Our Best Home Remedies for Fleas
Does your dog have fleas? Unfortunately, once the fleas are in your home, you'll have some work ahead of you to do some flea pest control. You will have to treat the flea bites on dogs and cats in your home, and you'll also have to treat your entire home as well. Much like having bed bugs, flea pest control is a complex process that requires a lot of patience and persistence. Of course, prevention is key when it comes to keeping pests like this out of your home. This way you don't have to worry about getting rid of fleas in your home. You need to start by keeping fleas out of your backyard. You can use Nematodes to prevent fleas from infesting your yard and getting on your animals. If you're not familiar with them, Nematodes, specifically Steinerma carpocapsae are parasitic to fleas. They are tiny worms that will kill adult fleas, larvae and pupa in your grass and soil. You can spray your yard with a nematode solution that will keep the fleas at bay, protecting your pets. You can find these Nematodes at garden centres, or you can order them online. Another way to prevent fleas is to mow your law frequently and keep it quite short. This will be less attractive to the fleas who will prefer to live in a lot of tall shady grass.
You can also use herbs and plants in your garden for flea pest control. Lemon balm, rosemary, lemongrass, mint and sage are great herbs to keep around in your yard. Diatomaceous earth is one of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs as well as fleas. It's a powder that's made of diatoms which are small fossilized organisms. It's completely non-toxic and can be used for a variety of different things around the house. Just make sure you get the food grade diatomaceous earth. You can spread out some of the powder all over the backyard, and it will deter or destroy the fleas. If you have carpet inside your home, you may want to consider getting rid of most of it. The pests will be able to hide out in the carpet fibres, especially higher carpet. Or, if you can't get rid of carpets, make sure you steam clean them once or twice a year and vacuum every week. You can even used the diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it all over your carpet and then vacuum it up later. Garlic can also be a great natural remedy to prevent your dog from getting fleas. You can feed your dog small amounts of garlic in their food. Only a quarter of a clove per ten pounds.
If you find flea bites on your dog, one of the best ways to kill fleas on dogs is to use a non-toxic flea removal shampoo for dogs. You'll simply use the shampoo on your dog and leave it to sit on their fur and skin for at least 10 minutes. THen you have to comb the fleas out of their fur too. Much like you would if you were trying to get rid of lice on a human. Using apple cider vinegar on your dog's coat is also a good natural remedy that can even repel fleas from your dog. You can also find natural flea repellants and killers with essential oils in them. You can buy these at health food stores or online, and they will include a few different essential oils that keep the fleas away like lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint and clary sage. Just never use pennyroyal, wintergreen, or clove on pets. Find out more on the Dogs Naturally Magazine website.***
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