair?) kitty. all of the fur under it was gone when we checked it a year or so later. It never grew back. last time for flea collar.

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