Fleas cause fleabites that can make life very uncomfortable for you and your pets. They also can carry tapeworms and typhus and causing many allergic reactions. When we talk about dealing with these pests, you can use some chemicals that will be effective but also can be dangerous for you, your family and pets. Another solution is, of course, natural remedies who are much safer and cheaper so maybe you should consider this way first. It's well known that when you're dealing with fleas, you're actually dealing with four different periods of their pests lifecycle. Only 10% of fleas are actually grown fleas who bites, the rest are flea eggs and you must repress them to get rid of fleas. In this article, you will find out how to do that.
Fleas on your pet?
Fleas will go for your pets and through them get inside your yard and home. You can use Diatomaceous Earth food to kill them but give only a small amount of it to your pet. When applying the powder make sure to keep it away from your pet mouth, nose and eyes. Once you did that, you need to bathe your pet in the next 12 hours and by that submerging fleas in the water. You can also use a middle shampoo while bathing your pet to ensure that the fleas are washed away down the plug because they can jump back out of the drain so it's recommended to use flea comb as well.
Another effective way can be rosemary. If u have any of it in your garden. Take two cups of fresh rosemary mixed with two pints of boiled water. Leave it for about 30 minutes and then add one more gallon of warm water and pour it all over your pet. Leave your pet to dry naturally.
Slice the lemon and put in one pint of boiled water and leave it to cool. Put it in the bottle with an atomizer and spray your pet. That's another easy trick. Another easy and cheap solution can be apple cider. Fill a bottle with one part of apple cider and three parts of water and use it while bathing your pet. You can make natural flea collar by spraying an essential oil like tea tree oil on to your dog's collar. Be aware not to use more than 1% of it because it's toxic and never use it on cats.
Fleas in your backyard and home?
Here are a few pieces of advice on how to deal with these little pests. Mown a lawn if you have it. Clear away weeds and other garden waste. You should concentrate on the area where your pets spend most of their time. Once you cleared your backyard, you are ready for the battle. Nematodes will work perfectly for you. these little worms feed on flea eggs but also deal with other pests like mosquitoes. You can use cedar wood chips as well to sprinkle around the edge of your backyard. cedar is safe for you and your pets and highly effective way to get rid of fleas.
When we talk about dealing fleas in your home it can be very difficult but here are some steps on how to do it without hard chemicals. First of all, treat your carpet. You can do it with salt or baking soda and sprinkle it all over. These methods will help by killing flea eggs that have been laid on your carpet. You can use earlier mentioned DE on your carpet a few hours before vacuuming it but leave your pets outside at that time because they can get sick if they lick the carpet. You should repeat that a few times over a week.
You should also take some time to wash fabrics and especially pet bedding. Use a hot cycle while washing to kill fleas and eggs. It's well known that fleas like a humid environment, so all you must do is to dry air in your house. Buy some dehumidifier and try to keep the air in your home below 50% humidity.
You can make other natural flea-repellents by using essential oils such as peppermint or citronella. Also, add a few drops to a spray bottle of water and treat your home.
What about chemical options?
Using an effective flea insecticide is an easy way to get rid of fleas. With these, you don't need to treat the whole backyard, just focus on warm, shady spots. Talstar pro insecticide is a great example. He will erase every single flea but also can be used against mosquitoes and other similar pests. The active ingredient is 7,9% Bifenthrin, a chemical that's safe for children and pets once it's dry. Before spraying keep your family and pets away, protects yourself by using a proper mask and gloves and try to spray on a calm, windless day. You also must spray once a week at least four weeks in order to kill them all.
Insecticides will kill the fleas in your yard very fast, but it does little for flea eggs. But here is a solution for that too by using pyriproxyfen and methoprene. These IGRs rarely kill adult fleas but are very good for break flea life cycle by inhibiting their growth. Use this with insecticides that kill adult fleas and you get the most comprehensive way to get rid of fleas.
Eliminating the fleas lurking around your home and backyard can be a very difficult task. Chemical options we mentioned at the end of this article are effective than natural ones but also more dangerous for us, our family and pets. You need to estimate how big is your flea problem and use appropriate methods to get rid of them. Some of these here will be helpful for sure.