Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help Kill Flea Infestations?


Vinegar is one of many natural flea remedies. Find out how you can use apple cider vinegar (and other types of vinegar) to get rid of fleas in your house.

Using Vinegar to Kill Fleas

Vinegar doesn’t actually kill fleas on contact. It acts as more of a repellent. The smell and taste creates an unfavorable environment for the small pests.

Spraying Vinegar on Your Pets
Apple cider vinegar could be used to repel fleas on your pets. Make a diluted vinegar solution by mixing an equal amount of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Next, spray the solution on your pet’s body. Make sure you avoid the eyes, nose, and ear areas.

Keep in mind that spraying vinegar solution is unlikely to get rid of the fleas completely as it won’t have much of an effect on the flea eggs. A flea infestation on a dog or cat won’t fully disappear until the flea eggs are dealt with.

Feed Your Dogs Vinegar Water
Your dogs may not initially like it but adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water could be another natural way to repel fleas. You could add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to every quart of drinking water.

According to petMD, a teaspoon or two of diluted apple cider vinegar is unlikely to have a negative effect on a healthy canine. Apple cider vinegar, however, should not be fed to cats, especially ones with kidney disease.

Repelling Fleas in Your House
The diluted vinegar spray can also be used to repel fleas in your house. You could spray the diluted vinegar solution on the carpet, pet bedding, sofa, and other upholstered furniture. Have your vacuum cleaner ready to catch any fleas that try to escape.