Once fleas are in your house and on your dog, you’ve got a lot of crappy work ahead of you …
flea baths for your dog, washing every bit of fabric in your house, vacuuming everything under your roof. And you’ll probably have to do this more than once.
Wouldn’t life be easier if those fleas never appeared on your dog in the first place? It’s a whole lot easier to prevent fleas from infesting your dog and your home than it is to get rid of them once they’ve taken over.
But I’ve got some good news. I’m going to give you my best home remedies for fleas.
But first, let’s start with the outdoors and try to keep the fleas out of your home and off of your dog so you’ll never have to use my remedies.
Keeping Fleas Out Of Your Yard
Nematodes are your best friend when it comes to keeping your yard flea-free. If fleas aren’t in your yard, they’re less likely to find their way onto your dog.
Beginning in mid-March through April, when soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees, if you start thinking about yard care you can stop fleas before they get your dog.
What Are Nematodes?
Nematodes are tiny wormlike multicellular animals found in the soil. There are a lot of different kinds of nematodes, good and bad. The good ones we’re talking about here are beneficial in controlling many garden pests like ants, termites and grubs — but they also eat fleas!
They can be found at many garden centers and online. They usually arrive ready to use; you just add water as directed on the package, and then you can spray them throughout your yard using a hose sprayer or even a watering can.
Since nematodes are a live organism, you need to use them quickly after they arrive. Apply them in the spring, and ideally again in summer and fall to keep your yard flea-free.
Other Tips For Your Yard
Most people who know me will tell you I’m not a fan of mowing or lawns in general. However if you live in a flea prolific area, you need to keep your lawn cut short.
But you should consider planting a container garden full of lemon balm, sage and rosemary. These plants can repel fleas and deter them from entering the house.
You can also make small changes in your house to keep fleas away.
Protect Your Home: 2 Steps
1. Steam cleaning your carpets in the spring can really get you off to a good start in protecting your home from fleas.
2. Vacuum at least once a week in all areas. Immediately empty the vacuum bags or throw out canister debris in an outside garbage container.
Plus, try these natural remedies to keep fleas away, in your yard, indoors, or on your dog …
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic powder made up of fossilized organisms called diatoms that break apart flea eggs and dry them out before they can grow into adult fleas.
Spread diatomaceous earth outside in your yard wherever your dog spends most of her time.
If you have carpets in your house spread the powder all over and vacuum after 48 hours. Do this once a month during flea season.
You can purchase DE at most holistic dog supply stores, health stores and garden centers. Make sure you’re buying food grade DE which is safe for humans and animals. Don’t buy pool grade DE which is heat treatedn and turns the silicon dioxide that’s in DE into crystalline silica, which can be toxic to humans and animals. Pool grade DE should only ever be used for filtration purposes.
CAUTION: DE can irritate your lungs so wear a mask when you’re applying it.
Fleas don’t like garlic, so it’s a natural flea repellent that’s safe to use in the yard and with your pets.
Here’s a recipe you can make to spray in your yard when flea populations are reaching epic proportions.
Garlic Water For Your Yard
What you need:
8 heads of chopped garlic (there’s no need to peel it for this recipe)
1 gallon of almost boiling water
How to make it:
• Place the garlic in an extra large soup pan and pour the water over the top
• Cover and let the mixture steep for 12 hours
• Pour through a strainer into a garden sprayer
• Lightly spray your lawn and garden area
Note: When treating your yard with garlic, just give everything one light spray. If used too heavily, garlic might harm some of those beneficial bugs you do want in your hard, so just give everything a light spray and don’t soak your grass or plants in the liquid.
Garlic For Your Dog
You can also use small amounts of garlic as an internal flea preventative.
Now you might be screaming, “No, I’ll hurt my dog!”
Yes, garlic can be harmful if you use really huge amounts (equivalent to 75 cloves of garlic for a 70 lb dog) but garlic is safe to use if you use fresh garlic and feed the right amount … and it has many health benefits for your dog.
Always use organic fresh whole clove garlic and avoid garlic supplements.
You can safely give your pet ¼ clove of garlic per ten pounds (use regular sized garlic, not jumbo).
If your pet weighs less than ten pounds, cut a ¼ clove of garlic in half and give ⅛ of a clove.
No matter how big your dog is, I prefer not to give more than two cloves of garlic per day. So if you have a hundred pound dog, still give her only two cloves of garlic.
Start feeding garlic one month prior to the start of flea season and you should find the fleas stay away.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fleas don’t like a dog that is pH balanced.
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) creates a more acidic environment outside and balanced alkalinity on the inside, making it a must-have for flea season success.
Feed your dog ½ teaspoon of ACV per day per 25 lbs. ACV contains important nutrients, vitamins, minerals, vital acids and potassium.
Tip: Test your dog’s urine with pH strips before adding ACV to their food or water. Dogs should have a pH between 6.2 and 6.5.
Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Spray Recipe
Your dog’s skin and coat should be slightly acidic for fleas to find him inhospitable. You can easily achieve this by spraying your dog each week with the following solution.
What you need:
4 oz warm water
6 oz ACV, unfiltered and preferably organic
¼ tsp of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
How to make it:
Mix the ingredients in a small spray bottle and spray your dog’s coat and underbelly weekly, avoiding the eyes or any open wounds.
Everyday Flea Repellent
Here’s my favorite everyday flea spray that’s lightly scented and very effective if you use it consistently.
Mist your dog under the belly, tail and legs with this spray before she goes outside.
What you need:
1 organic lemon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 sprig of garden sage (Salvia officinalis)
1 quart of filtered water
How to make it:
• Slice the lemon into thin rounds
• Place the lemon, rosemary and sage in a large stainless steel or glass bowl
• Make a tea by adding a quart of almost boiling water
• Cover and let steep overnight
• In the morning strain the liquid into a spray bottle
• Refrigerate (lasts 1 to 2 weeks)
Health Is The Best Defense
This last recommendation is probably the most important of all.
Fleas are parasites and parasites seek out the weak and unhealthy.
This means if your dog is healthy, fleas will leave him alone and jump on your neighbor’s dog instead!
The most important ways to keep your dog glowing with good health is to feed him a healthy diet full of fresh whole foods and unprocessed proteins.
Good diet is the foundation of good health.
In particular, supply him with plenty of B vitamins (found in most meats, organ meats, oily fish and eggs), probiotics (such as kefir or fermented vegetables), sulphur rich foods (garlic and veggies like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) as well as omega-6 fatty acids (found in foods like poultry, eggs, flaxseed and hempseed) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like mackerel and sardines as well as flaxseed).
Does Your Dog Have Fleas?
If you suspect your dog might have fleas despite your best prevention efforts, here’s how you can find out:
Stand your dog on moistened paper towels. Brush him, and if little specks of dirt fall onto the towels and turn red or brown, your dog has fleas.
Treating Your Dog For Fleas
During an active flea attack, wash your dog with citrus Castile soap each week followed by a final rinse with ACV. For this rinse, use one part vinegar to ten parts water.
Use a flea comb to comb the top and underside of the tail, neck, underbelly and legs when your dog displays any signs of fleas. Keeping your dog’s coat clean with daily grooming and a flea comb is essential to natural flea prevention.
Once a week, wash all of your dog’s bedding in hot water with a natural, unscented detergent. If your dog sleeps with you, make sure you throw your own bedding in the washer once a week too.
You’ll also want to continue your regular vacuuming of carpets and floors, paying special attention to any places your dog hangs out (along with his little flea companions); and an extra diatomaceous earth carpet treatment or two can also help.
Because the flea’s entire life cycle, from eggs to larvae to pupae to adults, can be as long as several months, you’ll need to keep repeating these steps to make sure the flea infestation is completely gone.
Living the All Natural Lifestyle takes a special effort especially when it comes to your sweet pooch. With a bit of spring planning, you can be well on your way to a successful flea-free season without resorting to toxic chemicals.
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