Fighting pests: how to defend yourself naturally


Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and parasites are a serious threat to the health of dogs and cats. These pests annoy and weaken our pets with their bites and can transmit diseases or trigger allergic dermatitis.

Some of these diseases can also be transmitted to people, especially vulnerable individuals such as children, the elderly or the sick.

To protect Fido and Puss from the pest danger, nature provides us with valuable allies: essential oils.

Essential oils are plant extracts obtained by pressing from leaves, fruits or even the whole plant. Because of their intense fragrance, you can use them to create a scent barrier that helps keep stinging pests away.

But what are the plants endowed with these characteristics, and how are they used?

Neem
Neem is a tree native to India and Burma. Insects hate the aroma of neem, so much so that this plant is the only one saved during locust invasions. The essential oil is obtained by cold-pressing the seeds and has repellent activity against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and parasites.

Manuka
Manuka is a shrub growing in New Zealand, a relative of our myrtle, characterized by beautiful white or pink flowers. Their scent is an irresistible lure for bees, and manuka honey is highly prized because this plant is in fact grown without using any pesticides that are harmful to health. In fact, manuka leaves contain essential oils, which naturally protect them from harmful bacteria and insects.

Cloves
Cloves are best known for their use in cooking. But did you know that keeping a bag of them in the closet helps keep moths and other insects away?

Again, credit for this goes to the smell of these buds, from which an oil with antibacterial, antiviral and repellent action can be made.

Oregano
Let’s stay in the kitchen to talk about oregano! Besides being a delicious condiment, oregano also has insecticidal properties, particularly effective against adults and lice larvae.

The essential oil is extracted from the whole plant, harvested at peak flowering time, when the concentration of antiparasitic substances reaches its maximum level.

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