Home Remedies for Flea Infestations

 

Did you know that fleas could jump 100 times their own height? Also, a female flea can produce 20,000 eggs in 3 months! And these eggs could hatch in three to six weeks. Talk about skin crawling trivia. Fleas are tiny brown wingless insects which feed on the blood of our pets. And the dreadful thing about them is that, like most parasites, once they find their food source they can be very difficult to get rid of. They can also easily spread to your other pets and throughout your entire home. If you tried to deal with fleas before, you know how frustrating it can be.

There are several home remedies to prevent flea problems for our pets. Adding garlic to a dog’s meals may help them keep free of fleas. The same can also be said if we add sulphur to their diet once a week. Brewers Yeast is available in many health food stores and it may also help repel ticks and mosquitoes. These are not overnight solutions though, and can take about four to six weeks before they can be effective, if at all.

To know if your pet has a flea infestation, examine the animal closely by separating the hair on the animal’s back or belly area. Try to inspect the skin as thoroughly as possible. You might see a flea scuttling by but you will more likely see their traces in the form of small black pebbles. To make sure it is flea dirt (feces), take some wet paper towel and wipe it over areas where the dirt is most prominent. When it dissolves into red blood, you are indeed having a flea problem. You may also see small white specs that look like salt, which are the flea eggs that feed off of the flea dirt once hatched.

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Another natural flea control remedy for keeping your pet flea free is by bathing them. Look for an herbal shampoo which contains a combination of cedar, bergamot, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium. Here’s another trick when bathing your dog. Fleas tend to run to the higher and drier area, in this case, the dog’s head. Don’t soak your dog’s hair with water; instead, pour a thick layer of shampoo all around its head and neck area. Pour only small amounts of water on the soapy area and begin building a thick soapy barrier that will kill the fleas which attempt to pass through it. You can then wet and lather the rest of your pet’s body but always return to massage and lather the neck area. As fleas can be difficult to eliminate, leave the shampoo on your pet for around 15 minutes while continuing to massage the soap deep into the pet’s fur. After this, rinse the animal very well and dry it fully. Once properly bathed and dried, Wondercide Evolv Pet Spray should be used to eliminate any remaining fleas and protect them from picking up more.

If your house is infested with fleas, one solution is to use food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Don’t use pool grade DE. You can purchase Diatomaceous Earth from your local garden, pet or feed store. The diatomaceous earth contains tiny particles which have sharp spines, which puncture the flea and kills it. You may try sprinkling the solution on your carpets and allow it to sit for only a couple of days or so. It may not be safe for your pet to breathe it continually so make sure that you get rid of it as soon as possible. Therefore, you may have to repeat the process several times depending on the severity of the infestation. DE can also be useful in Dog runs or large yards that have constant wild animals like deer, squirrels, and opossums.

More often than not, BioDefense is the best remedy for indoor flea infestations. It can give complete coverage of the home environment in a short period of time and there won’t be powder  (or chemicals) all over your home. The most important fact to remember is ALL INSECTS COME FROM THE OUTSIDE. Therefore, it is imperative that the outdoor environment be treated and maintained to avoid a re-infestation or future problems. Wondercide’s Eco Treat Pro lawn sprayer successfully eliminates all stages of the flea life cycle (egg, larvae, and pupae) which will in turn prevent adults from hitching a ride on your pet.

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