I’m always looking for solutions for making sure that my dogs stay tick and flea free. Those little buggers are not only a nuisance, they carry disease.
And I REALLY want my “old ladies” (Millie and Tillie) to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
That’s why I recently I bought a bottle of Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray from Amazon to review.
I’ve often used commercial, insecticide based flea collars, sprays and shampoo and they do work. But I wanted to see if a natural product would work just as well – and be less toxic to my dogs, my family and the environment.
Why I bought the Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray in the First Place
I have Amazon Prime, so I ordered the product from Amazon.com where it currently has 4 out of 5 stars.
For an all natural product 4 out of 5 stars is a very good rating. So I thought I’d give it a shot.
I also really wanted to see, smell, and use the product so I could give you an really thorough review from my perspective.
The last reason I bought it was the price. I was REALLY surprised to see a natural flea and tick product on the market for under $10!
Check the current price for Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray on Amazon.com here.
Below you’ll see both video and more photos of the product so that you can make a good buying decision of yourself.
Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray Reviews
Like most people I like to take a look at the online reviews before buying a product. What I found led me to believe that this home spray might be a good value for the money.
The people that like it REALLY like it. Here’s a typical review from Amazon.
This is an amazing product that works and is safe for your pet and kids. This past summer, we had fleas in our yard for the first time. I treated the yard but the dog’s were still scratching. This not only kept the fleas from jumping on them (their pill only kills fleas once it bites them) but it was soothing the itch as well. Within a week of treating the yard and spraying the dogs with this product…I never saw a flea again. I love that it is safe for my children and that it does not harm the environment. I hope I do not need it again, but if I do…I will purchase again-Amber (Amazon.com)
There are A LOT of these five star reviews on Amazon with folks raving about the product.
Most people liked that you could use this spray both on your dogs and cats as well as on your yard and carpet.
Sometimes Reddit.com also has useful feedback from real users of products. Here’s what one user I found on Reddit is saying.
Fleas and bed bugs are not even in the same category. Pet Armour is a really good topical flea treatment that I use and it can be bought at Walmart. You can flea bomb the house and they are safe to use. Just be sure to properly ventilate and run fans before coming back into the house. I also use Natural Care flea and tick spray from Walmart. It is made with botanical oils and can be sprayed on the cat and furniture. Just make sure to wash bedding and blankets often. Since you have just one cat it should not be too much of a problem to control the fleas. Keep up with being aggressive on keeping the population down. If you treat with topical products or even just the spray that I mentioned above then you should see minimal fleas. For the record, fleas generally don’t prefer humans because their body temp is not high enough (cats have just over 100 degrees as body temp) and cat’s fur is generally more attractive as a habitat for living unlike with us humans.newroeky -Reddit.com
But the reviews aren’t all sunshine and roses. Some people think the product doesn’t work at all.
I tried it several time after bathing my dog and it did not kill on contact and did not repel the fleas. This is a mint air freshener.–Phillip S (Amazon.com)
There aren’t too many of this type of review, but I think it’s important to know that not everyone gets great results with this flea and tick spray.
BUT… I’m always suspicious of products with perfect reviews. It’s really hard to please everyone all the time and a few bad reviews are bound to happen and they usually don’t deter me from trying a product – unless they are all really terrible.
I also think that I know why the people that didn’t like it had a problem with it. I think that maybe they weren’t using the flea and tick spray correctly.
My guess is that they were just spraying it on and not massaging it into their pets fur. I could be wrong, but that seems to be the key to getting it to work well.
Questions and Answers
When I’m looking at new products – especially on Amazon – I also like to look at the Customer Question & Answer section. Sometimes I get some good tips about how to use the product from these sections and the Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray is no exception.
The most important answer showed me why the few reviewers who didn’t like the product because it “didn’t work” had problems.
It’s hard to see in the image above so I broke it out in a quote below, but I particularly like the answer to this question which tells you how to apply the spray in an effective way to your dog or cat.
You have to spray a good layer and rub into the fur and the dead fleas will start coming off onto your hand. I also use this In home to spray carpet, furniture and any items used by the pet. It works great.-Carly (Amazon.com)
I would have NEVER thought to do rub a spray in like that – even though it DOES say it on the bottle. This is very good advice and makes the product work much better.
First Impressions of Natural Care Flea and Tick Home Spray
First, it arrived in two days, just like any other Amazon.com Prime item. And many Walmart stores carry this in stock, so you can get it that way as well.
I knew that the bottle was 14 oz when I got it – it’s in the description – but I was still VERY pleasantly surprised by how BIG the bottle was when I opened the box.
I think what I was expecting was a bottle the size of a typical continuous spray sunscreen bottle. But this bottle was almost TWICE that size.
THAT was a pleasant surprise.
And one thing that REALLY impressed me right off the bat was the spray nozzle.
It has a locking mechanism on the top so that it doesn’t accidentally spray and it’s sturdy plastic (the container is metal).
Sometimes nozzles like this end up being flimsy, but this one moves from spray mode to locking mode with a satisfying click that tells you it’s well made.
The continuous 360 spray also works really well and deposits a fine mist without having to pump a trigger.
Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray Directions
The directions for the spray are printed on the back of the can in TEENY-TINY print. I had to break out my reading glasses to be able to read it.
Here they are in bullet point form to make it easier 🙂
For Use on Dogs and Cats over 12 Weeks Old
- Shake Well
- Lightly spray pet’s entire coat until damp, but not dripping. Do not spray in the face, eyes, nose, mouth or genitals.
- Cover the entire coat, including the legs, tail and stomach.
- Massage into the coat until the product reaches the skin.
- Repeat as necessary.
Can you use Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray on Puppies that are 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 weeks old?
Puppies under 12 weeks old have very sensitive systems and this product is not recommend for them. To remove fleas on small puppies I recommend using a quality flea comb and the puppy approved flea shampoo here.
For Pet Bedding, Pillows, Blankets, Carpet & Rugs or Outdoor Surfaces Including Patio Furniture and Yard.
- Test product. This product is designed to be non-staining however you should always test in a small out of the way area first.
- After testing, spray the surface uniformly with a light mist until moist.
- Avoid soaking. A fine mist is all that’s needed to be effective.
Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray Ingredients
The ingredients are listed on the back of the bottle. I found these easier to read then the instructions. Maybe it’s the white on blue background? I’m not sure.
- Peppermint oil: Fleas don’t like the highly scented peppermint oil and they’ll avoid it.
- Eugenol: This ingredient sounds fancy, but it’s a natural insecticide derived from cloves and kills fleas and their eggs.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: You may recognize this ingredient from your shampoo label. It’s a surfactant that helps the other ingredients combine.
- Water: The carrier for the other ingredients.
- Sodium Benzcate: This is a natural preservative to keep the ingredients from spoiling.
This ingredient list is actually something you can create yourself as well and use in a spray bottle. But I’ve priced the oils and I’m not sure you can effectively make this for much less than the pre-made version.
Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray Side Effects
Most dogs and cats shouldn’t have a problem with this treatment. But some animals do experience skin sensitivity to natural oils like peppermint and eugenol.
Also, some people who are very sensitive to smells find this product irritating. I personally like the smell, but not everyone does.
If your dog has sensitive skin then it’s a good idea to make sure that you test in a small area first to see if they have a reaction.
And if you are particularly sensitive to smells then you may want to apply this in a well ventilated area or outside, because the scent is strong.
What my Dogs and I Think of Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray.
I tried the flea and tick spray on my dogs. And they didn’t mind it at all.
It smells really good. It’s a very herby and strong scent, but in a good way. I do recommend spraying it in a ventilated area.
And there was no reaction to the flea spray on my old dogs’ skin. Which was great news for me.
They didn’t even try to lick it off – I was surprised.
Best of all? I haven’t seen a flea on them since I applied it.
The Bottom Line on my Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray Review.
Overall this is a good product at a fair price. It’s usually under $10 on Amazon.com and many Walmarts carry it as well.
It does the job of getting rid of fleas naturally, and for me it wasn’t irritating and I found the smell pleasant. But some people do find it irritating and for dogs with especially sensitive skin it can be a nuisance.
It also works especially well when used in combination with diatomaceous earth for flea and tick control on pets.
Overall, I really like this product and think you probably will too.
Just remember to rub it in to your dog’s coat! That’s the key to it working!