Fleas are an extreme nuisance to your home and pets. Not only are they annoying, but they can set off your pets allergies, and carry all sorts of blood-based diseases. Due to the extreme health risks that fleas create, they’re not a problem you can ignore. Today we will discuss using home remedies to get rid of fleas.
But the last thing you want to do for you and your pets is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. How much does it really help to kill off all the fleas, at the cost of exposing your pets and family to deadly poisons and chemicals?
Many people prefer to use natural or home remedies to get rid of fleas. This way you’re not putting your pets and family at risk. Poison is a deadly substance, it doesn’t discriminate between insects or mammals; it will hurt anything it touches. But there are many herbal substances that are bad for the fleas and fine for pets and humans.
Also, many home remedies are cheaper than toxic chemicals. Poison won’t just hurt you; it will hurt your wallet too. Lots of home remedies are natural substances that cost next to nothing when compared to name-brand deadly chemicals.
One of the most popular home remedies to get rid of fleas is to feed your dogs garlic with one meal a day. Some people also suggest raw liver, or a bit of sulfur with only one meal a week. Remember that fleas are parasites, and they feed on your pet. What your pet eats will affect how their blood tastes and reacts with the flea. Your dog's diet can play a huge role in trying to keep the fleas away.
Remember that many shampoos and flea collars work by utilizing harsh chemicals, just like poison. You can bathe your pet with less harmful substances and still keep the fleas in check. Many people have luck with dawn dish soap, or organic oatmeal shampoo.
Oils made by mixing vinegar, lavender, and citrus acid seem to work well for repelling fleas. You can place this on your pet, or in key areas around your home or yard that won't be damaged by the moisture. Keep a close eye on your pet’s behavior and make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction to any of these substances.
A good way to kill fleas is with a powder made by mixing salt and borax. Mix the two substances with half and half of each. You can use a blender or some method of grinding to turn the substance into a fine powder. Put the powder into a shaker of some kind and spread it on your floors and yard. Focus primarily on the areas where fleas will be the worst, such as the dog bed; but you’ll want to treat as much of your home as possible.
While flea heavy areas need the most attention, they can jump incredible distances and will try to retreat. All methods of killing fleas will work best if you give them nowhere to run. Once you’ve distributed the powder, let it sit for about twenty-four hours. You can stay at a hotel or friends house if the powdery substance is irritating to you or your pets. The salt and borax mix will dry out the fleas, quickly killing them by means of dehydration. Once the twenty-four hours have elapsed, you can vacuum the substance.
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