Unfortunately, this is a huge problem. When you consider that a single female flea can lay over 500 eggs in a lifetime, it is no wonder that products to rid your home and dog of fleas accounts for a large percentage of the 10 billon dollars spent on over the counter pet medications annually.
While the chemicals that control flea infestations are effective, many use nerve gas that destroys the nervous system of the fleas, so they can also pose a danger to your pet.
There are natural alternatives and by following the suggestions listed you will be able to control and limit the fleas in your home and on your animals safely.
Fleas like to make their home in the dog’s bed and your carpet. Before you vacuum the carpet, sprinkle with a carpet powder made of 4-cups baking soda, ¼-cup salt, ¼-cup diatomaceous earth (DE), and ten drops each essential oils of lavender, lemon geranium (citronella), and marigold.
The baking soda, salt, and DE will dehydrate the fleas and their larva and eggs, and will also help pull the dirt from the carpet and neutralize odors.
Make sure to purchase food grade DE when using in areas where children and pets have access. Leave the powder on for at least an hour, and vacuum before the pets walk on it.
The best treatment of the pet bedding is to wash it regularly, preferably once a week and add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and some tree oil to the wash water and then rinse thoroughly and dry in a hot dryer.
Floors and other hard surfaces of your home can be washed with a solution of equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar.
Protect your home by sprinkling the DE around the perimeter of the house both inside and out and in basements and crawl spaces.
It is also effective against other insects such as ants, spiders, and termites. Your yard can be treated by sprinkling Twenty Mule Team Borax on the grass and in the flower beds.
WebMD advises bathing your dog often as fleas do not like water. Bathe the dog with a mixture of warm water and DAWN Lemon Scented Liquid Soap which is a great flea killer and repellent, and add some apple cider vinegar to the rinse water.
You can make your own flea collar. Heat a solution of 2 tsps. peppermint oil, 1 tsp citronella oil, 2 tsps. eucalyptus oil, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 4 tsps. olive oil over low heat until blended. Then soak a cotton bandana or cord and in the oils for at least an hour. Wring out the collar and let it dry for a few hours and then place it on your dog.
Many people have found essential oils and the other mentioned alternative treatments effective and if you are a dog owner who is anxious to avoid using dangerous poisons and chemicals on your dog, you might want to try these suggestions!