Mosquitoes, Fleas, And Ticks OH MY!

Scratch That Itch
As much as most people enjoy the warmer weather, it usually comes with its own set of difficulties. People with cats, dogs and even horses have experienced at some point fleas, ticks and issues with mosquitoes. These insects are not only a major nuisance but can be very costly for the health of your family and your pet. It can be very expensive to treat a flea infestation once they take up residence in your home.

Unfortunately, many people are finding out the popular flea and tick medications on the market are becoming less and less effective. It’s not because the medications have changed but due to the fleas building up a resistance to the insecticide. Yep! I said it – insecticide!

The chemicals we inflict upon our animals is the same compounds used in insecticides. The oral medications are less harmful to people than the topical applications but both can have unsatisfactory side effects. The topical can cause issues for people who have extremely close contact with their pets. Children are extremely susceptible to coming in contact with the insecticide after it is applied to the pet.

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 eventually to your family. There are several different methods to use citrus fruits for a deterrent but let’s 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 thoroughly using a flea comb. Alternating spraying and combing until your pet has been completely covered with the spray working from their tail up to their head

Apple Cider Vinegar
Now here is something that almost 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 dog’s 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 bedding as well.

Brewer’s Yeast granular or tablets
You can purchase Brewer’s 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 you don’t treat your carpets as well. Purchase a box of borax. Sprinkle on your carpets and let stand for 10 – 15 minutes.
Completely vacuum.

Be Blessed!
Sheila Jefferson
Paws and Claws Pet Services

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