A boxer dog sitting sadly in the grass

Ah, summer. The time of year when everyone wants to come out of hiding and enjoy the great outdoors. People aren’t the only ones coming out in droves, however. Pesky insects that bite, sting, and invade the home are plentiful, and can cause some serious problems for people and pets. 

Unfortunately, the ingredients in most insecticides and insect repellents are pretty toxic. Keeping your pet safe while you get rid of buggy things is our aim at Naperville Animal Hospital. Let The Pet Experts give you some suggestions for pet friendly insect control just in time for summer.

Eco- and Pet-Friendly Insect Control

If you want some quick solutions to insect control, there are several products on the market that are deemed pet safe. 

Some of the best rated products are:

  • EcoSmart Home Pest Control
  • Summit Mosquito Dunks
  • NatureShield Insect & Pest Control
  • True Stop Fire Ant Killer
  • Natural Chemistry Natural Botanical Yard & Kennel Spray
  • Simply Green Pest Control
  • Herbal Armor

Keep in mind that even organic and non-toxic sprays can affect some pets. Always use caution with any kind of household and yard sprays by using them when your pet is in a separate area, waiting for the product to dry before bringing your pet back out. 

DIY Pet-Friendly Pest Solutions

Making your own pet-friendly insect control products is a great way to save money and ensure the contents of anything you use. There are several plants that grow in the garden that repel fleas and ticks, such as:

  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm

Popular websites like Herb Quarterly and Pinterest are loaded with natural and effective DIY recipes. Check out the following few time-tested sprays.

Dust Mite and Flea Oil Spray

Use equal parts of any of these essential oils:

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Clove 
  • Peppermint

Mix with a full spray bottle of water. Apply this mixture weekly on bed covers, couches, curtains, and other linens.

Vinegar and Apple Fruit Fly Trap

Find a small narrow glass container, such as a thin vase with a larger or wide bottom.

Chop one apple and place in the bottom, then cover the mix with apple cider vinegar. It will attract the flies, but they cannot escape the smooth glass. Dump the contents in a trash can outdoors and refill every two days.

Peppermint Pest Spray 

This can be used to prohibit any flying insects, like houseflies to mosquitoes, from plaguing the home.

Find a suitable spray bottle and add the following:

  • 20 drops of peppermint oil
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerine
  • Water to fill the bottle

Shake the ingredients before use and spray around doorways, windows, and other places where pests enter, as well as on patio furniture.

We hope these suggestions will be put to good use in your home this summer. If you would like more information on pet friendly insect control or have your own bug off recipes to share, we would love to hear from you. Please give The Pet Experts a call!