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Get rid of Fleas on Pets

How to get rid of fleas on cats and dogs

 

     How to get rid of fleas in your pet’s fur

     Ideas to prevent re-infection

 

How to SAFELY get rid of fleas in YOUR PET’s fir

Without using potentially toxic pesticides

 

GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT SHAMPOO

 

You will need:

·         Grapefruit seed extract (Triple strength/Citricidal)

·         Cat or dog shampoo or BLUE Dawn® washing up liquid

 

1)            Combine approximately 7-10 drops of triple-strength grapefruit seed extract for every tablespoon of cat or dog shampoo - Mix thoroughly. BLUE Dawn® washing up liquid is recommended by some as an alternative to cat or dog shampoo – users report that Dawn kills fleas on contact, even by itself. However, it does not kill eggs and may dry out skin if used too often. The soap molecule in Dawn bonds with the flea’s exoskeleton and forces water into their bodies so they drown.

 

2)            Shampoo your pet’s fur thoroughly with the mixture – best to do this outside, because some fleas will jump off. How much of the mixture you use depends on the size of your pet. E.g. a cat may need up to 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Keep mixture away from your pet’s eyes.

 

As you wet the animal down, the fleas are going to “flee” for higher and drier ground in the head area.  Therefore, to prevent them from escaping, first pour a thick layer of the shampoo mixture all around the head and neck area; as close to the top of the head and underneath the chin area as you can get. Pour small amounts of water with your hand onto the soapy area and spend some time building up a thick, soapy barrier that will kill the fleas that attempt to pass through it. 

Proceed by wetting down and lathering up the rest of the animal's body while frequently returning to massage and re-lather the neck area. 

 

3)            Allow it to sit on your pet’s fur for 7-10 minutes - Do not allow the animal to lick itself during this time (this mixture is too strong to be taken orally and may irritate the pet’s tongue); Towards the end of the session, use a flea comb if you have one.

 

4)            Rinse the animal off thoroughly, removing all the mixture –  leaving any soap residue may irritate animals skin. If you like, you may dry off your pet.

 

5)            Repeat Steps 1 through 4 in three days - to kill off any remaining fleas that have hatched out.

 

 

Diatomaceous earth

(food-grade)

 

-       Kills by physical, not chemical, action - contains no chemicals, toxins or additives. Its tiny diatoms scratch off the insect's waxy coating, and dehydrate it. Fleas cannot become immune to its action.

 

-       Fleas come in contact with the powder and die within 48 hours

 

-       How to Use on Pet

 

     Apply full strength by rubbing into animal's coat.

     Use 1 oz.on small dogs and cats /  2 oz. on medium and large dogs.

      Avoid getting dust in animal's eyes.

     Avoid inhalation.

      Reapply every 3 days or as needed.

     Do not use on puppies or kittens under 12 weeks of age

     Consult a veterinarian before using on debilitated, aged, medicated, pregnant or nursing animals.

 

-       Can safely be sprinkled on pet bedding and rugs

 

-       Diatomaceous earth is drying to the skin –  wash hands immediately after use.

 

 

Ideas to prevent re-infection

 

      OBVIOUSLY, remove source of fleas -  if known or possible

 

      Add apple cider vinegar (ACV) to animal’s water – this makes the skin smell and taste acidic to the fleas and will repel them. It also repels ticks and flies. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is preferred. Animals usually love the taste of ACV, which has numerous other health benefits.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar  (ACV)

 

-       Example doses – For a 70# dog use 2-3 Tbsp. ACV /day. For a 10# dog use about 1 teaspoon /day.

 

      Sprinkle a 50/50 mixture of borax and salt on carpets, soft furniture, dark areas under furniture, pet sleeping areas - Borax and salt work by absorbing moisture of the flea. Allow to sit for a couple days before vacuuming it up. Since borax does not kill un-hatched flea eggs, you may need to repeat the process several times, depending on the severity of your infestation. You may want to keep your pet out of these treated areas during this process.

 

      Vacuum hard surfaces daily for a week - You can add some borax to the vacuum bag to kill any live fleas you pick up.

 

      Bug zapper in a corner on the floor inside the house – warmth and light draws fleas at night and zaps them. Place behind a table so that children and animals can not get to it, but that the light can emanate. Lowe’s/Home Depot sell a 15 watt zapper (for up to 3000 sq feet) for around $25.

 

      Lemon water - slice a lemon, put it into a bowl and pour boiling water over the lemon slices. Let it sit overnight. Strain and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your pet and all places where the fleas are at. Users of this method rave about how it works.

 

      Rosemary – a Farmers Almanac tip to kill/repel fleas – steep 2 cups of fresh rosemary in water at a low boil for around 20-30 min. - you'll get brown water.

 

-       Use on household surfaces - after completely vacuuming everything, wipe down all hard surfaces and spray [bottle] furniture, under cushions and under furniture.

 

-       Or make a spray for pet - Strain the liquid and remove the leaves. Transfer the liquid to a bucket and add one gallon of warm water. Allow the water to reach a lukewarm temperature. Soak your dog or cat in the remedy by pouring over their coat. Let animal dry naturally – preferably in the warmth of the sun.

 

-       Alternative rosemary remedy - grind rosemary leaves into a fine  powder and sprinkle on the places your dog or cat sleeps and plays as a way to repel fleas. 

 

      Water and light idea to try - before going to bed, lay down a white sheet and place a cookie sheet in the middle and fill it with water. Lastly, place a lamp next to it. Attracted to the light and the white of the sheet, fleas will jump into the plate and drown. See how many you caught in the morning!

 

      Banana peels – split 2 banana peels several times. Place on floor, inside facing up, where your pets will not chew on it. E.g. Under furniture. Reason unknown, but fleas are gone in about two days. Leave peelings there until dried and replace a couple more times to be on the safe side.

 

      Diatomaceous Earth - sprinkle on pet bedding and rugs

 

      Give dog raw liver – this unusual tip may be worth a try: give your dog a piece of raw liver to eat at least once a week. Reportedly makes any ticks jump off the dog;

 

      Essential oils used in sprays for fur or added to shampoos - include Lemongrass, Lavender and Citronella, Eucalyptus, Pennyroyal, tea tree, rosemary,

 

 

      For the yard - use one cup of pine-sol with one cup of vinegar in a water hose sprayer and spray the yard once or twice a month.

 

 

 

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