Even though fleas are a problem for your pets all year round, their populations usually increase a couple of weeks after the weather warms up. Make sure you pay attention and prevent fleas during the spring and in early summer.
Fleas are very small insects with no wings that feed on blood on mammals. Even though they are not able to fly, they can jump from one animal to another while laying eggs. Nowadays, there are many different chemical products that can effectively eliminate that flea problem as well as several natural treatments you can apply to get rid of those insects and prevent them from infesting your pets and your home again.
1. Create an enhanced dog shampoo
As mentioned above, there is a variety of flea shampoos on the market, however, you can create an enhanced version in the comfort of your home. Use half a cup of the regular dog shampoo and mix it with two cups of water and half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use this mixture while you bathe your pet on a regular weekly basis. Increase the quantities of the proportion if your pet is a larger breed. After the bath, use a flea comb.
2. Use a flea comb
The flea comb is the most effective way to get rid of the fleas, it also keeps the pet healthy and nicely groomed. Make sure you purchase a good quality product that can easily remove different sizes of fleas including larvae and their eggs.
3. Wash your pet’s bed and other fabrics
Make sure that you wash your pet’s bed regularly and clean all other fabrics that your pet lies upon. Drying them on high heat is also a very effective way to kill the fleas, larvae, and eggs.
4. Flea collar
In order to make a natural solution and apply it to your pet’s collar, you will need a few drops of lavender oil and some water. Soak the collar in the mixture and tie it around your pet’s neck.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Using apple cider vinegar while bathing your pet will not make the fleas magically disappear. However, using it as a spray will provide an unpleasant environment for the fleas because of its strong smell. Another option for using apple cider vinegar is to add it to your pet’s drinking water which might be very tricky because your pet might not like its taste.
6. Vacuum your home frequently
Keeping the home clean while living with a pet is very important for the health of both yourself and your pet. Your pet walks around your home all day and rests on your bed, couch and in all corners of your home. Vacuuming frequently will prevent the fleas from infesting your home and multiplying.
7. Essential oils
Most essential oils on the market are an efficient way of getting rid of fleas but they can also be very dangerous for your pet.
We, at the ServicePro would like to advise you that even though these are natural ways to reduce the chances of your dog getting fleas, make sure that you consult your vet for the right quantity before you decide using one in order to prevent harming your pet’s health.