Flea + Tick

Homemade Repellents for Fleas and TicksAussiedoodles and goldendoodles in va

Since it is the season for Fleas and Ticks.  I thought we would talk again about homemade Fleas and Ticks solutions.

Oh my goodness, this time of year we all will battle this problem. And we certainly want to do the very best for our furry friends.

Too many people want to take the easy way and buy products from our veternarians. Please try to avoid doing this,at all costs. The spot on products especially. Lets use some common sense, if it advises you to put on gloves to apply this stuff, do you honestly want it on your pets skin?

Lets look into some alternatives to treat for fleas and ticks,  that actually do work and your veternarian or the drug companies dont have their hands in.

Diatomaceous Earth

Flea + Tick Barrier Tags

Dr. Mercola Flea + Tick Spray

Vet’s Best Natural Flea + Tick Spray

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Effective Repellent for Fleas and Ticks

Lemon Repellant Recipe

***The Very best results I have gotten is with using the Lemon solution for fleas and ticks. sometimes I use a combo of Homemade things for fleas and ticks. If they are all natural it is safe.

  • Cut 1/4 Lemon (I wrap the lemon in cheese cloth to avoid messy straining) **
  • Boil 1 pin  of water.**
  • Put the Lemon (wrapped in cheese cloth) in boiling water, turn off stove. **
  • Cover Let Steep overnite. **
  • In the morning, Squeeze lemon.  **
  • Pour with funnel into a Spray bottle.( I use cheese cloth here also)
  • Waalaa Instant Flea and Tick repellent.  **
  • Spray your Pet.  Avoiding Eyes, and sensitive areas. Spray behind ears, down back, under arms, chest, base of tail where fleas like to hide. You may use this treatment as often as you like, I would recommend daily.

 


Natural Flea + Tick Recommendations:

1st) Bathe your dog, add  apple cider vinegar(organic) to the rinse water. This will make your dog’s fur taste bad, thus reducing any attraction it may have for fleas and ticks. Or you can use  A COUPLE OF DROPS OF DAWN (blue) DISH LIQUID

2nd)Dab two drops of essential oil to the area between your dog’s shoulder blades. Such as Lavender, or lemongrass essential oils repel ticks Lavender essential oil is also effective in reducing, fleas and ticks as well as flies and mosquitoes.

3rd) Boost your dog’s immune system by feeding a high quality pet food, such as Life’s Abundance which is high  in probiotics.

More Ideas for fleas and Ticks repellents use the Search box,Keyword Fleas

Fleas and Ticks in your Home 

***Build a flea trap. However, building flea traps won’t rid your house of fleas, it’s a good way to verify that you’ve got fleas in your home and determine how severe an infestation there is.

Directions to build a flea trap> Hang a light source over a sticky, disposable surface (flypaper works well for this) or a bowl of soapy water. The heat from the light source attracts any nearby fleas, many of which will then get caught on the sticky surface or in the water. You will notice the fleas are small, dark, flat-bodied insects.******

Another Home Treatments for Fleas and Ticks.

One of the best ways I have found is to get some normal table salt. Sprinkle on carpets, sofas, cushions, let stand for 24hrs then vacume.I find is easier to do one or two rooms at a time. also, washing pet bedding in warm to hot water, and treating pet with the lemon spray during this time as well.


 

DIATOMACEOUS  Earth as a Flea and Tick repellent

***There are Many Uses for Diatomceous Earth.  You may Treat your pets, your yard and your house with Diatomaceous Earth. However please read info here regarding proper use and warnings > all Diatomaceous Earth Products are not the same!

FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BENEFITS SUMMARY:

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?: Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a powder comprised of microskeletons of deceased diatoms, which are a type of algae (both fresh water and sea water varieties occur). You sprinkle the powder on your pets and your carpets, and the fleas die from dehydration. You can use it on dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats.

How it works:
When applied to the animal’s fur, DE scrubs on the hard exoskeletons of fleas. The tiny granules of silicon (think finely ground sand) work in the tiny holes of the flea’s respiratory system and in the joints of the fleas. Every time the flea moves or breathes, the silicon grinds away at the exoskeleton, eventually killing the flea through blocking/maiming the respiratory holes or by water loss, as the exoskeleton helps keep in the flea’s body water. It works the same way when applied to carpets instead of fur.
How to use it:
1) Wear a mask and put one on your pet. Even though it’s nontoxic, you don’t want to get it in your lungs.

2) Sprinkle the DE along your dry pet’s spine. Massage it along the body, working your way carefully to the extremities, avoiding the eyes.

3) Spread some diatomaceous earth on the carpets, brush it in and leave for about four days. Then vacuum it up to remove most of the fleas in the carpet.

4) Repeat the application frequently during an infestation. You should notice a decrease in fleas within a couple days.

NOTE: Make sure not to use the kind of DE used in swimming pools. Use natural diatomaceous earth. that is Human grade only, some health food stores, and from natural-pet catalogs.Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html#ixzz1ODqccFBF

Natural wormer -** eliminates many parasites without chemicals·** Safe, non-toxic, parasites don’t build immunity as they do with traditional wormers· **15 trace minerals **great for animals, humans, plants, and soil· **No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals· Decreased mastitis· **Reduced scours· Decreased mortality· Better Feed conversion·, *Helps detox heavy metals, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc.·* Promotes shinier coats· *Digestive aid· *Colon cleanser· *Better production· *Better overall health·* Eliminates pests in stored grains· *Reduces flies, fleas, ticks, etc.· *Reduces manure odor·* Drying agent· *Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennel, litterboxes, compost piles, and other moist areas· * Anti-fungal properties – good for garden fungal growth·* Reduces overall animal stress· *Cost effective·* DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills and disease. (courtesy of Wolf Creek Ranch)

Please Note: The effects of these spot on treatments to our pets has been a recent issue. God willing it will be taken off the market. But dealing with the big drug companies, honestly that is not likley going to happen. It is up to us to protect our pets. Recently I heard that one of the major companies that makes spot on flea control, is now offering a free rabies vaccine with purchase, (they make those too, what???), First off  a dog should only have a 1yr vaccine if under one year old, and a 3yr vaccine, 1year after the first vaccine is given. This is all that is legally required. See Article Vaccines Less is More. Whatever you do dont fall into this trap.

In Closing, We all want to do everything humanly possible to care for our pets. Especially with Controlling Fleas and Ticks, I hope this Article with Homemade Fleas and Ticks solutions has helped you in some way.

Fleas and Ticks is a on going fight, I am here to help.


 

 What are Dog Fleas?

In the world of pesky household pests, the dog and cat flea are so alike in appearance and biology that they are often described as the same entity, but are still different in many ways. The dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) along with the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is a common species of flea found both inside and outside of the home. A full-grown flea is light to deep brown in color and measures about two to eight millimeters long [1]. They do not possess wings, but their large hind legs give them the ability to cover long distances in one jump

Dog fleas start out as larvae, which are about twice as long as full-grown fleas. When an infestation takes place, the fleas feed on microscopic organic substances, dry blood, and excrement that accumulate in the nooks and crannies of an affected site. If a dog suffers a heavy infestation, their bedding may display what is described as a “salt and pepper” appearance, which is actually comprised of the grayish-colored larvae and white flea eggs.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Individual dogs and certain breeds produce varying responses to fleas. Normally, only minor skin irritation takes place even when the presence of dozens of fleas bite in one region. However, if a dog is allergic to fleas, then the outcome is much more serious, including severe spells of itching. When a flea bites a dog, saliva makes contact with the skin, causing the source of allergic reactions.

Overall, when fleas strike your pooch, they often respond by chewing, licking, or scratching. Untreated cases often result in a wide-range of complications. This includes the rapid spread of dog fleas that eventually affect the rest of the household. Humans who are bitten by fleas usually suffer a rash characterized by small bumps that itch and sometimes bleed [2]. Severe itching may follow, which heavily affects people with sensitive skin; and children, who often suffer allergic reactions [3].

Risk Factors and Negative Effects of Dog Fleas

When it comes to dog fleas, there are a handful of risk factors and negative effects associated with an unfortunate infestation. Below you will find some of the elements that add to the negative effects of fleas:

a) Allergic Reactions:

Dogs born with or who develop an allergy to fleas will undergo harsher reactions to flea bites. It is the saliva of the flea that causes severe itching to take place.

b) Immune System:

Puppies and dogs with compromised immune systems may not have the ability to fight off negative reactions caused by a loss in blood caused by high flea infestation.
dog fleas home remedies2 Home Remedies for Dog Fleas

c) Small Dogs:

Smaller dog breeds, such as the Toy Poodle and the Miniature Yorkshire Terrier are often susceptible to the loss of blood that comes with an untreated flea infestation. They may also face the risk of anemia.

d) Hair Loss:

The natural chewing, scratching, and licking a dog exhibits when trying to deal with flea bites may lead to hair loss over long periods of time.

e) Open Sores:

When a dog constantly chews or scratches at flea bites, an open sore may develop, which only worsens as a dog licks the wound.

f) Bacterial Infections:

A secondary bacterial infection develops when open sores are left untreated and a dog continuously chews, scratches, and licks infected areas.

g) Household Infestation:

When a heavy flea infestation develops, an entire household faces the wrath of spreading fleas that attach themselves to carpets, rugs, and other objects in a house. When household infestations become persistent, a homeowner may call upon the help of a professional in pest control.

h) Climate:

Locations about the world where the climate is wet, warm, and humid tend to accommodate higher flea populations. This is why states in the southern part of the U.S. are more susceptible than northern regions.

i) Use of Insecticides:

Some homeowners must choose the lesser of two evils when it comes to household pests. Since spiders and ants prey upon the larvae and eggs of fleas, the use of insecticides destroys the population of advantageous, flea-fighting insects who threaten the number of fleas inside and outside of the home.

j) Spread of Disease:

Fleas are known to carry awful diseases and infect their victims with various bacteria, plagues, and tapeworms [4].

Home Remedies for Dog Fleas

The number one objective of a dog owner with a flea-infested pet is to remove the pests out of their companion’s life, as well as out of their home. While many individuals race to the supermarket for the latest commercial remedy on the market, there are a few home options for dog fleas to consider, including:

a) Soap Detergent and Water:

Fill a pan with water and place a little bit of dish detergent and leave the pan in the middle of a flea-infested room with a lamp shining brightly on the setup throughout the night. This should be the only light source in the room, as fleas are attracted to the brightness. The unsuspecting pests will leap into the water and drown, as the dish soap prevents their escape.

b) Effective Outdoor Care:

To minimize the number of fleas able to enter your household, you can follow a few basic yard cleanup techniques. This includes properly mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and tall plants, as well as removing sand and gravel accumulations.

c) Reconsider Insecticides:

Some homeowners refrain from the use of insecticides because they reduce the population of ants and spiders, which naturally control the number of flea eggs and mature adult fleas in your yard [5].

d) Avon Skin-So-Soft [6]:

University of Florida research has revealed promising results for effective flea care when flea-ridden pooches received a sponge application utilizing a solution consisting of 1.5 ounces of Skin-So-Soft to one gallon of water. The next day, flea counts dropped by 40%. The woody fragrance of the Avon product is believed to offend the fleas’ sharp sense of smell.

e) Dryer Sheets:

Some dog owners have used dryer sheets as a daily home remedy against dog fleas. If your canine has sensitive skin, then this method is not suggested.

f) Vinegar:

Mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water makes an effective dog flea spray bottle treatment, which is satisfyingly cost-efficient.

g) Cedar Pillows:

At the pet supply store, cedar-filled pillows are sold as a flea deterrent, but you can also make your own at home. Take an old pillowcase and fill it with cedar shavings, followed by a good stitching.

h) Daily Grooming:

Controlling fleas at home begin with proper grooming techniques and habits. Every dog owner should own a fine-toothed flea comb. Be prepared to spend more time on long-haired pooches over dogs with short coats.

*In addition you may also sprinkle table salt around your home, carpets, furniture etc, leave on for 24hrs Vacuum (discard bag or empty)