Natural Flea Control

…Courtesy of Mother Earth News...

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2007-06-01/Simple-Tips-for-Safe-Flea-Control.aspx

Most chemical flea control products target only 5 percent of the flea population — the adults. Because fleas become stronger and more immune to chemicals with each generation, toxic chemicals must be repeatedly applied. And, although a product may claim to be natural, some natural ingredients may cause allergic reactions or have toxic effects in animals.

Tips:

  • Set eucalyptus leaves inside and out because fleas can’t stand the smell. Buy bunches at a craft store, cut them up and place leaves and stems in open glass jars. Set one or two in each room of the house. Also, hang pod-filled socks from branches around the yard.
  • Create a specific pet sleeping area that’s easy to clean often.
  • Restrict pets’ access to attics and basements.
  • Vacuum carpeting, furniture and floors weekly. When fleas are present, burn the bag promptly for effective disposal.
  • Regularly wash all bedding and rugs that your pet has contact with.
  • Comb your pet daily with a fine-toothed metal flea comb. Pull in the direction of the fur and drown fleas in soapy water.
  • At night, diligently place a dish of soapy water under a light near your pet’s bed to attract and trap fleas.
  • Treat your pet monthly with a homemade repellent. Place a thinly sliced lemon in a pint jug. Cover with boiling water and let the mixture soak overnight. In the morning, spray or rub the mixture into your pet’s skin and fur until damp, not wet.
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