Have you ever worried about fleas infesting your precious pets and house? Most pet owners dread the day they see fleas jumping around their furry friends. There are many ways to flea-proof your house and pets. It is best to know the enemy and evaluate your options in order to avoid flea infestation.
Flea infestation starts with the fleas feeding on a host and laying eggs. Fleas can lay eggs as soon as they have sucked blood from their host. It doesn’t matter if they’re cat or dog fleas. Fleas would feed on warm-blooded animals.
If you look around your place, you are more likely to find flea eggs and larva than adults. More than 50% of the flea population in your house is flea eggs. Female adult fleas lay eggs and leave flea droppings for the larva to feed once the eggs hatch. Therefore, it is important that you check your pets for both flea eggs and droppings. Use a flea comb and run it through your pet’s skin. Make sure there are white paper towels on the floor so you can spot if there are flea eggs and droppings. They would appear like specks of salt and pepper.
A flea’s life cycle is similar to any insect. The flea egg would hatch into a larvae then develop into a pupa in just a couple of days. The last would be the adult stage. Each stage is affected by its external conditions. Lower temperature would cause fewer larvae to hatch.
Flea eggs can be found in your pet’s beddings, under your furniture, in brick piles or within tall grasses. They prefer dark and moist places so make sure you clean those areas of your house.
Flea removal should not just be focused on adult fleas. As pointed out, there are more flea eggs than adult fleas in your house. Some of them may be hiding within the threads of your expensive carpet. You can purchase a carpet and home flea spray to kills fleas and even house dust mites. Some brands guarantee a flea-free house for a year. Flea spray can kill adult fleas and prevent the development of eggs and larvae. If you’re worried about the toxic chemical of those commercial flea sprays, then check your market for natural flea sprays. Natural essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, lemon grass or thyme are used instead of chemicals. These prove to be harmless to your pets but effective in killing biting pests. Make sure to check your flea spray for its directions. There are flea sprays that should be sprayed on your animal’s skin and others that should only be sprayed around your house. Do not confuse those two types of flea spray.
DIY Natural Flea Control
You may think that flea control is an expensive task. However, you can just head to your kitchen and have everything you need to prevent the nuisance of having flea infestation. If you have a dog, there are natural flea killer for dogs. You can whip something up in a couple of minutes. Here are some suggestions:
a. Salt: That table salt is not just for making your food tastier. It’s a common everyday substance that can get rid of those brown, wingless creatures. Ground the salt as fine as possible. Sprinkle your salt powder over your carpet. Make sure to brush or rake. Salt would act as a dehydration agent and dry out the bodies of fleas. Just be cautious in leaving salt as it can attract moisture. Do not leave it for a long time during hot or humid conditions. The powder must be left on your carpet for 12 to 48 hours, then vacuumed thoroughly to get rid of flea eggs.
b. Lemon: Another natural flea repellent for dogs is a simple mixture of lemon and water. Slice a whole lemon and place it in boiling water. Strain then let it sit overnight. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray in places you are likely to find fleas. You can also spray it on your pet’s fur but keep an eye for any discomfort from your pets before repeating the process. You can also purchase lemon essential oil that you can drop around your house.
c. Rosemary: You can steep sprigs of rosemary together with the thin slices of lemon overnight in boiling water. Add a few drops of geranium oil before spraying around your furniture and dog.
d. Vinegar: White vinegar can also be used to make your own flea spray. Mix half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. Avoid apple cider vinegar as it is less effective than white vinegar. This can be a cheap and effective flea killer for dogs.
e. Other Essential oils: Make your own flea collar by dropping some essential oil to repel the fleas. You can also add the oil to your laundry treatments and vacuum cleaner bags. Effective essential oils include citronella, cedar, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint. Remember to wash your hands after handling the essential oils.
Other Flea Control Methods
Aside from flea sprays, you can make your own flea trap. Grab a shallow dish then place a small amount of water. Add a bit of dish soap and place under a light source. Leave the setup overnight and remove every morning. Fleas are drawn to warmth and light but will drown in soapy water.
If flea infestation is too severe, consult your veterinarian right away. You should not prolong any suffering from flea bites as these bites can be fatal.