Oh this is the most wonderful time of the year….for fleas and ticks! We often times let our guard down because the cool weather makes our thoughts turn to “bugs be gone”. Unfortunately, over time these critters have adapted to climate change and in many cool to cold seasons survive! Yikes! Ticks can live through some pretty harsh winters and the reason why we seem to think they don’t is simple. They just can’t move about as easily because their host or prey will stay indoors more. That doesn’t mean fleas and ticks die off because of a cold weather snap, it just means they can’t find a ride around as often. So it’s very important owners keep their pets covered with some type of prevention.
If you are concerned about using chemicals around your family or your pets, don’t worry! So do I! Choosing natural treatments over man-made chemicals is a much better decision for health reasons. There are many homemade remendies you can choose and will make everyone happy, happy, happy!
Limonene. This sounds like a pretty harsh chemical doesn’t it? Well you can find it in most all produce sections or farmers markets. It is a simple as a lemon, lime or orange. Limonene is a natural ingredient in citrus and citrus itself is a natural acid. Natural acid as well as the aroma of the fruit will hinder fleas and ticks from hitching a ride on your four legged child and eventualy to your family. There are several different methods to use citrus fruits for a deterant but lets just go for simple!
Boil sliced lemons, limes or oranges in a cup and a half of water 10 – 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 mins and pour into a clean spray bottle.
Before using the spray, comb your pet throughly using a flee comb. Alternating spraying and combing until your pet has been completely covered with the spray working from their tail up to their head. Keep out of eyes and ears. No need to soak them.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Now here is something that most every household has in their pantry. Vinegar is such a multi-purpose natural acidic product the uses are endless! Vinegar is also a non-toxic weed-killer, a base for many dressings, glass cleaner and also great for killing fleas.
In a spray bottle combine:
1 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 c water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda (make sure you add this last and slowly)
Do not shake but gently mix.
Spray starting at your dogs tail and comb in. Work your way to the head. Don’t forget their tummy as flees love this area!
keep out of your pets eyes and ears. You can also spray their beding as well.
Brewers Yeast granular or tablets
You can purchase Brewers Yeast at your local feed store or pet stores. Follow directions on the container. You can give this to your pet everyday!
After all this you will have treated your pet in vain if your don’t treat your carpets as well. Purchase a box of borax. Sprinkle on your carpets and let stand for 10 – 15 minutes. Completely vaccuum.