Saturday, August 15, 2009

Green Flea Solutions

Is summer over? No, not really, but we are starting to see signs that Fall is on it‘s way. Hot humid weather brings two things; hurricanes and fleas. Yep, both flourish in moist humid conditions. There’s nothing we can do to prevent the hurricanes, but there are some green things we can do to get rid of the fleas.

Here are some green ideas for your pet and home.

Fight fleas from the inside out:

Sneak some vinegar into your pets water bowl.

Put some ground garlic or garlic juice into your pets food. Just a small amount can be an effective flea repellent. * Check with your veterinarian to make sure the portions you are considering are safe for your pet.

Homemade ideas:

Use a piece of cloth rope and soak it in a mixture of water, Tea Tree Oil and eucalyptus oil. Place the rope round your pet’s neck. The essential oils will naturally repeal fleas. Soak the rope weekly during flea season.

Cut up 5 lemons and place them in a quart of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for ten minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit until cool. Put the solution into a spray bottle and spray directly on your pet’s fur. Be careful not to spray anywhere near his face, eyes or mouth.

Protecting your home:

Your vacuum is your best weapon against a flea invasion. Make sure to vacuum all the furniture and carpets where the fleas are actually living. Place a cup of table salt in the bag to vacuum bag. The fleas will eat the salt, dehydrate and die.

Sprinkle borax on furniture and carpets. Just a light dusting will work to kill the fleas, larvae and eggs. Test the area first to make sure there won’t be any color damage. Try to let it sit for 24 hours but if its humid, vacuum up after a few hours. Keep pets and kids away from the area. This is a good thing to do at night before going to bed, then get up early and vacuum before anyone else wakes up. Throw out the vacuum bag right away.

Wash your pets bed in very hot water. If you can put it in the dryer you can kill the dust mites too!

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1 comment:

  1. This is never a fun topic, but it can happen nonetheless! Never would have thought to address how to get rid of fleas in a safe way. Your blog is fantastic!! Great job.