Fleas…there’s about 2,000 species of fleas out there. The most common hosts for fleas are dogs and cats. These tiny pests are about 3 millimeters long and are fast. They possess 6 legs that allow them to jump very far and very many times in succession, so they do get around.
You can look for signs of fleas on your pet like excessive scratching, hair loss, sore spots and scabs, black specks of flea droppings on the pet’s fur, gums that become pale looking and tapeworms.
Fleas devour about 15 times their own body weight in blood, which can cause a young pet to become anemic if left untreated. Puppies that show signs of pale gums and lethargy may have a flea problem.
FLEA HOME REMEDIES
To radically decrease the presence of fleas in your house you will need a bit of resolve and endurance. Home remedies for fleas provide a safe alternative to controlling the population while creating a comfortable living environment for your pets. Some remedies include:
- Cutting a flea collar into 5 or 6 separate pieces and place in your pet’s bed or under furniture cushions. You can also vacuum up or place small pieces of the collar in the vacuum bag to eliminate the presence of fleas there.
- Mix the juice of 4 lemons with the rinds and about a half gallon of water and mop or scrub the floors with this solution.
- If your dog uses a doghouse, wash down the walls every now and then with a strong mixture of salt water.
- Bath oil mixture of about one ounce to a gallon of water and sponging down the animal has helped reduce the flea count.
- Give your dog a bath with white vinegar added to the water.
- Create your own spray with 2 parts of apple cider vinegar and 1 part. Be sure to use this on your pet outside since it mainly causes the fleas to exit the pet’s fur. Works for a few days.
- To see if you have fleas in your carpet or furniture, place a plate with soapy water on the floor near a light source, like a lamp, and the fleas will jump in the plate. The solution will drown them.
- Fill your pet’s bedding with cedar chips and also spread them around places your pet regularly hangs out to repel fleas.
- DE or Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic made from fossilized freshwater organisms that is crushed to a powder and is deadly to fleas. You can spread around the yard, garden and under the furniture.
- There is the herb tansy that helps keep fleas away from an area so you can plant this around your pet’s hangouts.
- Another helpful herb is rosemary. Crush the leaves into a powder and sprinkle around your pets sleeping area. Create a rosemary flea dip and steep 2 cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for about a half hour. Strain, remove leaves, and add to 1 gallon of warm water. Pour this liquid over your pet and let dry naturally. This also helps stimulate hair growth.
- Choose tea tree, rosemary, or lavender essential oils to bathe your pet in for relief from biting and scratching.
- Use essential oils on your pet’s collar to help repel fleas. Optional aromas include eucalyptus, cedar wood, tea tree, citronella and lavender.
- Boil a quartered lemon and let it steep 12 hours. Place in a spray bottle and spray the pet behind the ears and around the tail area to help repel fleas.
A few home remedies to try out. Good Luck!