Fleas feed on the blood of your pets because they like it. Let’s do something about that. If you feed your pets with food the fleas don’t like, then they can taste it through the blood and they will move on to another host. Fleas don’t like garlic, sulphur, walnuts and apple cider vinegar. There’s probably plenty more to this list, so please share if you know of ingredients that repel fleas. Note that it takes time for natural flea control products to work, it’s not something that happens overnight. This is only possible with flea treatment products that contain chemicals. Expect at least a month before you see any results.
Check your pet for fleas
Natural flea control is also about checking your pet for fleas, flea dirt and flea eggs. The easiest way to do this is with a flea comb. It’s just like an ordinary comb, but with smaller space between the teeth. Go through the fur systematically, looking for any signs of fleas. Use a bucket of water to clean the flea comb when you find something. If you find small black dots of dirt on the skin, it might be flea feces, also called flea dirt. Put it on a wet piece of paper and look at the color of the dirt. If it changes to red, then you have found traces of fleas on your pet and you need to start the flea treatment process as soon as possible.
Give your pet a flea bath
A great way to get rid of fleas with natural flea control is to bathe your pet with herbal shampoo. It contains a variety of different ingredients that work effectively against fleas, without harming your pet. Start from the top and work your way down. This prevents the fleas from running up and hiding in your pets ears. You can put some flea shampoo around the neck of your pet to make sure the fleas won’t reach the head. When you have applied the shampoo to the whole body, leave it there for about 20 minutes. Natural flea control takes more time than traditional flea treatment, there’s nothing we can do to change that. Then rinse the pet thoroughly and dry it. I normally use flea drops after a bath to prevent fleas from attacking my dog again. There’s nothing natural about that, but it’s very effective and it keeps my dog flea-free.
Natural flea control in your home
If you don’t want pesticides in your home, there are other ways of fighting a flea infestation. You can create your very own flea killing mixture with diatomaceous earth, natural borax and salt. Diatomaceous earth contains particles with sharp spines that puncture and kill the fleas. The borax and the salt prevent new fleas from moving in by making your home less desirable. It also dries up the fleas. Apply your mixture to carpets and other places where the fleas might live. Leave it completely alone for a few days. It’s not poisonous, but you still don’t want to inhale it for several days. Quarantine the room if possible and make sure your pet doesn’t enter it either. Vacuum the whole place afterwards.
Note that natural flea control won’t kill fleas in all stages. This means that you can’t kill fleas that haven’t hatched and you probably have to repeat this process several times to get rid of your flea problem. Less talk, more action. Go get those fleas!
5 reasons why you should use natural treatment
- It is natural and non toxic with no harmful effect on the environment
- Can be used safely on young pets and around children
- Long lasting and effective formula if you do it right
- Can be used directly on pet, pet bedding and on sofas, carpets, rugs and upholstery
- Chemical free without pyrethrin and permethrins
Free your home from fleas without using chemicals – buy natural flea treatment products.