Controlling fleas in your home does not have to mean using chemicals that are potentially dangerous. In fact, in many cases natural flea control is just as effective. With proper planning and implementation homemade flea control is also easy and cost effective. From cleaning techniques to home remedies, learning more about natural methods of flea control can really change the way you manage these little pests.
Things You'll Need
- Diatomaceous earth
- Apple cider vinegar
- Steam cleaner
- Herbal flea collar
- Lawn mower
Wash your pets with a mild shampoo. Rinse them with apple cider vinegar. Use a flea comb to remove fleas, egg and larvae. Do this regularly to ensure you keep infestations under control.
Steam clean your carpets at the beginning of flea season. Also steam upholstery and furniture. Repeat this every three months because it helps kill fleas, eggs and larvae.
Vacuum your home thoroughly once each week. Make sure to pay special attention to areas where your pet sleeps. Don't forget to use attachments and vacuum furniture too. Put an herbal flea collar in your vacuum bag so fleas in the bag do not survive to escape. Make sure to throw vacuum bags outside immediately when disposing of them.
Wash your pet's bedding in hot water once each week. Hot water will kill fleas, eggs and larvae. You can also add a cup of vinegar to your wash load to help kill fleas.
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the interior rooms once each season. This will help kill fleas. You should also sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your yard to minimize the pest population your pet is exposed to.
Keep your lawn mowed, remove weeds promptly and water your lawn and garden as often as possible. Fleas and ticks thrive in longer grass and weeds. In addition to this, shorter grass allows for more sun exposure, which kills flea eggs and larvae.
Spray your pet with lemon water when he goes outside. To make a lemon water solution that effectively repels fleas, boil a pint of water and then allow a lemon that is sliced in half to steep in the water for about 12 hours. Pour the water into a spray bottle for easy use. Lemon contains d-limonene, a natural flea repellent.
- "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats"; Richard Pitcairn PhD DVM; 2005
- Earth Easy: Non-toxic Flea Control
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