Fleas can live up to 90 days and a pregnant female flea lays around 60 eggs at a time. Surviving solely on blood, it’s absolutely necessary to keep anything with these statistics under control. Science has even come to rescue, offering varies products that kill and control flea populations. There’s one problem. Most of them contain chemicals that can’t be pronounced and warning labels advising against inhalation or ingestion. This causes some concern among pet owners. Pets are just like small children. Not adapting well to a precarious environment, their curiosity and innocence makes them accident prone. To alleviate some concerns, below are more natural, at home solutions to preventing, killing and controlling fleas.
Vinegar & Yeast
There are natural solutions to flea powder and other chemically engineered flea prevention products. Instead of supplementing a pet’s diet with medication or treating their skin with chemicals, try brewer’s yeast or natural apple cider vinegar.
Working as natural alternatives to medication, these two at home remedies can be added to a pet’s food to deter fleas. Since it takes up to four weeks for the new diet to make a difference, they are best used to prevent infestations from happening rather than treating ones that already exist.
A few drops of vinegar can easily be added to a pet’s water supply and most don’t mind the taste. Brewer’s yeast is virtually tasteless and best administered through a pet’s food. Larger dogs can take up to two teaspoons, whereas smaller dogs and cats only need one teaspoon with each meal.
Dawn Dish Soap
Commercially, Dawn prides itself on being harsh enough to break down crude oil while being gentle enough to be used on baby penguins. They also deserve some publicity for being able to kill fleas on contact without drying out a pet’s sensitive skin.
Dawn dish soap is a more natural alternative to genetically engineered flea baths and works just as well at dropping them cold. After lathering your pet in warm bath water, gently work in and lather Dawn into your pet’s fur. Dead black specks will race to the floor of the tub.
When the first specks begin to appear, the bath is over and it’s safe to rinse your pet. After freeing your pet of fleas, keep them off. Comb natural apple cider vinegar through their hair and let it dry there. This not only makes your pet taste bad, but also gives them a shiny, luscious coat.
Salt & Borax
After getting the fleas off you and your pets, the next immediate step is to get them out of your home. Salt and a vacuum are best suited for the task. In this task, salt is interchangeable with borax. However, salt is preferred since it doesn’t hold water, lowering any chances of future problems.
It’s best to salt floors for nine days straight, vacuuming every third day. Flea eggs hatch every three days. This routine covers their entire life cycle, ensuring the best results. Salt and borax are non-toxic, natural alternatives to flea sprays and can be used basically anywhere.
A good supplement to any salt treatment involves a lamp or nightlight and bowl of vinegar. Fleas are naturally drawn to light. Leaving a nightlight on in a dark room with a wide, shallow bowl of vinegar beneath is the homemade equivalent of a flea trap.
Learn more about other ways to keep your dog healthy at home with these techniques!