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Spring usually means outdoor adventure with your pet, blooming flowers, and sadly, fleas. These pests cause many problems to dogs including skin allergies, tapeworm, hotspots, bartonella and anemia.
Rather than investing in expensive flea and tick treatment for dogs or top of the range chemical pesticides, you can consider trying natural products. They are not only safe for you and your pet, but also budget friendly.
Besides, you won’t have to drive all the way to your local store because some of these natural remedies can be found at home. Below we have listed a few natural ways to help you keep your home tick and flea-free.
This flea prevention technique involves making a trap using dish soap and water. Simply place water and soap into a bowl and set it up where you feel there are a lot of fleas. This mixture acts like a glue, which traps fleas because of its viscosity. Set this trap using a fresh mix each day till you get rid of all the fleas. However, if you want good results, set up this trap during the night. Fleas are active during the night.
Herbal Flea spray
You can also try a herbal spray to get rid of fleas in your home. Herbal flea spray consists of non-toxic elements that are readily found at home, which makes it easy to use around children and pets.
Mix vinegar, water, lemon juice and witch hazel inside a spray bottle. Vacuum your home to begin with, and ensure you dispose contents of the vacuum cleaner into a bin. Wash your cushions and beddings thoroughly. Then apply the mixture and be sure to spray generous amounts on carpets, pet bedding, furniture, floor and sills.
Although vacuuming is the most effective way to get rid of fleas, when used along with some baking soda, the result is much better. For baking soda to work properly, sprinkle some onto the furniture or carpet and use a hard brush to rub it in. Vacuum everything thoroughly, empty the contents into your bin.
Like kitchen baking soda, table salt is an excellent flea remedy when used together with vacuuming. It acts like a dehydrator, which is how it is able to kill adult fleas. To use this method, sprinkle some finely ground salt on the carpet in every room. Let the salt sit for about 2 days and then vacuum your home thoroughly. Empty the contents of your vacuum cleaner into a trash bin outside.
Lemon has many applications around your home, and apart from being used to capture wasp stings, it can also be used to get rid of fleas.
Simply use the citrus juice and spray it onto the areas with flea infestation like furniture. To make a lemon spray, slice your lemons thinly, add in some water and boil the mixture. Allow the mixture to stand through the night. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle. Apply the mixture on all the affected places including pet bedding, sofas and chairs. Ensure you do not soak, just dampen.
This material comes from fossilized algae or diatoms. It is in fine powder form and is non-toxic to you. It is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of fleas. It eliminates fleas through dehydration.
To get rid of fleas, sprinkle diatomaceous earth thinly over the infested places. Let the earth do its thing for the next two days. After that, vacuum your home properly, making sure you follow appropriate flea prevention procedures thereafter.
If you opt for this approach, ensure you use food grade diatomaceous earth. While it is not toxic, the powder is known to irritate the throat and eyes. So, wear a face mask to keep yourself protected.
Rosemary is quite effective as a flea control remedy. You can use it to treat minor infestations on your pet too. Most pet parents make powder out of it, which they sprinkle around the home.
When making a remedy out of rosemary, place it in a pestle and add in rue, fennel, peppermint and wormwood and grind them all into a fine powder. Sprinkle this powder on every furniture, carpet, pet bedding and sill. Also apply it anywhere else that maybe hiding fleas. Please note that Rosemary is a repellent, and won’t kill fleas.
Flea repelling plants
Some pet parents prefer to go absolutely green when dealing with fleas. There’s no better way to do that and still get rid of fleas other than using flea repelling plants. You can enlist certain plants with special oils, chemicals and compounds to repel or kill fleas.
There are many plants of this kind that fleas don’t like at all. Planting these plants at home is a great way to keep fleas at bay. These plants include penny royal, lavender, chrysanthemums and spearmint.
Nematodes, known to most people as small worms, eat organic matter. There are several types, good and bad ones. The good ones include Steinerma carpocapsea. They eat bugs and fleas. You simply sprinkle them on your garden and lawn and leave them to do their job.
After 24 hours, they will have killed up to 90 percent of all flea larvae. Plus, they are totally safe where your pet is concerned. Better still, they don’t harm crops or the nice plants you have on your garden.
Sounds quite wacky, but it works! Toss some banana peels on your floor and you are well on your way to a flea-free home. No, the peels don’t magically seek and strangle the life out of those annoying fleas. Bananas have potassium, which is what kills the fleas.
However, don’t leave the peels where your pet can find and eat them. Place them in a room your pet doesn’t frequent. Alternatively, you could tuck the peels out of site so that your pet won’t find them. Once your peels blacken, they lose their magic. You are free to get rid of them.
Fleas and ticks bring a lot of discomfort to you and your pet. No one likes a flea full night, not even your pet. Thankfully, with the information we have provided, you can kick fleas out of your home naturally!