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How should I bathe my pet to help rid my home of fleas?

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Bathing your pet can help rid your home of fleas. You don’t have to use a flea bath, but make sure the soap you use is safe for your pet.

An essential oil may also help keep fleas away. But know that some dogs and cats may have problems with oils that have citrus, cinnamon, clove, d-limonene, geranium, tea tree, lavender, linalool, bay, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, or rue.

If you use only a little, pets are less likely to have problems with lemongrass, cedar wood, peppermint, rosemary, or thyme.

SOURCES:

ASPCA: "Pet Care: Fleas."

Government of Western Australia Department of Health: "Fleas."

Natural Resources Defense Council: "Control Fleas Without Chemicals," "Chemical Culprits: Flea-Control Chemicals."

PawRescue.org: "Bathing and Shampooing Your Dog."

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: "How to Manage Pests."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on March 7, 2019

SOURCES:

ASPCA: "Pet Care: Fleas."

Government of Western Australia Department of Health: "Fleas."

Natural Resources Defense Council: "Control Fleas Without Chemicals," "Chemical Culprits: Flea-Control Chemicals."

PawRescue.org: "Bathing and Shampooing Your Dog."

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: "How to Manage Pests."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on March 7, 2019

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