Rated 5 out of 5 by DianaBanana Very effective
Since this is not a toxic "total destruction" pesticide, you need to be persistent about your flea routine, but overall, the results are great. I don't expect to never see fleas again, but if my cats don't scratch more than occasionally, I think we're all happy. I was fighting fleas with various natural products for many weeks, and what finally worked was the following routine.
I bought the cats some collars, and put a few drops of essential oils on the collar to repel the fleas. After online research to determine what is safe for cats, I use either lemongrass or rosemary--lemongrass smells better but I do alternate with rosemary sometimes. At the beginning, I usally had to reapply every 24 hours (whenever I saw the cat scratching), but now we often go days. I reapply at the first sign of more than casual "I'm itchy" scratching. After trying a few cheap collars, I settled on the CritterGear brand from Amazon, because they are nylon covered with cotton fabric, and cotton holds the oils better than other fabrics. I apply the oil to the part that rounds up under the buckle, because it's two layers thick and the oil is unlikely to get to the cat's skin. Previously I'd made the mistake of applying it to a nylon collar, and the oil went through and burned the cats' necks. It worked, but I felt terrible when I saw their raw skin and blood on the collars!
Assuming the fleas then mostly "abandoned ship" and went into the environment (my carpet), I regularly vacuumed the whole house and sprayed carpets and all soft furniture or places where the cats slept, with Vet's Best Flea & Tick Home Spray (all the products I mention from her on are from Chewy). I also tried Natural Chemistry Natural Flea Spray for Cats and Natural Chemistry DeFlea Pet & Bedding Spray for Cats (which are basically the same). I treated the cats with those several times before starting on the collar method, and it worked but the collars are more pleasant for the cats. However, if I find a flea on a cat and remove it, I use a bit of this spray to kill it. Much easier than squashing! I know you can keep a bowl of alcohol nearby when removing fleas, but I never know when I'm going to need it.
It's also very important to use a lint roller and clean all the places the cats sleep or lounge, to pick up any flea eggs that have dropped off them. After doing this for a few weeks, I found fewer and fewer, and now hardly do it at all.
Lastly, for bolstering the cats' immunity to fleas, I believe high-quality food is essential. My cats have been happy and healthy for years on Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Dry Cat Food, which I buy here two bags at a time on autoship to get a discount and free shipping. Fleas only became a problem again when I moved and they were stressed for a few months. Previously I had the flea problem under control, seemingly by just keeping the cats healthy. They were indoor/outdoor cats before the move, and having a sudden flea problem while only in the house didn't make sense unless the cats' immunity was down. I have read in many places that fleas only infest an unhealthy animal. I've found this to be true, in my limited experience.
I've also tried various brewer's yeast pills, and some are too large or too hard for the cats (I break the large ones and stir into canned food). The most recent brand I bought here was Four Paws Brewers Yeast Garlic Flavor Tablets and they are the most palatable I've found. The cats get one in their end-of-day "treat" (a spoonful of canned food) most nights.
The reason I'm posting this here is that after ordering both the Vet's Best house spray and yard spray (I sprayed the porch area where the cats go out), I realized they were the same formula but the house spray is more diluted. The yard spray gets diluted 1:30 when you attach it to the hose. So I've been refilling my house spray with this formula and it really saves money. Really, the company should sell this as a concentrate to mix yourself. I hope they don't mind us figuring out such a money-saving strategy! But the products all work well and as others have mentioned, they smell good, too--making it an even more pleasant experience. I'm so glad someone has figured out how to combat fleas without poisoning the people and the animals at the same time!
November 3, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Upset23 Doesn't really work
I used both the indoor and outdoor sprays, and I still find ticks on my dogs. I do however find dead ones on my carpet & pets bedding. So it semi-works
September 27, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by J2354 Didn't work
Didn't work. Spent all day Saturday spraying and cleaning and I still have dogs with fleas.
September 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rebecca3 This product is amazing
I love this product! The yard spray is the same as the house pray just stronger, so I use the yard spray in the house and it leaves a nice Rosemary smell. I love that this product is all natural and isn't a lot of scary chemicals.
September 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by king Very good essential oil flea spray.
I have been using this for a few months now. I spray my carpets and furniture a couple times a week. Makes the house smell good and no fleas. Nice that it is all natural.
August 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by lori Have noticed improvement
I use this in our yard every two wks and have noticed less and less fleas on our dogs..this product is easy to use and works well..I love that it is safe for my family and our fur babies...will purchase again..
August 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by pethugger Natural/Safe/Effective/Econmical
So happy to find a product that I can feel good about using and know that it will work as claimed. Due to weather conditions there is flea infestations everywhere and this product has worked to reduce many pests in our yard. The price is better by 5 times than the first pesticide that I used where I had to remove pets for 24 hours after spraying.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dartman Safe and Effective
The peppermint oil has a pleasant smell when it is applied and it works well in keeping the bug population down, especially ticks. It is also safe for your pets. I will continue to use it as a maintenance for my yard.
August 17, 2016