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Natural Flea Control Basics


Protection For the Animal

Diet: Diet is the foundation of health. Nothing you give your dog or cat can do as much good for their health, immunity and resistance to parasites such as fleas as a proper diet. For more information see What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food.

Supplements: Essential Fatty Acids will help build the immune system and boost the health of the skin and coat. Digestive Enzymes will help him get the most nutrition from his food and aid the digestive process. Garlic and B vitamins tend to make the animal less tasty to fleas, so many guardians supplement with garlic & brewer's yeast (a good source of vitamin B1), during flea season to help their companions ward off attacks. Keep in mind that some animals are allergic to brewer's yeast, so watch closely the first week or so to make sure the itching doesn’t get worse.

The ultimate weapon in the battle with fleas is the Flea Comb. Removing and killing the adults (by drowning them in soapy water) can prevent a lot of future fleas being hatched.

For repelling fleas, we recommend natural essential oil products. Essential oil spray, shampoo, and conditioners not only help repel fleas, but can also help soothe and heal irritated skin. Our Herbal Defense spray, shampoo, conditioner, and concentrated oil blend are very popular alternatives based on a powerful combination of natural essential oils. Bathing your companion is an excellent way to kill fleas, and the Herbal Defense shampoo has soothing oatmeal in addition to the essential oils to help with irritated skin caused by flea bites. Other options for repelling fleas include natural squeeze-on products like Sentry Natural Defense, or an EasyDefense Flea Tag, which simply hang on your pet's collar and uses a revolutionary approach to repelling insects using the bioenergetic field around your pet.

For killing fleas once they are on your pet, we recommend natural flea powders. Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy is a powder made from diatomaceous earth that is safe for use on dogs and cats, as well as around the home.

 

"Diet is the foundation of health. Nothing you give your dog or cat can do as much good for their health, immunity and resistance to parasites such as fleas as a proper diet."


 

Treating the Home

Vacuuming and washing the hard floors often – daily during the height of flea season – is the least toxic way to control fleas. This will remove most of the adults, and some eggs and larvae. Vacuum some Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy or an herbal flea powder into the vacuum bag to kill any fleas in the bag, or remove the bag and discard it in a sealed plastic bag after use.

Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy, discussed above for use on your pets, can also be used on carpeting, on the pet’s bedding, on furniture and on hard floors. It is a very fine powder similar in consistency to talcum powder, so it gets into cracks and crevices on hardwood and linoleum floors easily. It acts more quickly than boric acid products – a difference in the flea population can be noticeable in 24–48 hours.

Boric acid products, such as Fleabusters and Fleago, work in a similar fashion to the diatomaceous earth by dehydrating the fleas. When applied correctly, they offer protection for up to a year or more as they remain deep in the carpet fibers. They may take up to 2 weeks or longer for results to be noticeable, however.

Treating the Yard

Rake up any leaves and keep the grass cut. Watering can help drown the larvae as well. A majority of the fleas and larvae will be within 50 feet of your companion’s favorite spot to rest, so focus on those areas. Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy can be applied to grass to kill fleas in the yard by sprinkling the powder or applying with a hose sprayer. Beneficial Nematodes are another way to control fleas in the yard. Beneficial nematodes are a flea parasite (mother nature always has a balancing mechanism). They are tiny little bugs that prey on both adult fleas and larvae, which may be purchased at a local nursery or greenhouse.

 

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