Pets are present in almost every household and for good reason. They guard the house when we need to go out of town, keep us company when we feel down, play with us when we need to release stress, and they’re the perfect subject for most of our instagram-worthy photographs. Our four-legged furry friends are part of the family and it’s our job to take good care of them. We take them to the veterinarian for regular check-ups, we give them nutritious food (plus yummy treats in between meals), and bathe them twice a week. The only downside to having pets in the house is this: fleas.
Flea season or no flea season, it’s inevitable to have these pests lurking around your pets and the different corners of your house. These parasites attach themselves to our pests and without immediate treatment, cause serious harm to our pets. It’s not an issue that should be ignored because there have been cases wherein pets died because of infection that the fleas injected into their bodies. It’s hard to trace the symptoms and although there are antibiotics that can help get rid of these pests, they cannot guarantee that your pet’s health will go back to normal.
As the old saying goes: “prevention is better than cure” so to prevent an infestation, it is the pet owner’s responsibility to make sure that the pets are clean and to look for effective ways to get rid of the house and animal pests. Sure there are plenty of pest control products out there, but are you really willing to use those chemicals on your pets? Guess not.
Here are some natural ways to remove fleas and other pests from your pets:
1. Night Light Flea Trap
Are you familiar with the story of the moth who flew too close to the candle that he ended up burning his wing? Well, if fleas had wings this is probably something they would do, too. They are not the smartest of creatures and they are easily drawn to light. You can let this work to your advantage by making a night light flea trap.
You will need:
- A shallow dish
- Warm water
- Night light
- Liquid detergent
- Pour warm water on the dish.
- Add a small amount of liquid detergent.
- Put this dish below the night light.
- Inspect the flea trap every morning to see if it worked. If you see some fleas, remove them, and then go back to step 1.
- This simple method is an excellent way to get rid of fleas.
2. Acidic Spray
If there’s one thing that fleas are not fans of, it’s acidic liquids such as apple cider vinegar. You can add some vinegar to your cat or dog’s body while bathing them. The apple cider vinegar won’t change the pH levels of your pets so no need to worry about using it on them.
You will need:
- Apple cider vinegar
- A spray bottle
- Fill a spray bottle with seven cups of apple cider vinegar.
- Spray the apple cider vinegar on your cat or dog.
- Let the apple cider vinegar rest on your pet’s fur for about five minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and a gentle shampoo.
- Ensure that you don’t leave any trace of shampoo on your pet.
3. Citrus Comb
Fleas hate lemon as much as they hate apple cider vinegar. They will definitely leave your pets once you use this method because they hate the smell of lemon. You will be using a flea comb for this method but if that’s not available, you can use a fine-toothed comb as a substitute.
You will need:
- Flea comb or fine-toothed comb
- A spray bottle
- Three whole lemons
- A pot
- Three cups of water
- Slice the lemons and squeeze to extract the juice.
- Fill the pot with water.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Put the pot on the stove and wait for the mixture to boil.
- After boiling, set the pot aside to let it cool for a while.
- Strain the lemons while pouring the liquid in the spray battle.
- Spray the lemon solution on your cat or dog while combing them.
When getting rid of fleas and pests, don’t just focus on your pets. These parasites could be lurking on other parts of your house. Check the rags, gaps in between the tiles, grills, plants, and other places where your pets usually hang out. Make sure that you do any of the above-mentioned natural pest control methods on your home to make sure that your pets are 100% flea and pest free.
If your house has ants and other pests that keep bothering you, put an end to your misery by using any of the methods we listed above. You can use one method at a time until you find one that works perfectly for you. These methods are effective, plus you don’t have to worry about using chemicals that could harm the adorable furry members of your family.