Got Fleas Problem? Try These Proven Home Remedies Today
If you keep pets at home, then it shouldn’t be a great surprise when you discover that there are fleas in your environment.
It seems like the natural order of things: pets are the calling cards for fleas. And once you begin to have fleas around your house, they tend to get out of control and overwhelm your entire living space.
That also is the order of things when you’re dealing with fleas.
These creepy, blood-sucking insects are the scourge of all furry, cold-blooded mammals.
They are scratchy and itchy, and can really get under the skin (literally) of some of your adorable household pets like dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys andsheep.
But not just animals; sometimes, people can become victims of fleas as well.
They can be everywhere at once: on the animals, on the furniture, on the lawns, underneath the carpet, behind wall papers and frames, in the floorboard, in your book shelf, on the draperies and even on your clothes!
Then when you finally get upset and call in the ‘exterminator’, you fumigate your home and you can finally heave a sigh. Bye-bye to fleas, you think.
Then after a season, you realize; not quite!
Because, the thing with fleas is that they’re quite resilient little blood suckers.
They have this annoying way of always bouncing back from the brink.
You kill them, and then there they are again.Your animals begin to itch, and you sigh again. But in hopelessness this time.
However, tough as they might be, fleas are not invincible. Far from it.
They can be eradicated from your home for good.
Below, we have presented a number of very viable options to both prevent fleas and get rid of them from your environment entirely.
How To Prevent Fleas From Over-Running Your Home
1. Pay Attention To Your Pet Health:
This is utterly important. Insects like fleas thrive in unhealthy environments.
They deliberately seek out sick animals.
So if you have unhealthy dogs and cats around, you’re more like to have fleas’ problem than if the animals were vibrant and healthy.
So pay close attention to your dog’s health. Ensure they get a checkup periodically.
If you can, and you should, take them to the vet and ensure they’re in top shape always.
Let their diet by rich and plentiful in vital nutrients to boost their health, such as meat, oily fish and eggs.
Foods like fermented vegetables, poultry and Brussels sprout are also very important.
They supply your dog all the needed proteins, vitamins, sulfur, omega 3 and 6 fatty-acids and probiotics.
2. Clean Regularly With Disinfectants:
To begin with, your best bet preventive measure should be cleanliness.
Clean home environment regularly.
But don’t just clean; use disinfect as well.
Within safety limits, use some disinfectants and chemicals to clean your home.
Don’t rely on just your regular soaps and detergent alone.
You have to make a habit of cleaning and vacuuming around the house, particularly if you have animals.
3. Non-Toxic Chemicals:
For safety precautions, it is advisable to use non-toxic substances when you decide to use ‘biological warfare’ in dealing with fleas.
Try Diatomaceous Earth. It is not poisonous to you or your pets, but is very potent in dealing with fleas.
Just spread some food grade DE around your yard periodically.
This should help in curtailing flea population. However, before using DE, talk to your vet to ensure it’s perfectly safe for your pets.
4. Bathe Your Animals:
Besides using DE on your yard, also ensure that you give your dogs, cats and sheep, etc. a thorough bath regularly.
Bathing them with soap and warm water mixed with some disinfectants leave little room for fleas and ticks to breed within their furs.
5. Keep The Lawn Trim:
Furthermore, try mowing down your yard as often as necessary (perhaps every weekend, or twice a month).
Keep the lawn trim and nice. Then spray some herbicides and insecticides routinely.
This will discourage the breeding of all unwanted pests and insects in your environment.
6. Send In The Calvary:
In the movies, the Calvary generally does the dirty job of clearing out the ground.
When you’re dealing with fleas, you need the Calvary, too. But not soldiers on horsebacks, no.
I’m talking nematodes here. Nematodes are small, voracious worm-like animals found in the soil.
They are important for maintaining the balance in the soil by feeding on garden pests like ants, termites, bugs and, you guessed it, fleas, too!
They just go in and chop the fleas down to size.
They are one of your best options when you’re considering keeping your yard flea-free.
When fleas are not in your yard, they won’t get on your dogs, from where they subsequently find their way into your home.
So how do you get these nematodes? Many gardens and organic stores have them for sale.
Look around your neighborhood and ask around.
Since nematodes are living organisms, you’ll need to use them quickly after they arrive or they might die.
They’re pretty easy to release in your back garden.
Simply add some water and spray around your yard using a watering can.
They Calvary is released and they get to work at once.
7. Flavor Things Up With A Sprinkle Of Salt:
Salt is not only good for adding flavor to your food, it’s also a great recipe to get rid of tough fleas from your home.
I don’t mean you have to cook the fleas, of course not!
What you have to do is spray the salt around places where you suspect the fleas might be hiding.
Like in wood cracks, cupboards and floor corner.
When the salt gets on the fleas, it causes them to dehydrate and die subsequently.
It acts like a poisonous chemical on the bodies of fleas.
You should be able to do this easily, since we all have salt in our homes.
But you might need to use a good quantity of salt, depending on the areas of the house you need to cover.
You can clean out the salt and sweep the house after a couple of days.
By this time, the damage to the fleas’ population would have been done.
8. Alternatively, Try Garlic Spray:
Garlic is helpful for a lot of reasons.
We’ve talked about the health benefits of this nutritious spice in our previous article.
But are you also aware that it can also be vital in the prevention of fleas?
You may add garlic to spice up your food, but fleas don’t like garlic for anything.
It’s a natural repellant that won’t cost you much, and it’s perfectly safe to use on your animals.
But I’m sure you know this already.
To prepare a garlic spray is pretty easy: simply chop a sizeable portion of raw garlic into a bowl of hot water.
Cover and allow the water to settle for up to 10 hours or more, depending on the quantity of spray you’re preparing.
When the mixture is ready, filter it into your spray or watering can and spray around your yard.
That’s definitely going to keep fleas away for a while.
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9. Use Fleas-Repellant Herbs:
Did you know that there are actually some plants that do discourage the presence of insects such as fleas from coming near?
Most definitely, there are! Some plants have evolved defensive mechanism to discourage insects from feeding on them.
One of such mechanisms is the secretion of a substance that is poisonous to insects.
Plants like lemongrass, basil, sage and rosemary bush can secret a liquid that is inimical to fleas.
Hence, when you have these plants in and around your home, the invasion of fleas would be checkmated.
Aside from the oily secretion of the plants that inhibit the breeding of fleas, you may want to use the herbs in other forms.
For example, you can use rosemary for flea control in its ground, powdered form.
You can also bathe your pets like dogs with rosemary water.
That is, water in which some rosemary herb had was boiled in.
Furthermore, rosemary oil is helpful when a couple of drops of it is poured on your dog’s furs.
10. Use Some Essential Oils Too:
I often prefer this to using regular sprays, just be cause it’s much safer.
Most flea sprays out in the market are inherently hazardous because they contain chemicals that may be injurious to the health of your dog in the long run.
One of the best known essential oil for repelling fleas is citronella oil.
It has been used for decades, and is very effective.
It is not only good for use against fleas, but is also effective against insects like ticks, mosquitoes and flies.
To use essential oil effectively, you can drop a few drops on the coat of your dog daily.
You can also add some drops into a bucket of water when you want to mop and clean around the house.
This will keep fleas away from your home.
Other common essentialsoil that can be applied to get rid of fleas include: lavender oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus, sage and peppermint oil.
However, it is also very important that you check with your vet to make sure that whichever oil you decide to use poses no health risk to your dog.
11. Restrict Movement Of Your Dog:
This is one of the most important hints that many dog owners must adhere to.
Most of the time, fleas go from one dog to another when they play or eat together, much like a contagious disease or ailment.
Fleas are wingless, so they don’t fly. The only way they spread is when dogs get together.
This they often do in parks and alleys.
And that’s how the fleas or their eggs are passed from one dog to another dog.
If you really want to keep your dog free of fleas and other insects, then don’t let them out of your house to just wander around the neighborhood.
Close your yard to also check other dogs from coming in to play.
If you’ve put in so much in making sure your dogs is healthy, then you should take it a step further by not letting it socialize.
Unless you’re perfectly sure of the other dog.
Even when you take it out for a walk, be careful how you let it mingle with other dogs.
This is more important, particularly if the dog is a stray. Aside from fleas, there are other very dangerous conditions that you don’t want to expose your dog too.
Rabies disease scan easily go from one infected dog to another.
If left unchecked, fleas can virtually overrun you home.
They are really nasty, and can cause some damage.
I’ve seen dogs itch so much until they bled thoroughly from inflicting bites and scratches on themselves as they attempt to chew out the fleas.
Dogs with advanced cases of flea-infestation are not a pretty site.
The furs are partly chewed up, and the dogs get scrawny, smelly and sore-covered.
As stated, getting rid of fleas is not a one-off challenge. You do it again and again.
Vacuum around the house, don’t forget to spray your garlic solution (or any other solution you have) around the house.
Only ensure that they don’t contain hazardous chemicals.
In the long run, what you want to get rid of are the fleas, not kill your dog or expose your family’s health to some level of risk.
Clean your environment and home frequently.
This will check the population of fleas and deter their invasive tendencies.
If you give them no breathing space, they won’t breed.
Also, don’t forget to give your dog a thorough bath regularly, with soap and water mixed with a few drops of essential oil.
All things being equal, your environment should be flea-free in a short while, keeping your dog happy and itch-free.
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