Friday, April 18, 2014

Natural Flea Control For Dogs and Your Home

Welcome to Jeanpatch blog!  We are glad you are sharing a part of your day with us.  Fleas are such a hard insect to get rid of and here in Florida they are giving us a fit this year.  But, before you break out the arsenal of deadly chemicals to kill them, stop and read this first.
This is how my family treats the flea problems here in Florida and I hope you will give it a try.  It is safe for you and your pets.

 There's only one pesticide, natural or otherwise, that's a specific for insects and completely safe. Diatomaceous earth is a type of fossilized algae that resembles chalk dust. The fine, sharp-edged particles attach themselves to and penetrate the waxy coating on a flea's shell-like exoskeleton, causing the little bloodsucker to dehydrate and die.

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My plan of action for these pests is always an all natural one.  This part of Florida seems to be getting a strong out break of the fleas this year.  At the health food store where my daughter works, people are coming in saying that even the Vet prescribed type of flea control is not working.
So, I have been researching and found several ways to kill them naturally that won't hurt you or your pets.  The first one is the above mentioned powder, Diatomaceous earth, that can be bought at any hardware or home improvement store.  We bought ours for around $10.00 for a huge bag.

Next, I found that several herbs do a good job and one being Rosemary.  So, I followed the directions on one site and it said to boil 2 cups of the leaves in 2 quarts of water for 30 minutes.  I did a low boil.  Then, you put in your pets cloth collar or cut strips of flannel fabric like I did and soak for several hours.  Let the liquid cool then hang the collar or flannel up to dry.
After, it is dry put it on your pet.  Be sure to wash them first with a natural flea soap and their bedding as well.

I'll let you know in about a month if the flea problem gets under control.  Anything that you use that is natural always takes longer to work, but once it starts it does the job perfectly!  Here is our little guy wearing his flannel soaked in Rosemary for natural flea control.  We shaved his fur down short so we could see his skin and any fleas.

Thank you for visiting Jeanpatch Blog today and I hope this information helps you and your pet get rid of fleas naturally.