Vinegar Kills Fleas

vinegar kills fleasVinegar is one home remedy that many pet owners want to know about. It is cheap and readily available, but does vinegar indeed kill fleas? Vinegar Kills Fleas. Sorry to say, but vinegar doesn’t kill fleas. It merely repels them. Vinegar smells terrible, it tastes awful, and it’s very acidic. So it’s no surprise that fleas don’t like it. The most common way to use vinegar is as a diet supplement, but it’s also used topically as a spray or an ingredient in a flea bath. Once the fleas smell or sense the vinegary aura emanating from your pet, they steer clear. However, with its flea-repelling properties, a few health concerns essential for pet owners to know that vinegar kills fleas.

Does Vinegar Kill Fleas?

For one, getting a dog or cat to drink vinegar willingly is somewhat tricky. You have to sneak it into the water dish and hope it consumes enough to make a difference but not too much. Moreover, another name for vinegar is Acetic Acid. Drinking too much can be unsuitable for some animals, especially old or overly sensitive ones, because vinegar can lower body pH. For example, if a cat’s pH falls below 6. It can form calcium deposits in its urine, leading to a severe vet bill.

If you have a picky pet, it may refuse vinegar water altogether, no matter how diluted the mixture is. A better option would be natural Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic Tablets that can easily be slipped into food or a treat. Brewer’s yeast is rich in minerals and B vitamins that promote good health. Garlic has the same repellent properties as vinegar but without the pH-altering effects.

Some Good Options 

External vinegar can also be a preventative measure, but they don’t last very long. They can also dry out your pet’s skin and coat, so it’s not the best choice for those pets with sensitive skin. Luckily, there are much safer and more effective Herbal Defense Sprays available. They use gentler ingredients like citronella, citrus and other natural oils.

The natural supplements and herbal sprays recommended above will work much better than vinegar at repelling fleas from your pet. However, fleas don’t just reside on your dog or cat. Fleas also live in your home, backyard, and playground. Repelling those from your pet will not eliminate your flea problems.

Vinegar Kills Fleas | Natural Flea Powder

This is where an All-In-One Flea Powder can help. These natural powders made from diatomaceous earth are safe for pets but lethal to small insects like ticks and fleas. This natural flea powder kills fleas using a purely physical process that doesn’t involve chemicals. You can use it on the carpets, pet bedding, and the popular areas your pets hang around outside.

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Experienced, researched and written by GRAEME STEPHENS. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 36 years of disinfecting, carpet cleaning and pest control services experience throughout Auckland.

Updated Last: August/29/2023