Killing Fleas

Dogs love the outside
Dogs love the outside

Getting Rid of Fleas in the Yard

You may think it's almost impossible to get rid of fleas in your yard that is not always true. There are some things you can do to help your dog be able to enjoy the great outdoors.

1. Keep the grass cut short. The shorter the grass the better. It's easier for your pet to get fleas if the grass is taller, they cling to the grass blades and just wait for your best friend to go by.

2. Wash your yard. Yes you read that right. Take soapy water and flood the yard with it. It's not that hard. It's like taking your mop bucket and throwing the dirty water out. Now if you have a huge yard, that would not be a great way because of the cost.

3. Try essential oils or apple cider vinegar. Using a sprayer will make this easier. Mix water and eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in the water and spray the yard. It repels the fleas. This may need repeating after it rains but it's well worth it. Using apple cider vinegar the same way works as well.

I try not to use harsh chemicals because my dogs tend to eat the grass. This is why I chose a more natural way. If you have a natural way to rid fleas of your yard. Let me know.

Getting Rid of Fleas in the House

We all know that those pest don't stay outside. We are never that lucky. So we have to find ways to get rid of the fleas in our homes as well. Some of the best, natural remedies I found are listed below.

1. Wash all bedding in hot water. That includes yours. Even if your pet doesn't get on the bed, the fleas do. They aren't train to stay off the furniture. So you will need to wash all your bedding as well as the pets bedding.

2. Salt your house. Most of us love salt on our food. However, fleas don't. Salting your house kills the fleas. It dehydrates them and the eggs. It would be best to do this when your washing the bedding, let the salt sit while you, your child(ren) if any, and pet, go out for a while. When you come home follow the next step.

3. Vacuum. Yes, we all vacuum unless we have hard wood floors. But you need to vacuum every other day for a couple of weeks to get rid of the fleas. This includes mattresses, floors, and all soft fabric covered furniture.

4. Another way, and this is best done at night, put dawn dish detergent down. Now that doesn't mean to squirt it in your floor. Not only would it be a mess but it would cause a nasty fall. Take a bowl of water and add dawn dish detergent to it after you get it half way full. (Don't add any more water). Set the bowl in the floor next to a lamp with the shade off and go to bed. When you wake up, the bowl will have fleas in it. This is because they are attracted to the heat and jump for the light only to land in the water and the detergent sucks them down and drowns them.

5. Using essential oils in your home. Some smell good, such as a lemon oil or eucalyptus. Others not so much, tea tree oil has a very strong scent and can be quiet sickening. So use it carefully and dilute it greatly. Spraying apple cider vinegar in your home will work as well. Just make sure it's not going to discolor anything important.

Unless you have a flea circus, the steps above will help you quickly eliminate the pests in your home without harsh reactions to you or your loved ones.

Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Dog

We are down to the last step. Yes, I know getting rid of them can be quiet exhausting but it's worth it in the end. So without lingering further the steps for your dog are listed below.

1. Bathe your pet. This may need to be done weekly. If you worry over dry skin adding a conditioner like mane and tail can help keep their coat and skin soft. The first time you may also have to use dawn to get rid of the fleas. When washing your pet, start at the neck this keeps the fleas from running and hiding in spots and allows the dawn to make them immobile and you get rid of them. Also using a flea brush along with the dawn works great to get them off. Find an herbal shampoo that list eucalyptus oil in it or a lemon oil.

2. Put oils on your pets collar or bandanna and tie it around his or her neck. The same oils your put in your yard or home will work. (Careful with the tea tree oil and don't use much. It's odor is horrendous.)

3. Spraying your dog with a water/apple cider vinegar solution helps to keep the fleas at bay. Doing this before allowing them out or back in the house will help ensure you don't have to repeat the steps over and over again for your home.

4. A flea brush does wonders. Taking a bowl of warm water and putting the dawn detergent in it, wetting the brush and using it on your dog will pull off any remaining fleas and can be done between normal baths.

If you know of other ways, please feel free to let me know.

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