Fleas are the most annoying and troublesome insects for both humans and their pets. While we can use various products to rid ourselves of fleas, old-fashioned, preventative home remedies relieve us of ever having to have them in the first place. Continue reading
Commercial flea collars and flea control products are very expensive and don’t always work. It’s hard to watch your pet scratch constantly in discomfort and you know you can’t apply another flea control application for 2 more weeks! There is a more cost effective home remedy to kill fleas and you probably have the solution right in your home.
Insects are huge pests and nobody enjoys them in their home. Fleas can become a horrible nuisance if not dealt with. They are the hardest insects to get rid of once they get inside your house. These pesky little buggers are hard to see and they breed like crazy. A couple of fleas that get inside the house can turn into to hundreds over night. Fleas love to attach themselves to your family pet and infiltrate your home that way. Nobody enjoys these pests because they will bite you as many times as they can and cause you to itch uncontrollably. Fleas are ten times as worse than your common household mosquito.
Eucalyptuses leaves may be sprinkled in areas were flea might thrive. It is safe for everybody and you can easily buy them on craft stores.
Because fleas can jump high, you may take advantage of their thrill of lights. Set a trap by placing a small basin under a lampshade put detergent and water solution deep enough to drown them when the flea leaps to reach the light, they will fall on the basin and drown right there.
Another option for you to use is a borate-based solution. This isn’t particularly toxic to humans either and they can fix your problem for about a year. If you go this route you’ll have to make sure that you get every spot though, since leaving one safe zone will negate the whole propose. If you want you can just mix it into a shampooing machine and clean the rug with the solution. The chemical will form a tight bond with your rug and it won’t come out when you vacuum. This will wipe out the fleas, their larvae, and their eggs while killing any new eggs laid over the year. Don’t accidentally use the wood cleaning variant as this is toxic enough to be dangerous to any children.
There are very effective naturally derived substances that can be purchased online such as Eucalyptus oil, that can be used on the pets bedding. However; simple things such as vacuuming your carpets and having them steam cleaned also go a long way in ridding your pet of fleas. Another thing that you can do is to wash your pets bedding in very hot water at least every month or so to kill the flea eggs in it.
To prevent fleas, keep your home clean, indoors and outdoors! All the carpets and floors, and all the corners of the house should be thoroughly vacuumed regularly. The kitchen should be cleaned properly, cleaning up food spills and covering all food stuff. A clean home is an unattractive one to fleas! Water is also a breeding place for fleas, so all the leaky pipes should be promptly repaired. In case you need to use pesticides, the natural, less harmful ones, should be used. Placing herbs like bay leaves, coriander, dill, lemon peel, or clove in pantry shelves, or in stored grain has proved to be effective in keeping fleas away.
Eggs hatch in 2-6 days. The resulting larvae stay close to the site where they hatched, feeding on feces left behind by adults. The larvae are negatively phototactic, and avoid the sunlight. This is why larvae will chiefly be found in dark areas, such as under cushions, deep in carpet fibers, and behind or under furniture.
The remaining larvae can be dealt with by having the carpets professionally steam-cleaned (the steam will kill every stage of flea except eggs). Make sure you warn the cleaners about the fleas and remove infested animals. Alternatively, you can shampoo the carpet with insecticidal carpet shampoo or have a pest control professional apply an infrared heat treatment to the carpet, which kills all stages of flea.
Find a treatment method for inside your home. You can use foggers or call a professional. You may also wish to try many of the home remedies that you are likely to hear once people hear of your problem. However, using a professional treatment is going to be your best bet to getting rid of every flea and ending the problem for good. Make sure that whatever treatment you use will kill adults and eggs.
Home ReFleas are the most annoying and troublesome insects for both humans and their pets. While we can use various products to rid ourselves of fleas, old-fashioned, preventative home remedies relieve us of ever having to have them in the first place. Continue reading