Apple Cider Vinegar And Dawn For Fleas

Using apple cider vinegar to get rid of fleas

It seems like people use it for everything, but it actually works. I added two cups to her bath water and scrubbed her down with Dawn dish soap, and her fleas dispersed into the bath water. Although fleas can swim, the suds and vinegar kill them.

Is apple cider vinegar effective for fleas in carpets or my yard?

Picture of vinegar on a carpet to repel fleasYes, it is effective, and if you use the DIY indoor spray that I covered in the previous section, ACV can do its part by keeping fleas away from the targeted area. However, if you want my personal opinion, I feel that there are better options for your carpets, as outlined in this article.

The same situation exists for using vinegar in your yard; yes, it will deter fleas, but there are just better tools for the job. For example, beneficial nematodes are very affordable and make short work of them. I feel that the only exception for using ACV would be if you had a tiny garden, and didn’t have any of the options listed in this article at your disposal.

OVER TO YOU: If you have had any success in using apple cider vinegar (over other solutions) in your garden, I would love to hear from you. It is my goal to keep this guide as comprehensive as possible, and would love to include a use case for it. Just leave a comment and I will review it for a potential inclusion.

Does vinegar kill fleas, and will it keep them away?

Apple cider vinegar does not kill fleas, even if they come into direct contact with it. The level of acid contained in ACV is not strong enough to penetrate the hard exoskeleton of the adults, or even the protective coating of their cocoons. That’s the bad news, but don’t be too disappointed. Vinegar is still a good solution for controlling these pests due it being a great natural option for repelling fleas.

The acetic acid contained in ACV gives it a distinctive sharp odor, and this smell is repugnant to them (to be completely honest, I am not a fan of it either). This will not only keep them away but if used correctly, can also rob them of their source of food. Without a constant supply of blood meals, they will eventually die and will be unable to reproduce.

PRO TIP: Female fleas are unable to lay eggs without a blood meal as they are anautogenous insects, which means that they must feed before they can breed. She needs to feed continually to sustain her high metabolic rate to enable her to remain fertile, and without this, she will die in a couple of days. This will make big dent in the overall population, provide the odor doesn’t dissipate too quickly.

Ingredients For homemade flea and tick remedy

  • 8 oz Apple cider vinegar
  • 4 oz Warm water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • FAQ

    How long does it take for apple cider vinegar to kill fleas?

    Mix the vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and apply the mixture directly to your pet’s coat. Finish by working it in with your hands, Allow the solution to dry; do not wash it off. After 20 minutes, you can use a flea comb to brush out any fleas. Repeat every couple days to maintain the effectiveness.

    How much vinegar and Dawn kills fleas?

    Drown any fleas on the comb by placing it in a bowl with soapy water. Flea combs can be purchased at any pet supply store and are an inexpensive must-have for pet owners. Additionally you can pour ½ to 1 cup vinegar to the Dawn bath solution.

    Does Dawn and vinegar kill flea eggs?

    If Dawn is effective and gentle enough for wildlife, you may be wondering if it can kill those pesky fleas on your cat or dog, too. While Dawn dish soap can kill fleas, it’s not the most effective or efficient method, and it won’t prevent flea infestations.

    Can I wash my dog in apple cider vinegar for fleas?

    For minor flea infestations, washing your dog with a gentle shampoo, followed by a thorough rinse then spraying on apple cider vinegar diluted with an equal amount of warm water. Allow your dog to drip or shake dry. The vinegar rinse will acidify your pet’s skin making it unattractive to fleas and ticks.