Natural Insect Repellent & Shampoo


NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR INSECT REPELLENTS                                                           Flea’s, Tick’s, Mosquito’s & Fly’s

This page provides the following information:

  • Natural Bug Repellent: Made With Essential Oils
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Garlic – Amounts Added To Dogs Food As A Repellent. Benefits also listed.
  • Shampoo: Natural – Homemade – Repellent
  • Flea & Tick Tag:  I just order these tags for my dogs and I’m going to use them along side the Essential Oils and Garlic!   Get Informed:
  • Fleas and Tick Topical Ingredients ARE DANGEROUS!  Despite manufacturers’ claims to the contrary, the ingredients of commonly used topical treatments can and do  enter the pets’ internal systems.  Merial’s website states that fipronil (the active ingredient in Frontline, Parastar, EasySpot and the new over the counter Sentry Fiproguard), is absorbed into the sebaceous glands of the skin which provide a natural reservoir, creating the impression that it does not migrate into the dog’s body.   Dr. Dobozy of the EPA’s Pesticide Division took a look at fipronil and found that it does in fact enter the body and was contained in the fat, organs, urine and feces of dogs.  Laboratory tests have shown that with long term exposure at low doses, fipronil has the potential for nervous system and thyroid toxicity, thyroid cancer, altered thyroid hormone levels, liver toxicity, kidney damage, convulsions, whining, barking, crying, loss of appetite, locomotor difficulty, reduced fertility, fetus mortality, smaller offspring, loss of hair at or beyond the point of application, moist inflammation, chemical burn and itching.  Read the whole article on page 24 here:

A combination of using Essential Oils topically and Garlic mixed in their food is a great deterrent!

Essential Oils:  There are different grades of Essential Oils.  “Genuine & Authentic or Grade A” is when specific care is taken from growing to processing. Others can be processed with chemicals or may even be synthetic!  You know the old saying; you get what you pay for?  A $5.95 .5ml bottle of Essential Oil from the health food store is MUCH less potent than $15.00 for a .5 ml bottle directly from the E-Oil Company!  You’ll end up using more oil AND using it more often actually making it more expensive and less effective!



Alternate the oils in your “Spritz” for effectiveness. For example, use Peppermint one week and then Catnip the next.

A list of companies to purchase Essential Oils from on the internet follows.

SPRITZ:  Mix 20 drops of your choice of Essential Oils with 2 cups of spring or distilled water in a spray bottle, using a funnel.  Keep out of sun and away from heat. You can choose one or more essential oils to make up your own individualized potion!  It is even a great idea to make up two spray bottles with different Essential Oils in each one and use alternately to keep the bugs away! Spritz on daily.  Don’t forget that you can use these on yourself too instead of the “deet”!  Take it along to shows and spray the area that you set up on to keep fleas from party hopping into your party!!! :)

Essential Oils (not massage oils): Quality Essential Oils should cost $13 or more for 15 ml bottle.

  • Rose Geranium
  • Lemon Grass
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Cedar
  • Tea Tree
  • Sweet Orange
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus Blue Gum or Eucalyptus globules
  • Citronella
  • Catnip
  • Yarrow
  • Pine Needle
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint


This is used instead of the Advantix or similar products.  Apply in areas down center of their back, just as you would the commercial brand.  Dot the mixture lightly on to the tips of dog’s ears but not close to eyes. Make sure you test a small spot on your dogs’ skin (for sensitivities) before committing to the whole application.  Repeat when aroma disappears or if they swim or get bathed. You can follow this up with a daily Spritz of the Essential Oil/Water mix.

Recipe: 10-25 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil (or whichever one or two you choose) mixed with 2 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil.  The Almond Oil is used as the “carrier” oil to dilute the essential oil before application. For quality, buy cold pressed or cold expeller pressed Sweet Almond Oil. Using a funnel, place oils in a dropper bottle. You can obtain these bottles from the company that you purchase the Essential Oils from or sometimes find dropper bottles at the health food store or something similar at one of those “make your own perfume” stores.

Word Of Warning:  Although PENNYROYAL (Mentha puleglum) is a natural insect repellent, it could cause liver damage or death to your pet if not used correctly, so this is one essential oil I would NOT recommend using.  Also it could possibly be hazardous to a pregnant mother, human or animal, and to the unborn baby.  This is absorbed through the bare skin and could have disastrous results. So please check labels when choosing a prepared item whether shampoo or repellent.


Diatomaceous Earth:   Be sure to buy NATURAL  DE, not the type sold for swimming pools. This looks and acts similar to baby powder but a courser material. Pour the DE into a shaker type container or reach into the bag with your hand which is a little messy but do-able. Just be aware that it is a dusty/billowy powder, so do it in an opened garage or outside.  And if you have asthma, or upper respiratory problems, you need to wear a mask OR not use at all.  To apply, start at the head and work down to the tail, don’t forget under the tail and in crevices like their arm pits.  Get it down to the base of the skin including underside and legs, but don’t rub into the skin. IF by chance one of your babies has very dry skin either add or change your oil additive to their food (let me know if you need product suggestions).  This is very dry fossil material it will dry out your hands too, almost immediately, so if you have dry skin, wash and then apply hand lotion. This can also be used on bedding and carpets. This acts like cut glass to the fleas and kills them.


I know that some people are afraid the use of garlic will harm their pets as it is in the same family as onions, which are, of course, a definite NO-NO. The following are some quotes by experts to calm you fears so that your dog can reap the benefit of fresh garlic.  It’s not JUST for the bugs! :)

(www.natural-dog-health-remedies) The key to safe use of garlic on dogs is the dosage level and frequency of use. For a dog to develop Heinz-body anemia, he would have to eat over 0.5% of his body weight in onions to even begin the oxidative process. However, garlic should NOT be fed to pets with a pre-existing anemic condition or to those scheduled for surgery. Also, young puppies before six to eight weeks of age should NOT be given garlic because they do not begin reproducing new blood cells until after 6-8 weeks. Not all forms of garlic are the same – garlic that has been cooked under high heat (boiled, roasted, sauteed, etc.) is likely to lose its medicinal properties and a high percentage of its nutrients.  Allicin, the compound in garlic that gives it the strong odor, is very unstable and dissipates quickly when exposed to air, moisture, or heat.

Fresh Garlic Tip:  If you’ve not used fresh garlic before, you’ll need a garlic press. Separate the bulb into cloves. To skin the clove, cut off the tip of each end of the clove.  Then lay your knife, flat, on the top of the clove and hit it with the palm of your hand. This will make the skin peel off easily. Place the clove into the garlic press and squeeze until it come out of the small holes. Take you knife and scrape it off of the holes.  Turn you garlic press backwards so that the little times push out the crushed pieces and add this to the food too.

If you just don’t have the patience to do the fresh garlic, the next best idea is to get “Chopped or Minced Garlic” in a small jar in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. A half teaspoon = 1 clove of garlic!

I’ve given information by two DVM’s so that you can make a decision of the amount used.

Per Dr. Karen Becker:  “Do not feed onions to dogs or cats as it causes hemolytic anemia. Although garlic is in the same family, pets can ingest small amounts of garlic and reap huge benefits. Garlic is naturally anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Garlic, in small amounts, is a wonderful addition to your pet’s diet.”  “Onion toxicity is caused by the metabolite alkaloid n-propyl disulphide which inhibits normal enzyme activity in red blood cells and causes them to denature, producing Heinz body anemia. Garlic is metabolized to allyl propyl disulfide, which does not inhibit red blood cell enzyme activity unless consumed in massive quantities.”

*Small dogs ¼  to ½ clove/day

*Medium dogs a  ½ to 1 clove daily

*45-70# = 1 clove or ½ clove 2 x daily

*75-90# = 1 clove 2 x daily

*over 100# = 1 ½ cloves 2 x daily

Per Dr. Pitcairn:  “I have not seen problems with garlic in the amounts recommended in the recipes I have used.”

*1/8 tsp to each cup of food OR

*10 to 15 pounds – half a clove

*20 to 40 pounds – 1 clove

*45 to 70 pounds – 2 cloves

*75 to 90 pounds – 2 and a half cloves

*100 pounds and over – 3 cloves


  • Boosting the Immune System

Garlic stimulates immune functions in the bloodstream by increasing the activities of killer cells (cells that seek out and destroy invading microbes and cancer cells). It is therefore beneficial for dogs with suppressed immune systems and dogs fighting cancer. Moderate garlic supplementation in the diets of even healthy dogs can boost their immunity and prevent cancer.

  • Fighting Bacterial/Viral/Fungal Infections

Garlic is a powerful antimicrobial and antibiotic and is effective in fighting various forms of internal or external bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, including parasites (e.g. tapeworms) and protozoan organisms (e.g. giardia).

Fresh garlic fed as part of a dog’s diet can fight infections of the mouth, throat, respiratory tract, stomach, or intestines. Crushed garlic diluted in olive oil can be used as a topical antiseptic for minor injuries, ear infections, or ear mites.

  • Enhancing Liver Function

Garlic has detoxifying effects. At least six compounds contained in garlic can enhance liver function by helping the liver to eliminate toxins from the body, thereby preventing toxic accumulation that may lead to cancerous growths.

  • Lowering Blood Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Uncooked garlic mixed in with food helps to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in dogs, making it useful for certain breeds (e.g. miniature schnauzers, beagles) that are predisposed to hyperlipidemia, a condition in which the amount of fats (lipids) in the blood are elevated.

  • Cardiovascular Tonic

A compound in garlic is effective at preventing blood clot formation in the vascular system. It can also reduce cholesterol levels and fat buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Therefore, it is an excellent cardiovascular tonic for older dogs.


Items Needed:

  • Castile Soap (natural, mild human soap) and Vegetable Glycerin (human moisturizer used in lotions) can be purchased at a local health food store or over the internet.
  • Empty Plastic Bottle (you can use a water bottle with a drink valve on top)
  • Essential Oils of our choice
  • Funnel

K-9 Shampoo + Insect Repellent Economical & Natural:
1/2 Cup Castile Soap
1/2 Cup Vegetable Glycerin
1 Cup Water
10 to 20 Drops Essential Cedar Oil (or your choice-see below)
10 to 20 Drops Essential Geranium (Geranium Rose) Oil (or your choice)
Using a funnel, measure and pour water, Castile Soap, and Glycerin into the empty shampoo bottle or water bottle. Add drops of Essential Oils (your discretion as to how much) directly into shampoo bottle. Turn bottle upside down slowly a few times before each use. Keep away from eyes during use.

For a rinse: mix 1/4th cup apple cider vinegar (not other vinegars) to 1 quart of water. Vinegar is also an insect repellent! Organic vinegar from the health food store is the best as it contains live enzymes, but grocery store vinegar will work too! Keep away from eyes during use.


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