Chances are you’re like me and love having pets. There are so many advantages of having pets in the house. They are little creatures that exhibit their own personalities and quirks that are always fun to watch and experience. On top of that, they are so adorable and studies have shown they can help reduce your stress level to boot!
Then again, this article is not going to be about how cute and cuddly they are but on how to finally and naturally get rid of fleas once and for all. Yes, these pesky fleas not only harm your pets but yourself as well. Having experienced it first hand, it damages skin and if you don’t want to say good-bye to wearing shorts or girly skirts for a time, act now.
Scouring through the internet I have found these 7 natural ways to get rid of fleas. Hurray!
1. With Garlic & Yeast Diet
What a way to spice things up. Garlic of course is a natural antibiotic that works well with our own body’s good bacteria. It is an antiviral and antifungal seasoning. As for brewer’s yeast, this ingredient is known to make fleas go nuts. They just can’t stand them and it’s because of its thiamine.
Crush the garlic first then let it air for about 10 minutes. This activates its natural antibiotic agent. Then spruce up your pet’s dinner by adding it thrice a week in about half a clove. Then for that one-two knockout punch, add about half a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast for starters. Then adjust dosage as is fitting, dogs and cats can come in various sizes you know.
2. Citrus Bath
Dogs and cats usually don’t look forward to bath days. Since that is already the case, then no use thinking twice about trying this out. It’s either they will look forward to a citrus bath or they will hate it even more. But certainly a bath is one way to get rid of fleas.
Lemons, oranges, limes are among that count as citrus. Just juice and mix with water. It will come off as a bit tangy so make sure to dilute with more boiling water in ratio to the citrus. Let it sit for 3-5 hours in an open container. Then voila! Anti-flea machine, well once you put it into a spray bottle to spritz over your pet and begin the bathing process. The more to hug them with, since they’ll be smelling so good!
3. Essential Oils Massage
I did not see this coming. How wonderful, so not only are essential oils used to calm and soothe your senses but also as a tool to get rid of fleas? The science behind this is just like opting for a citrus bath, the acidity of these oils can be quite offensive to fleas.
Essential oils that you can use are: eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, citronella, peppermint, spearmint, geranium, and thyme. You can not use them directly on to your pet’s coat. Try mixing it with your dog’s regular soap or distilled water in about 8oz. As an emulsifier, add a tinge of calendula tincture or vegetable glycerin to hold the mixture together.
4. Hair Brushing
It’s a nice pet care tip to ward off outside fleas from entering your household. By simply brushing their mane for a minute or so before entering, it’s already a way to get rid of fleas.
Let’s face it pets love a little action once in a while. What better way to do that than by skipping through the lawn and perhaps meeting neighbor pets along the way. So to ward off those hitching fleas just brush their hair as a preventative method.
5. Soothing Flea Collar
As a second measure to truly get rid of fleas, aside from securing your dog or cat’s mane via their bathing products use a flea collar as another level of shield against any fleas. No need to let out the big bucks.
If you’ve got a collar preferably those made out of wide webbed nylon clothing, then you’ve already got half of what you need. Then spray on an undiluted amount of any of those essential oils, and that’s it. Let it dry and happy flea-free! Then just re-apply those essential oils when it smells like it’s already dried out.
6. Baking Soda & Salt Cleaner
Baking soda has millions of uses already, then add getting rid of fleas as one of them. By mixing equal parts of baking soda and salt, you’ve already got a most natural flea-repellent.
This combo is said to dehydrate these pesky fiends. You put them on to anything that you think they’ve been bugging you like on the sofa, on the bed, on the carpet. Then make sure to leave it for a couple of hours and maybe overnight. So not only are your cuddly little ones free from fleas but your environment will be as well which keeps them from getting infested again.
7. DIY Flea Trap
Not sure you’ve gotten the whole lot from putting baking soda and salt all over your house? Then why not create your own flea trap? It’s one of those “thank you Science!” scenario but you don’t need to be a genius to get it together.
It is also said that fleas or like any bugs are attracted to warm light. So by placing a dish of soapy water near the warm light, it will most definitely trap their assess off since their little legs will be trapped by the soap suds. But of course safety first! So make sure it won’t easily tip since it is near an electric power source.
Are you ready to test out these 7 natural ways to get rid of fleas? I love my little ones and they give me such joy and I know they deserve a flea-free life. That instead of itching and looking very uncomfortable with their rashes and flea allergies, they can instead be more attentive and live fuller.
However like any testing mode it’s a matter of seeing which works. So please be attentive as to how your pet reacts and go for what works as well as immediately stop for what doesn’t. I’ll be posting a part 2 on this in after a month of trying them out more myself. So stay tuned to Pet Care – Tips & Training!
What do you think? Have you tried any one of these? Or are you willing to try? Share your thoughts.