place at the base of your dog’s tail Fleas is a dreadful word as it is accompanied by thoroughly washing your pet, every piece of fabric in the house, every corner of your sofa, in short washing everything under your roof. It is not as easily done as it is said. Everything has to be turned upside down, and really it is painful because doing it once is not enough and you will have to do it many times in order to be sure. What is the alternative then? At the very first place any wise man would first target at avoiding this situation from occurring. Yes, you can prevent fleas with the help of some extremely simple and effective home remedies that can be used easily.
Wouldn’t life be easy if you never have to do so much of work and just use some home remedies. It is important to take a note on these preventive measures because they can save your life from these horrible wingless insects. Not only this, you must be aware of these home remedies to kill fleas because at some point of time during a year a season of fleas surely hits your pets. During this time your lovely pet will have high probability of becoming the host no matter how much cleanliness you maintain. During this interval you can take help of some home remedies to prevent fleas.
The first remedy to prevent fleas is to prevent these insects from residing in the surroundings. If you somehow manage to prevent fleas from occurring in the most probable residence- your yard, assume you have done more than half of the prevention. If you do not allow them to reside in your yard, they will less likely bother your dog. You can do this by the help of roundworms.
Beginning in mid-March through April, when soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees, if you start thinking about yard care you can stop fleas before they get your dog. You can purchase ready to use round worms available online to achieve your goal. Another way is to improve your dog’s immune system. Make sure he eats good things to ensure a healthy immunity that can beat any type of fleas. Apart from this the third place to take care of is your home.
The carpet which is the favorite place of your dog has to be steam cleaned often. Also make sure your vacuum clean everything at least once a week. If you feel lazy anytime just keep in mind that only 1 % of the total flea population lives on your pets and the rest is always trying to find a new house hiding in your dusty carpets and yard. In order to keep the fleas away from your do you can make use of garlic as fleas do not really like garlic. You can say it is a natural flea repellant. As it is natural, you can use it without worrying about any side effects on your kids and your pets. Boil a few strands of garlic in water and spray this on your pet in also in garden to keep those creepy creatures out of your house.
As far as treatment is concerned, there are many chemicals available in the market; some of them even claim to wipe fleas out in just one wash. But they are not at all safe for your child, and if you do not have kids you are also equally susceptible to the harmful effects of these cleaning chemicals. If you are confident enough that you will not let it reach it up to you in any way, trust me they are unfavorable even for your dog.
Some of these chemicals are so harsh that they can permanently burn the skin of your loved one. It is hence a better idea to rely on home remedies in order to keep yourself safe and also to ensure you kill fleas but during this process do not harm the body of your loved one at any cost. From quite few days you do would have been bearing the discomfort caused by fleas on the top of that if you use chemicals unnecessary to get rid of the fleas, you will add to the sufferings. Here is a list of home remedies that you can use to prevent and kill fleas at home and without harming the cutie pie.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is helpful for your dogs as well. You can control the pH of your dog’s body with the help of apple cider vinegar. First check the pH of your dog’s urine with the help of a pH stripe and then analyze what amount you need to give. Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) creates a more acidic environment outside and balanced alkalinity on the inside, making it a must-have for flea season success. The ideal pH should be 6.2 to 6.5 and if it is this much, no flea would like to stay on your pet’s body. Feed your dog one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar after diluting per 50 lbs. You can also use apple cider vinegar solution as spray on your pet’s skin.
Another natural home remedy for fleas is Diatomaceous Earth. This is a natural powder which is safe to use directly and indirectly on your dog and also on dog’s seat, beddings etc. this remedy is also very easy to use, you just have to sprinkle the Diatomaceous Earth’s powder along your dog’s dry spine. Try to avoid doing this immediately after giving him a bath. Massage the powder on the entire body leaving the eyes. Next, sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth on your carpets, dog’s bedding, rugs, flooring, and furniture. Brush it in lightly and let it set for about 4 days. Finally, vacuum it up and immediately throw the bags away from your house.
Vacuum and boric acid
Only a few of you are aware that boric acid is a natural insecticide which can be used to get rid of fleas. Sprinkle boric acid everywhere your dog stays on, sits and plays on. You can also try sprinkling it around your yard to be extra cautious. The Boric acid kills fleas and the larvae by dehydrating them and drying them out. You can let it work on the surfaces overnight and keeping the powder for long also is not harmful in any way. It is easy enough to use and you can get it in many forms.
Rosemary dips for flea treatment
Take 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves and mix it with two pints of boiling water. Boil the mixture patiently for about half an hour. Remove the oiled leaves and throw them out in the dustbin as all the goodness has been extracted in the water. Add 6 pints of warm water to the mixture to make 1 gallon of flea dip. Once it cools down dip your pet in that solution, and if size does not allow doing so, give him a nice bath with the solution. In addition to repelling fleas, the rosemary is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help relieve itching and scratching from fleas.
It can be used to both prevent and kill fleas. Lemon is a citrus fruit that contains limonene which is responsible for this action. One more time there is no need to mention that lemon is natural and harmless for both you and your dog. Boil about a liter of water and add a few slices of fresh lemon to the boiling water. Once this is done make sure you over the utensil containing both water and lemon slices. Let the water steep in the same condition overnight and use it in the morning. The next day dip a comb or your pets brush in the liquid (make sure it’s sufficiently cool) and run it through their hair. A sponge works as well, especially if you have a very short haired breed, but if it has long hair make sure you use a comb only.
After sucking the fleas and larvae with the help of vacuum you can use salt as flea repellant. This home remedy is also easy enough to use. In order to kill the fleas on those surfaces in your home sprinkle some fine table salt onto your rugs and furniture and leave it for one week to 10 days. The salt will adhere to the fleas and larvae and ultimately kill them. The same thin doest not hold true for your dog’s skin as directly applying salt is too harsh for your pet’s skin.
You can also protect your dog from fleas by making proper use of the collar you tie on the neck of your dog. If you do not tie anything, buy one for your dog immediately as it in not too costly. Take two- three drops of lavender oil and dilute it with an equal amount of water. Use an eye dropper to draw attractive patterns on your dog’s collar. Forget not to change and dry up the collar frequently. In addition to this, place 1 or 2 drops of oil diluted with at least 1 tablespoon of olive oil at the base of your dog’s tail.
If you suspect any flea on or around your dog, set your alarm on high alert. A single female flea can lay 10 to 50 eggs per day and upwards of 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Thus 1 adult flea can literally lead to an infestation of tens of thousands. So, ignoring a single flea on your pet or in your house can prove to be a big mistake for you in future. Hence immediate action is the next most prior thin after prevention.
With the home remedies for preventing fleas you can avoid the discomfort that your dog would bear if you do not take necessary precautions during the flea season. If at all from somewhere your dog becomes a host to the irritating fleas, the home remedies would take less time to kill them from the root itself. All you will have to do next is complete vacuum cleaning to ensure clean environment.