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Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Fleas
Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Fleas
It is the time of year that I begin to become concerned about fleas. I live with three red Pomeranians; they do not go outside for anything other than a nice walk and to go to the bathroom. They have so much hair that I would have to shave them in the summer if they spent too much time outside, and in the winter they are so small they will still probably freeze to death.
During the winter months, I don’t have much of a flea problem, but that is if I control it over the other seven months. Fleas are a nasty little bug that feeds off the blood and skin of the host, dogs, cats, and whatever animal they happen to be living on. For this article, we are concerned about dogs.
It is not cheap or easy to control fleas, but it can be done. I don’t like to use chemicals on my pets, so I choose the natural method.
If you suspect that your pet has fleas do an examination to find out. It is really easy to do this, part the hair around the base of the tail or on the back of the dog and look for the fleas or flea “dirt.” Flea dirt is tiny black pebbles that look like dirt. To find out if it is dirt or fleas, take a wet paper towel and wipe the “dirt” off, if the debris on the towel has a red tint to it this is blood and you have a flea problem.
The red from the debris is blood, the debris is flea excrement. The adult fleas leave this behind on your pet, and the young “hatchling” fleas will survive on this until they are mature enough to suck the blood from your pet.
Fleas can also transport disease, so it is imperative that you control the fleas on your pet and in your home.
1. Fleas can cause an allergic reaction for you, your family members and your pet. Your pet can suffer from an allergic reaction to flea bites, people can suffer from allergies to fleas, as well. These symptoms may be hives, itching, rashes, and possible swelling.
2. As you may know fleas are blood suckers, this opens your dog up to anemia. The young, the old and the weak may suffer and die from anemia caused by a severe flea infestation. The worst part is that even pets that are treated for anemia due to fleas may suffer from brain damage.
3. Your dog will often chew on themselves when they itch from the fleas while they are doing this they will eat some fleas. The fleas have tiny tapeworms inside them which will thrive and reproduce in your pet’s digestive system. Did you know that a tapeworm can eventually grow to several feet in length?
4. Some fleas carry the plague; this is not a thing of the past. The plague is real, and still with us, we just don’t see epidemics of it anymore. This nasty disease is transferred by flea bites.
What can we do to get rid of fleas in our homes and on our pets?
1. A clean house is a happy house, keeping your house clean is a great way to keep fleas at bay. Vacuum regularly, at least several times a week. Always wash pet bedding, fleas will make themselves at home in pet bedding and even when you get them off your pet they will re-infest your pet.
2. Bathe your pet on a regular basis; you do not want to do this more than once every two weeks. If you bathe them too often it will cause dry, itchy skin. While bathing your pet let them sit in the water for several minutes, fleas will drown or come off in the water. You can use a flea comb to help rid your pet of the fleas also.
3. You may bathe your pet in a citrus based dish detergent. Fleas hate citrus.
4. You may also rub your pet’s fur with a lemon or an orange; this will deter fleas from getting on your pet. The citrus is safe for your pet and it smells great.
5. Cover your furniture to keep fleas from getting down in the cushions.
6. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to your pet’s water bowl to deter fleas from getting on your pet.
7. Use borate powder in the crevices of couches and chairs.
8. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on your carpets, leave on for three days then vacuum. This will kill the fleas. You should repeat this in three weeks to kill the hatching flea larvae. This is safe for pets.
For your health and the health of your pet it is important to keep fleas to a minimum or non-existent.
Thanks for reading Velzipmur a.k.a. Shelly Wyatt
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