Killing Fleas with Vinegar – Keeping your Pekingese Free from Fleas and Ticks


Killing Fleas with Vinegar – Keeping your Pekingese Free from Fleas and Ticks

Every pet parent out there must have an experience of flea infestation at home one way or another. And I bet that you are all trying to find a treatment that would keep those pesky critters away. Killing fleas with vinegar is a home treatment that would help you keep your dog and your home flea-less!

Vinegar as a home remedy for fleas is something every pet owner out there would want to know more about. It is inexpensive, readily available and effective. So, how does it work? Vinegar really doesn’t kill the fleas, per se. It only repels them to the point that they would rather starve to death than go near your dog who smells like vinegar. And this is how they would be killed. Vinegar smells bad, acidic and tastes bad, thus its no surprise that the ticks and fleas dislike it. And the most common method to use vinegar is as a diet supplement, as a spray or as a part of his bath. And once the fleas smell or sense the presence of vinegar from your pet, they stay away.

However, every pet parent should know that using vinegar regularly has its health concerns. Letting your dog drink vinegar (acetic acid) too much is bad for your dog since it would affect his pH level and may prone to form calcium deposits on his urine which is a serious matter.

Using vinegar externally works fine but it won’t last very long. But this won’t also work for a dog who has sensitive skin since it would dry out your pet’s coat and skin. On the bright side, there is a much more safer preparation which is the defense spray that contains other herbal ingredients such as citrus, citronella and other oils.

Killing Fleas with Vinegar

Vinegar is very acidic and sour, and fleas just hate it. So mostly it just repels them. The theory is that a flea would starve before it would go near a pet who smells like vinegar. So this is how vinegar kills fleas.

Source: Maine Coon Cat Nation,

How to Use Vinegar as a Treatment

  1. Flea Bowl. To check how bad is the flea infestation in your place is, go get a shallow bowl and mix vinegar with soapy water and leave it next to a light. Leave it there overnight and check if there are fleas that drowned the following day.
  2. Vinegar Spray. Get a spray bottle and fill it with water and 2 tbsp of vinegar and spray it on your pet’s coat in between baths. Furthermore, spray this solution on your pillows, furniture, bedding and curtains and add various oils in order to act as natural deodorizer.
  3. Water. In your pet’s fresh water bowl add a tsp of apple cider vinegar. The smell may be strong and your pet may not drink the water, if this happens, lower the dose of the vinegar. There are also capsule form of vinegar that are sold in the convenience store. Ticks and fleas are repelled by the scent of vinegar on your dog’s skin as well as it also boosts his immune system and as a natural deodorizer too.
  4. Bathe. Try bathing your dog with soap and vinegar. Fill your tub with lukewarm water and 1/2-1 cup of vinegar and same amount of soap as well. Soak your pet in the solution for at least 5 minutes and lather him clean from head to toe. Prevent any solution getting into his ears and eyes.

Killing fleas with vinegar is your cheap and practical maintenance method to keep all those annoying ticks and fleas at bay. It may not kill the fleas right away — if it does, all those flea product companies would go bankrupt.  Vinegar would kill the fleas in a subtle way and it would be effective if you are constant with it.

How do you handle your flea and tick problems at home? Share your tips and secrets with us below.



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  1. The same thing The same thing happened to my cat, I was told it was an alrelgic reaction to the flea+tick medication. And keeping him alive for an extra few months after the seizures started is just torture, she should of had him put to sleep the day the seizures started. Seizures are BAD, don’t make your pets suffer.. no matter how much you’ll miss them.

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