Is your home being overrun…
... by fleas?
Here are some home remedies for fleas that will help you conquer these most unwelcome invaders and keep them out of your home.
If you are looking to defeat dog fleas, there are a number of ways we can do this and I share these dog friendly methods on these pages:
Hate to vacuum? Well, for this battle, it’s our friend and an excellent home remedy.
Vacuum at least a few times a week to pick up any fleas that might have jumped on, came in, and started to multiply.
In whatever state they are in - eggs, larvae, or pupae - this can stop the cycle from continuing.
Another simple but effective home remedy for fleas is to wash all bedding and toys with hot water and dry with high heat at least once a week.
I throw the soft toys right in the washing machine with the pillow cover. If they can’t take it because falling apart, they’re sent to the dungeon - aka the trash bin.
Plastic or rubber toys can be soaked for a while in hot water and any mix of oils listed below.
Here are essential oils that do an amazing job of repelling fleas and at least some should be in every home remedy kit:
Great Home Remedy Powder:
I mix baking soda and lavender essential oil then sprinkle it around on the carpet and even on the dog’s bed. Let it sit for at least an hour, then vacuum it up.
Make sure you throw the debris the vacuum cleaner picked up in a sealed bag. I actually put the first bag inside of another bag and then take it outside. We don’t want those evil creatures getting out again!
Not a lavender fan like me? No worries. Just substitute one or more of the above essential oils that have an enjoyable fragrance to you.
A mix of the citrus oils or cinnamon and clove are some examples of great smelling combinations we can create and use in our homes.
Diatomaceous earth as a weapon of torture for fleas?
Count me in!
... but some notes of how to handle it safely first.
Diatomaceous earth is highly recommended to kill fleas and it is definitely effective but please use it with a little bit of caution which I explain below.
Don’t get me wrong I love this stuff as I use it for internal parasite control for myself and my dog. The key concern here is to use diatomaceous earth that is labeled “food grade”. If not, it is poisonous!
Here’s the caution: the tiny parts of the fossil remains of diatoms - single-celled algae that have cell walls made of silica - can cut up lung tissue if inhaled in large amounts. It is not a problem as long as you are careful.
Food Grade diatomaceous earth isn’t powdery like flour but if you dump a cup or more into another container a little will briefly go airborne.
Frankly, I’m being overly cautious but I am, after all, pro-health and want to make sure I emphasize safety first.
I assure you that many people and animals use food grade diatomaceous earth on a regular - often daily - basis and we are all fine. In fact, we are healthier thanks to it.
Listen to the words of …
… a highly respected vet and author as he explains in his book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, how to use food grade diatomaceous earth: sprinkling it once or twice a year “along walls, under furniture, and in cracks and crevices that you cannot access with a vacuum”.
As for outdoors, I sprinkle it on the concrete pad outside my door and in the shrub beds that are on either side. You can go further and put it around your yard to keep fleas from coming near your home and dog(s).
Follow the above home remedies for fleas and your castle will be flea free with more time to spend enjoying our wonderful furry friends than battling those evil critters.
Lead the charge confidently,