How to Make Flea and Tick Spray for Pets

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In my opinion, a homemade flea and tick spray should be used in addition to a prescription preventive. Not in place of.

You cannot be too careful when it comes to fleas and ticks.

The severity of the threat also depends on where you live.

Here in Illinois, we are warned about ticks all the time.

I don’t ever want to mess around with our prevention methods.

However, a DIY flea and tick spray is perfect for summer when you really can’t be too safe.

Bottle of homemade flea and tick spray

When it’s nice out, we try to go on more walks and adventures with the dogs. Many of our go-to places are in the woods.

Our dogs take an oral flea and tick preventative, but this spray smells awesome and seems to keep all sorts of bugs away.

Essential oils are very effective and they are safe when used properly.

They also give your pet’s coat a nice fresh scent, so that’s an added bonus.

I suggest that you always opt for 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils when creating DIY’s for yourself or your pets no matter what brand you favor.

Pouring witch hazel into blue bottle

I apply peppermint oil on myself before every walk. It seems to help keep bugs away quite a bit.

Come to think of it, there’s no reason I can’t use this spray myself!

Flea and tick spray bottle sitting next to dog toy

DIY Homemade Flea and Tick Spray

What you need:

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part Witch Hazel
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

You will also need:

  • Dark colored spray bottle, 4 oz.
  • Plastic pipettes

Directions:

  1. Use blue or amber colored glass bottles as essential oils can lose their potency when exposed to UV rays and they also eat away at plastic.
  2. Fill bottle halfway with water, fill the remainder of the way with witch hazel.
  3. Add essential oil and shake well to combine.
  4. Coat your dog’s fur generously with the spray, shake before each use to combine all the ingredients well.
  5. If you find you are using the spray frequently, you can double or triple this recipe, so you don’t have to make it as often.
Spraying dog with flea spray
Yield: 4 oz

Homemade Flea and Tick Spray

How to Make Flea and Tick Spray for Pets

A spray to use in addition to your vet's recommended flea and tick prevention.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 2 oz Water
  • 2 oz Witch Hazel
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

Tools

  • Dark colored spray bottle, 4 oz.
  • Plastic pipettes

Instructions

  1. Fill bottle halfway with water.
  2. Fill the rest with witch hazel. Leave a little room for the oils.
  3. Add essential oils using the pipettes.
  4. Shake well to combine.

To Use

  1. Shake before each use.
  2. Spray on your dog, coating the fur generously with the spray, before heading outdoors.

Notes

It's important to use blue or amber colored glass bottles. Essential oils can lose their potency when exposed to UV rays, and they also eat away at plastic.

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13 Comments

  1. Our pets have fleas pretty bad here and we’ve tried everything to get rid of them. As of right now we mostly give them flea baths to lessen the amount. I’m totally for trying this method out!! Awesome!! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad I found this and wished I had found it before now. Even though we use preventative meds for our dogs they spend a lot of time outside in a fenced yard and still tend to bring some inside. I will be making this this coming week to use with the preventative to help take care of the few they have. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. We have horrible ticks where I live and even with the prescription tick meds my dog still gets a fair amount of ticks. I will have to try this.

    1. Hi Charu! This was given to me for “pets”. I just happen to have dogs, so I know more about them than cats. I would ask your vet just to be 100% sure. Thanks! 🙂

    1. We do it before walks or really anything outdoors. There have been tick-sitings even in our backyard, so the spray doesn’t hurt as added protection. The spray is in addition to their monthly preventative from the vet, though. I wouldn’t use spray alone. Hope that helps. 🙂

    1. Hi Georgia! It’s a blend of essential oils, so it should be fine in your home. However, if you have a flea and tick problem indoors, I would call a professional. Thank you!

    1. Hi Misty! I do it when they are dry. Damp would probably be okay, but not straight out of the water. You can massage it into the skin a bit, too. 🙂

    1. All of the ingredients are safe to spray on people, as well — with caution, of course. I would check each of your essential oils to make sure they are good for topical use. Otherwise, do a patch test on your skin first. Or just spray your clothes.

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