Is there a more natural remedy to kill fleas and ticks without harming your dogs or cats?
Pet owners always take care of their pets because they love them like their children. But they get worried when their pet starts to scratch as they saw fleas dancing around on its body. Apart from various chemicals, you can also try home remedies for the fleas. Previously, there were a few home remedies which also hurt the pets. Here, we will mention the home remedies which kill the fleas without harming your cats and/or dogs.
What are fleas and what are their signs?
There are approximately 2000 species and subspecies of fleas that exist around the world. Many animals are threatened with fleas, especially your pets. They usually live on warm and humid areas on your pet and they feed on the blood.
What is a flea?
It is a tiny pest which is 1 to 3 mm long. They are spontaneous, run and hide, they are quick to move and jump easily.
Puppies are endangered by the fleas because they suck more than 15 times their own weight in blood. Soon the puppies became anemic because of the blood loss. Some show signs of being parasitic anemic which includes paling of gums, fall of body temperature and being lethargic.
Some dogs are sensitive to the saliva of the flea and develop a rash. They become allergic by just one bite of the flea. The pet feels itching and is continuously uncomfortable. The signs of the flea biting are:
- reddish skin
- loss of hair
- and hot spots
If the pet is not treated, the allergy later causes skin infections.
Natural Home Remedies for Fleas
There are lists of natural home remedies to decrease the number of fleas in your home, garden, lawns and near your pet. With the help of these home remedies, your pets are safe and the pests are controlled. This also helps in providing a comfortable environment for your pets. The home remedies for killing and controlling fleas are as follows:
It is one of the easy and effective remedies to kill the fleas and discourage ticks. All you need to do is boil the water and put the rosemary herb in it. Later, when the water is lukewarm apply on your pet’s skin. The pet is soaked in this water and allow it to dry naturally.
2) Flea collar and flea comb
Flea collar is a cloth soaked in a solution of fresh lemon. By making a homemade Herbal flea collar for your dog or cat, you can stop fleas and keep your dog free of dangerous chemicals. Instructions:
- Take a fresh lemon
- Cut it in half
- Remove the seeds
- Put the lemon and rind in the blender and grind it up
- Soak a cloth in the lemon solution for a few minutes
- Lay it on a paper towel to remove the excess solution
- Tie the cloth around your pet’s neck like a collar
- After a few minutes check under the collar to see if your pet has a reaction
The flea hair comb is easily purchased in a pet store. The hair comb has tiny teeth and that helps in getting rid of fleas.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
It is really effective to deter and kill ticks and fleas. All you need is to add a small amount of ACV is your pet’s water. It is considered one of the best natural remedies to discourage fleas. It is also good for the condition of the skin and the fir.
4) Different fruits:
The peels of banana and grapefruits are also used in killing the fleas. You can spread little pieces of the banana peeling around your backyard and also leave small pieces of banana peels on the floor of your doghouse. Within a few days the fleas will be attracted and eat the banana peels and that will kill them.
Take the peelings of grapefruit, soak them in water. Later, soak your pet in this water and this will also kill the fleas.
Orange is also in this list. First take an orange and cut into 2 pieces. Rub the orange pieces on the fir of your pet. The fleas don’t like oranges so they will not come near your pet. (orange is not suitable for your puppies and/or kittens)
Prevention tips for your pet:
- Keep checking for fleas whenever you can
- Keep your house clean – particularly the corners with a thorough vacuum cleaning.
- Feed your pets organic food.
- If you have fleas in your house you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth on your floors and in your carpets. Wait a few days and then vacuum it all up. The diatomaceous earth will kill ticks and fleas by dehydrating them.
Any of your favorite natural flea killer or other pet tips will be appreciated…