I know when you have pets, there is always a risk of getting fleas on your pets as well as in your home. Since our cats are indoor pets, they have not been exposed to fleas and we have not had a problem with them. That is, until a few months ago when a friend brought her new puppy over for a visit. About 2 weeks after the puppy was here, we noticed Meep was scratching. A lot. Because Meep is thin and has mostly white fur, it was sickeningly obvious why she was scratching. The poor baby was covered in fleas and it was absolutely pitiful and soon after, Hazel started scratching as well. We tried bombs, flea dips, carpet powder, flea collars and a few other things trying to get the situation under control. I could not get anything to work, so I looked up alternative treatments and found a few ideas that we could try that was chemical free and more safe for all of us. Here are some of the many suggestions I found:
- Seven Dust (diatomaceous earth): This soft rock powder can be found in dynamite along with nitroglycerin as a buffering agent for transportation and in filtration systems like those in pools. This powder is harmful to insects while it is completely safe for pets and humans. You can sprinkle the powder in carpets and furniture and then vacuum it up along with the fleas!
- Lemons or Rosemary: You can take several lemons, slice them, boil them in water and let it seep for an hour. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and spray your pet and work the mixture into their fur. You can also do the same with rosemary leaves. Fleas do not like the lemon juice and will seek refuge off the animal. This must be used in tandem with something to kill the fleas once they fall off.
- Lavender Oil: Take the essential oil of a lavender plant, which can be found in most herb or natural stores, and place 3-5 drops on the animals tail and the base of their neck. This is a natural flea repellent and the fleas will not want to stay on the pet.
- Brewers Yeast: Take a small amount of brewers yeast and add it to your pets food each day. Fleas do not like the result that is excreted out of the animals skin.
- Electric Traps or UV Lights: Fleas are attracted to warms lights and they drown in soapy water. If you place small containers near nightlights, fleas will be attracted to the light and drown in the water. Another option is electric or plug in flea traps that are effective and safe for you and your pet. Again, the fleas are attracted to the light and the trap will have sticky paper that once the flea gets on cannot leave. One well respected company that offers a wide range of sustainable living solutions, including all natural pest control solutions is Earth Easy. This company, created by Greg Seaman is a place where you can go and find product for your home; inside and out that are as natural as can be!
Using Natural Flea Control
Using so many toxic chemicals in the house to kill the fleas, ended up aggravating my husband and sons allergies. For days after, they had red eyes and their noses were running and the had a dry cough I wasn’t happy about. I didn’t care at that point if the fleas had been killed if it came at the expense of my families health. I was ready to try using natural flea control and the electric flea traps from Earth Easy sounded like a good product to try. I was sent 4 traps and they are very easy to use and take just a few minutes to set up. The trap comes with a sticky pad that you peel the backing off and place under the screen of the trap. You plug the trap in and tuck the trap out of the way and pretty soon you will see a few fleas on the pads. I was really excited to see the traps worked so well and without any chemicals! We did follow the advice from Earth Easy to use the diatomaceous earth on the carpets, furniture and bedding. We also used the lemon juice spray on the cats to kill the adult fleas on them. It has been almost 2 weeks now and we have found a pretty good amount of fleas on the sticky pad, so I am very satisfied. In addition to the pest control, Earth Easy sells such helpful products like low flow shower heads, raised flower beds and foam sealant for insulation. You can also find information on such subjects as gardening, composting, and alternative energy, most of which came from Greg and his wife’s real life experience living in a rural area of the Pacific Northwest. You can purchase the Electric Flea Traps online at Earth Easy for $16.95 and the sticky pad refills for $5.95.