How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally 3

Why Should You Think About How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally?

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Find gentle and natural ways to get rid of fleas…

Why not just use the old standard flea collars and chemical-based flea/tick products (also known as spot-on products as they are applied directly to the skin) when getting rid of fleas?

Quite simply, because they are dangerous to your pets!

These chemical products are basically poison that you are exposing your dog to. This poison goes on his skin and coat, and can even be ingested. Now granted, these are low doses. But you can kill a person with arsenic, poisoning them in small doses on a regular interval. The same holds true with toxic, chemical-based flea prevention.

Get rid of fleas naturally

The small blood-sucking parasite that is the major reason dogs itch and scratch so much!

And now, the EPA is even getting into the picture with just how dangerous synthetic flea prevention treatments can be. They have finally admitted that there is not enough data as to the toxicity of these chemical-based products, especially after long-term use, and the potential health consequences related to using these products.

But, as always, nature has the answer. If you look at our world, nature has a balance for everything, including controlling fleas.

 

Get Rid of Fleas In Your Yard:

Below are the two most popular, natural ways to help control the flea infestation in your yard.

Beneficial Nematodes

First off, for yard flea infestations, you can use Beneficial Nematodes, a tiny worm that is the natural predator to the fleas (both adult and larvae) and many other insects. You can buy these at your local greenhouse or nursery. Beneficial nematodes, unlike many of their cousins, are harmless to mammals. Certain beneficial nematodes are more effective on specific insects, so make sure fleas are on the list before you buy some.

Beneficial nematodes can be purchased as gels, dry granules, clay, and water-filled sponges. They dissolve in water and release the millions of nematodes. A typical spraying will let millions of nematodes into your yard, ready to begin searching for fleas to feed on.

Diatomaceous earth (DE)

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth throughout your yard for effective, safe flea control. Pay special attention to where your dog spends time and/or lays down. Also spread in any shady areas of your yard. Fleas don’t like direct sunlight, so any part that has a good portion of direct sunlight during the day generally does not have to be sprinkled with DE.

Always wear proper protection when spreading DE – wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes and a cover over your mouth and nose to keep you from breathing in too much. While DE is safe, it can irritate your eye and lungs.

See Diatomaceous Earth: Flea Control Naturally for more information on what DE is, and how and why it works.

Get Rid of Fleas In Your House:

There are two types of natural flea control products you can use in your home: Diatomaceous earth and boric acid. They both work mechanically, not chemically, so the fleas cannot build up an immunity. Basically, what these products do is attach themselves to fleas and larvae and actually cause them to dehydrate and die.

Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is quick and completely safe. You simply sprinkle it on your carpet and furniture, and then use a broom to work it own to the fibers. This is because you need the fleas to come in contact with the dust. It will typically take between 24 to 48 hours to start to kill fleas. Vacuum every couple of days to collect dead fleas and encourage any larvae growth. You will need to keep with constant applications every few days to keep the flea infestation at bay.

See Diatomaceous Earth: Flea Control Naturally for more information on what DE is, and how and why it works.

Borate/Boric Acid

Borate products work the same way as diatomaceous earth, causing dehydration in the fleas and eventually death. However, unlike diatomaceous earth, you should not use it directly on your pets. It is formulated mainly for home infestations and one application works for 9 months to a year. Look for a borate powder that is statically charged so it will stay in the carpet longer, such as FleaBusters. Also, you want one that has a neutral pH, as insects tend to stay away from anything that is acidic or alkaline.

Get Rid Of Fleas On Your Dog:

There are several ways you can naturally control fleas on your dog. They range from diatomaceous earth to herbal/essential oil sprays, to supplements.

Diatomaceous earth

As stated above, you can even use diatomaceous earth directly on your pet. Sprinkle the dust on your dog and ‘massage’ into the coat. Be careful around the head – don’t to get the dust in their eyes (might cause minor irritation) or near the nose/mouth (always be careful when breathing in a lot of any type of dust). Repeat this every couple of days or after your dog gets wet. This is a very powerful, safe, odorless way to control fleas on dogs.

See Diatomaceous Earth: Flea Control Naturally for more information on what DE is, and how and why it works.

Neem

Neem oil has long been considered a very good, safe, and effective natural flea control option. It has been used for thousands of years by the people of India, Southeast Asia and Africa to repel lice, mites, flies, mosquitoes, fleas, gnats, and ticks. Neem doesn’t kill fleas immediately, but rather repels them and affects the insect’s growth. Try a natural dog shampoo for getting rid of dog fleas, such as a Neem shampoo.

Essential Oils

Other sprays and shampoos combine oils, such as castor, thyme, clove, tea tree, peppermint and citronella oils, into potent combination for fleas, but completely safe for your dogs. Other shampoos contain d-Limonene (which comes from citrus rinds) and is a natural alternative to toxic pesticides. (NOTE: never use essential oils on cats)

The only only downfall to natural flea control products such as shampoos and/or sprays is that they do not last as long on your pet and need to be reapplied more often than a dangerous, toxic pesticide. But when you weigh in the health of your dog, it really isn’t that much of an inconvenience.

Depending on how extreme your flea infestation is, you may only need one of products, or a combination.

 

Natural flea control is just best – best for your dog, for you, for your family, and for the environment!

3 Comments

Gary Strawser says:

I want to thank you for all that you have helped me with. Your site has so many helpful things that I have the option to use. At the same time, not harm the environment or my pet! Again I want to thank you, We got our Yorky/ fox terrier from an abusive home and he is such a beautiful pup(10) months of age. Thank you, Gary Strawser


StopDogItching says:

I’m glad we were able to help you and your dog. And bless you for rescuing a dog! We have 2 rescues and they are such wonderful additions to our family.


Melissa says:

I simply use one formula that I got from Amazon. All you have to do is read these reviews and you’ll understand why I bought it to get rid of fleas: http://amzn.to/MpZ7i1 – My 5 star should be on there as well. This stuff works.


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