How to Naturally Prevent and Treat Fleas
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Natural treatments and repellents for fleas can be found by using essential oils and ingredients are a natural insecticide and deterrent that can either kill or deter fleas. Cats are too sensitive to essential oils, making natural flea repellents for cats a little different than dogs.

Do you ever notice that some pets seem to get fleas more than others? The reason for this may be the general health of your pet. If your dog or cat has a severe flea problem, it is sometimes a signal that their health is not as good as it should be. Many pet foods that contain by-products and harmful additives are nutritionally inadequate for our pets. By feeding your pet a high-quality, natural diet, you improve their health and dramatically increase their protection from fleas. A healthy animal does not taste or smell as good to fleas.

 

Now lets get down to bathing your flea infested friend. You want to use a natural shampoo and look for a combination of any of these ingredients: rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium. A new product on the market for dogs is d-Limonene. It consists of several citrus oils that are toxic to fleas. If you choose to use shampoos and sprays with d-Limonene, they must be used with caution when applied to your dog and cannot be used on cats at all.

Proceed with wetting down and lathering up your pet, massaging the shampoo into their fur. Make sure you get their neck and head and be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least 15 minutes, continuing to massage the soap deep into your pets fur. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If you are unable to bathe your cat, then a dry Diatomaceous Earth bath can help. Take a small handful and pat and sprinkle it onto your cats fur. Make sure you rub it in so it is not sitting on the surface and avoid getting it close to their nose. As the fleas die off you can brush your cat with a flea comb dipped in lemon juice and water. Fleas hate the overwhelming smell of lemon and it will help deter them.

Treatment of your home must begin with a thorough cleaning. One of the best natural pesticides out there is Diatomaceous Earth. It is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized skeletal remains of unicellular plants called diatoms. But while 'DE' may look and feel like talcum powder to us, to insects it is a lethal dust with microscopic razor-sharp edges which cuts the flea’s protective outer covering, leading to desiccation and death. And while DE spells death to insects, it is harmless to humans and pets. There are different kinds of Diatomaceous Earth out there, so make sure you use only food grade.

You’re going to want to sprinkle it onto your carpet, wooded floors and pet’s bedding. Allow it to settle for a little while. Then place all of you pet’s bedding in the washer, add a little bit of vinegar and wash in hot water. Next vacuum all areas of the home, seal the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and toss it in the trash after every cleaning. This will have to be done several times to completely eradicate these little pests.

You can also treat your yard using Diatomaceous Earth and by planting flea deterrent plants. Marigold, lavender, chrysanthemums, mint and lemongrass are all good plants to have in a garden because they naturally repel fleas and are non-toxic to dogs and cats. By placing these plants in the right areas of your yard, you can use their unique ability to help keep fleas away from your pets and home.

Natural Flea Treatments:

Lemon Juice: Lemons contain limonene, which is a natural chemical that kills and repels fleas and helps sooth the itch from fleabites in your pets skin Diatomatious Earth: Diatomaceous Earth s a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized skeletal remains of unicellular plants called diatoms. But while 'DE' may look and feel like talcum powder to us, to insects it is a lethal dust with microscopic razor-sharp edges which cuts the flea’s protective outer covering, leading to desiccation and death. And while DE spells death to insects, it is harmless to humans and pets. There are different kinds of diatomaceous earth out there, so make sure you use only food grade.

Soapy Water: Soapy Water is a natural flea trap. Fill a shallow dish with warm soapy water and place it directly under a light at night. Check the trap in the morning, empty it, and repeat until the fleas are under control. Fleas are naturally attracted to light and warmth. When the fleas try to hop towards to light, they will hop into the water dish and drown. Take an extra precaution to make sure your pet can’t reach this trap and get into it.

The Natural Flea Collar for dogs: Once you treat your dog and indoor & outdoor environment for fleas, you can create a natural flea collar for your pet to regularly wear. You will need Cedar Oil or Lavender Oil, a bandana or 100% cotton collar and a spoon.

1. Mix 2-3 drops of cedar oil or lavender with 3 tablespoons of water. (You must always dilute essential oils before using them. If you are unsure how your dog will react to the oils, always perform a spot test before applying the collar)

2. Spread out the bandana or collar and drip about 10 drops of the mixture on it, using the spoon or a dropper if you have it. One way I’ve done it is pull the bandana over my finger and dip in the mixture, doing this several time over different areas of the bandana.

3. Place onto your dog.

4. Repeat every week for full protection.

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