Fleas are a great nuisance, although they are too small to see easily. Do you know the female flea can lay many small eggs, and you may be shocked to know that they can lay 40 to 50 eggs in a day? They can create a troublesome situation for the pets and also for the pet owners. You then scratch after they bite you. If you or your furry friend is sensitive to them, you can’t bear their saliva even.
Fleas don’t need to bite you many times, but just one or two bites can irritate you more. It can give you a tough time when it gives you the rash or swollen area around bites. Some people find a natural way to tackle them and want to use some oil for this purpose, like a tea tree.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil, which is also known as ‘melaleuca oil’ can be made from the steam distillation of leaves and terminal branches of the tea tree that belonged to the Australian tree ‘Melaleuca alternifolia.’ Tea tree essential oil has been used for about 100 years in Australia. You can also found worldwide in both conditions as a plain oil and as an active ingredient in many other products. This oil is also used in many skincare products all over the world.
Some Benefits Of Using Tea Tree
It is beneficial in many other aspects like the use against acne or some skin melodies, anti-fungal products, insect bites. Another thing is to make some homemade cleaning solutions. You can repel mosquitoes by tea tree as it is used in bug sprays. It can calm you by swelling, redness, or inflammation conditions. When you apply tea tree essential oil on the skin, it helps you to relieve dryness. It is sold in undiluted with extremely potent, so you have to dilute it heavily when going to apply it on animals.
Is Tea Tree Oil Safe For Pets?
The use of tea tree oil is risky if ingested. It has toxicity and not good for cats or small pups. You can’t use it in pure form because it has some serious side effects on pets when using directly on the skin. If you have these four-legged pets at home, you know that they lick their skin in order to groom themselves, so it’s easy to ingest by them. Some people use it on their pets for yeast infection or also for flea prevention. It has some limitations. That’s why it’s not recommended on cats or dogs as a flea treatment.
Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Fleas?
Some people use tea tree oil to repel fleas on their pets or inside the house. If using as a home cleaner or against fleas, yes! It works. When using on animals, you would never use it in a pure or undiluted form. You first have to dilute it in a high amount and then use it. The percentage should be 0.1 to 1 just, which is a very little amount and you can’t mix it easily in water because it’s oil and the addition of oil and water is too difficult. Although, you can use it if you have it in the diluted form with the right percentage.
How To Use Tea Tree Oil Safely On Pets?
One thing that can make it safe to use with animals. It’s also to check the oil first when you are going to buy it. If there is something with 100% safe written on the label, it doesn’t mean that it can’t harm you or your pet. Tell the seller that for which purpose, you’re going to use it at home. Also, know about the risk factors and make sure that your pet will never ingest it. Prescription written on the label must be followed.
Only use it under your veterinarian’s instructions and always use a diluted tea tree on the skin. The safest percentage, as aforementioned 0.1-1% that’s no more toxic for the animals. If you are an adult or having kids at home, never consume it orally and also prevent your kids from this. In the case of an animal, take much care. Never leave the bottle of this essential oil in the areas where they can approach. Use it in the right concentration to avoid its toxicity because it has some serious side effects on pets.
You can use the commercial flea treatment as it is safe to use and also tested for prevention. Another positive aspect for you that it also affects the upcoming generation of fleas and slows down the procedures of its next generations.