Now that the weather’s getting warmer, it won’t be long before flea and tick season are here again.
Here are 4 Ways to Control Fleas and Ticks Naturally:
Apple cider vinegar can make a good spray too. Just mix it with water in a clean spray bottle, about ½ and ½. Then spray it on your pet daily. Pay special attention to behind the ears and the base of the tail where fleas tend to collect.
1–All Natural “Flea” Collars for dogs—rub one of the following essential oils onto a rope collar or bandana to keep fleas and ticks at bay. Eucalyptus, lavender or citronella are all scents that repel pests. You will need to do this weekly to keep it fresh and effective.
2—Supersonic – This small electronic device looks like a tag or pendant and fits on your pet’s collar. It emits a series of electronic pulses to prevent fleas and ticks from setting up camp on your furry friend. It’s safe for dogs and cats.
3—Vacuum often – If you have carpeted floors, be sure to vacuum frequently to pick up any possible flea larvae. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day and they’ll fall off your pet into the carpet and furniture where your pet sits. Frequent vacuuming can rid your house of these pests before they hatch.
4—Diatomaceous earth— You can sprinkle this powder around your yard and pet bedding to prevent fleas and ticks. It’s made of fossilized diatoms (a type of phytoplankton) and appears soft and powdery to the naked eye. However, if you look at it under a microscope, it’s actually full of sharp edges. These sharp edges provide effective natural flea prevention. Because when fleas crawl through the substance, the sharp shell edges slice their bodies. They leak water from the soft tissue and dehydrate.
Side Effects: A word of caution, the sharp edges can harm your respiratory track so wear a mask and goggles when you’re applying it to large areas like your yard or pet beds.
Let it settle without your pet around so they don’t breathe in the substance. Be aware, it’ll wash away in the rain for wait for a dry day and you’ll need to reapply it after heavy rains.
What’s your favorite method for preventing fleas and ticks? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.