4 Home Remedies for Flea Control

Many people treat their pets as family, and justly so. Well, when one of your children, or another family member has a rash or infection you take care of it as quickly as possible. Pets also deserve the same quick attention to keep them healthy. Instead of a huge vet bill, why not try an herbal remedy when your pet gets attacked by fleas. Here are a few home remedy suggestions you can try. Give An Herb Bath At the first sign of a flea, bathe your pet with a natural pet shampoo that contains flea-repellent herbs. Pennyroyal or eucalyptus oil boost the bathwater’s flea killing power. A badly infested dog needs a bath about every two weeks; a cat, about once a month. Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More Especially in the Summer, wash the pets bedding in hot soapy water once a week, and dry it in a hot dryer. Also vacuum your rugs every two to three days. Ninty percent of fleas are found where your pet sleeps. Use Natural Powders They generally contain such herbs as rosemary, rue, wormwood, pennyroyal, eucalyptus, or citronella, and sometimes tobacco powder. You can also dust the powder, or just diatomaceous earth, in all the nooks and crannyies you can’t reach by vacuuming. Diatomaceous earth is a great home remedy that removes the fleas waxy coating and dries them out, which kills them. Caution: Wear a dust mask to avoid the easily inhaled, finely ground diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool filteres; and pennyroyal and tobacco powder in large quantities can be toxic to you and your pets. Attack Internally...

How do fleas breed?

Do fleas have sex?  Do they do it “flea style”? Interestingly enough the answer varies depending on species and environmental conditions.  The “water flea”, for example, reproduces asexually under normal conditions, producing more and more females.  When conditions change due to overcrowding and limits on food supply, they begin to asexually produce males.  The males then “have sex” with the females.  The result are eggs encased with a protective coating designed to withstand the enviromental changes.    Full “university professor style” article here.    The video below explains the flea life cycle and their crazy states of existence. Note: Please disregard the ironic ads you might see for toxic flea control products in these videos as we have no control over which ads display.  The toxic pesticide industry is well funded and they advertise everywhere including prime time television.  Please join us to educate and spread the word about safer alternatives. How Do Fleas Breed? — powered by...

How long can fleas live?

If you only had about 14 days from birth until death, what would you do with your time?   If you were a flea you’d be doing two things, eating (biting people and pets) and laying eggs.  A flea’s mission is life is to eat and reproduce, which is not unlike some humans I’ve encountered.  With a life span that short, they have nothing to lose, and will not hesitate to bite you without your permission.   The key is to create an environment very, very uninviting.  Use natural products in and around your house to make these little resilient bugs prefer to be somewhere else.      Note: Please disregard the ironic ads you might see for toxic flea control products in these videos as we have no control over which ads display.  The toxic pesticide industry is well funded and they advertise everywhere including prime time television.  Please join us to educate and spread the word about safer alternatives. How Long Can Fleas Live? — powered by...

When is flea season?

It completely depends where you live.  Since fleas don’t know how to read calendars they 100% rely on environmental conditions.  Fleas typically thrive in hot and humid climates.  They either go dormant or do not exist in dry, cold climates.  I once lived in Northern California at an elevation of about 6,500 feet and there were no fleas or ticks.  I’m not sure if it was the elevation or the low humidity, but it was a pet paradise.  On the other hand, here in the south-eastern United States, fleas can drive you mad unless you have a strategy for dealing with them.  The season here in western North Carolina runs from about May to November.  You will be ahead of the game to begin treatments about one month earlier than the first hatching.     Note: Please disregard the ironic ads you might see for toxic flea control products in these videos as we have no control over which ads display.  The toxic pesticide industry is well funded and they advertise everywhere including prime time television.  Please join us to educate and spread the word about safer alternatives. When Is Flea Season? — powered by...