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Tips to Help Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

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Boy looking at his small cat with fleas

It’s no secret that fleas are a nuisance. The itch from their bites is enough to drive any pet (or human!) crazy. But fleas on dogs and cats can also cause real harm by potentially transmitting diseases. And once they’re in your home, it’s difficult to get rid of them. It’s crucial to maintain the health of your home and your pets by doing what you can to keep fleas away in the first place.

But what should you do if you find yourself with a flea problem? Here are some helpful suggestions.

Use a Flea Comb

Not only does a flea comb help in the grooming of your pet, it also removes fleas of all sizes, including their eggs and larvae. Make sure your pet’s fur isn’t too tangled before you begin. A fine-toothed comb could cause pain on snarls.

Boost Your Pet’s Shampoo

Use this simple trick to add flea-fighting power to your dog’s regular shampoo. Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 cups of water to 1/2 cup dog shampoo. Use this mixture to bathe your dog every week. Keep up on the combing of your dog’s fur as well.

Give Your Dog Apple Cider Vinegar

This flea treatment will act as a flea repellent for your dog. Add 1 teaspoon of fermented apple cider vinegar to a quarter liter of water for your dog’s water dish. This combination will make your dog’s skin slightly acidic. Fleas (and ticks) won’t want to go near your dog.

Clean With Vinegar

Clean your counters and surfaces with vinegar, and spray the solution on your fabrics once or twice a week. In a spray bottle, add 1/4 distilled white vinegar to 3/4 water. You can also add some dish soap for tackling dirt.

Wash Your Pet’s Bedding

Wash your pet’s bedding with a strong detergent, and dry it on a high setting if the material will allow for heat. 15 to 20 minutes on high heat will kill adult fleas, larvae, and eggs.

And don’t forget about the spots in your home where your pet frequently hangs out. Does your dog always cuddle up on a certain blanket in the living room? Does your cat find a cozy bed for snuggling? Wash those fabrics as well.

Use Oils

Two drops of lavender oil, citronella, or tea tree oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of water make a good solution to keep fleas away. Apply it around your dog’s collar. You can also put the solution on a kerchief and tie the kerchief around your dog’s neck. This is not a safe solution for cats, however.

Vacuum

Keep your home vacuumed. If your pet is carrying fleas, those fleas are being moved throughout your house all day long as your pet moves around. Stay on top of the vacuuming to get rid of any errant fleas.

Focus on areas that don’t get much sunlight, since fleas like humid, cool spots. Before you vacuum, sprinkle salt, Borax, or baking soda on your carpet, work it into your carpet with a broom, and leave it for a few hours. This will dry out any flea eggs that might be inside your carpet fibers. Make sure you send your pet to another room during this time, as they could get sick from licking the Borax.

Once your vacuum bag is full, seal it, and place it outside in a covered trash container.

Clean up the Outdoors

Remember that fleas love humidity and dark spots — areas that can be found aplenty if you don’t keep your bushes and shrubs trimmed. Make sure you clear weeds, trim your grass, and keep your pets away from those dark, humid spots outdoors.

Call in Professional Flea Exterminators

While these methods can help keep some fleas away, they still aren’t foolproof. The surest way to get rid of fleas and keep them away is to hire a professional flea exterminator. Barefoot Mosquito Control System uses a key ingredient to prevent fleas from ever establishing themselves on your property.  While it is always preferable to minimize the use of pesticides, sometimes it is necessary when flea problems become too much to handle.

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