|Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM|
Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summer time (singing) is here and so are the fleas. I do not use Advantage, Frontline or any over the counter flea collars on my cats or dogs. These products are toxic to your pets and they build up an immunity to these products that renders them useless.I have used brewers yeast w/ garlic tablets, Avon Skin So Soft and lavender essential oil. (do not use lavender on cats) All of these work. The first step in flea control is a healthy pet which starts with their diet. Fleas will infest a sick animal as I sadly witnessed first hand. My household is flea-free and I live in Southern California.
From the EPA:
U.S. and Canada to Increase Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Pet Products
Release date: 04/16/2009
(Washington, DC – April 16, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets due to recent increases in the number of reported incidents. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets. . . . Incidents with flea and tick products can involve the use of spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos. However, the majority of the incidents reported to EPA are related to flea and tick treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products. (to read the complete EPA news release, click here) Source: Alternatives 4 Animal Health
THE SIGNS OF FLEAS:
Natural Flea Control Alternatives
1. Rosemary Flea Dip
Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.
2.Make a Flea Collar
Take the pet’s collar or bandana and put on a few drops of eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil , citronella, lavender, or geranium. This will need to be done weekly. I put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil (100% pure) directly on my dog’s neck and base of tail and rub in. DO NOT USE OILS ON CATS
3. Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic
You can find tablets at most pet stores. They are for dogs and cats and the dosage is by weight. Liver flavored and most of my pets eat them as a treat. If not I mix it in their food. Or you can sprinkle a TBSP of brewers yeast on your pet’s food each day. Dogs over 50 lbs. can have up to 2 tsp of garlic a day, and smaller dogs can have 1/4 to 1/2 tsp a day. Garlic can be a problem for cats so don’t give them too much. Brewer’s yeast & garlic changes the flavor of your pet’s blood.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A spoonful of this added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.
5. Lemon Spray Repellent
Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.
6. Avon Skin So Soft
Fill a clean spray bottle with 5 parts water/1 part SSS, shake, spray small amount on dog’s coat. (do not spray on face or near eyes) Gently rub in against fur to get next to skin. Brush. Helps with dry skin, makes coat shine and your pooch smells good. Can be used on cats as well, use SSS w/o sunscreen. Repeat every other day in hot weather.
7. Flea Comb
After your pet is dry, use a flea comb that is specifically designed to remove fleas. Use the comb all over their skin.
Bathing alone is ineffective for flea control. Bathing will kill the fleas on your dog or cat, but will not stop them from getting back on your pet. Bath your dog every week or every other week in the summer time. Bathing more than once a week dries out their skin.
Fill the tub. Fill a tub or sink up with water, dunk your pet up to his neck, fleas will head for high ground. Pick them off as soon as they appear.
Cedar beds make effective repellents, as long as covers are washed routinely.
Vacuum regularly and empty bags if you do not have a bagless vacuum. Fleas can live in the bags.
Flea trap-put soapy water in a shallow bowl/cake pan under a night-light by Fido’s bed (make sure Fido or Kitty will not drink it). Fleas jump at light, fall in water, kills them dead.
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