Introduction: How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs (Naturally)
When it comes to your pets, nothing can lead to more discomfort than fleas. In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to get rid of fleas on dogs. The technique that we are going to use is safe, 100% natural and extremely effective. The amount of people that still use harsh chemicals to treat their animals is alarming. These toxic products can cause very serious side effects. Most people do not realize that there ways to kill fleas naturally that are just as effective.
The reason that it is so difficult to get rid of fleas is because of their various life cycle stages. The adults that you see crawling all over your dog only account for 5% of the total population. Half of a typical infestation is made up of eggs. The rest consists of pupa and larva. Your treatment plan needs to be versatile enough to kill fleas on dogs that are in every stage of their life cycle.
Interesting Fact: A flea is capable of jumping 160 times its own height! If humans were capable of that, we would be able to jump over tall buildings!
Where is Your Dog’s Flea Infestation Coming From?
The first step you should take in order to get rid of fleas on your dog is to identify the source of the infestation. Animals can easily obtain them form your yard or other animals. If you have a flea problem in your yard, you will need to spray that before you treat your dog. It is also possible that you broght them into your home yourself. Also, since eggs can remain dormant for many months, 2nd hand items also pose a treat.
Clean Carpets, Bedding and Furniture
The second step you should always take when treating an insect infestation is to clean. Isolate your dog during this process. First you should throw all washable fabrics into the washer. This will include pet bedding, human bedding, clothes, etc. You will also need a very thorough vacuuming session. Vacuum every single piece of carpet and furniture in your home. Just be sure to handle the contents of the canister carefully when you are finished. Make sure you empty it outdoors into a sealed trash bag. These steps will obviously not get rid of fleas on dogs but they will ensure that they do not come back. These steps will also help to kill a decent portion of the fleas in your home.
Best Way to Kill Fleas on Dogs
There is a simple recipe you can use to kill fleas on pets that most people don’t know about. All you need is water, a spray bottle, lemongrass and cedarwood essential oils.The flea spray is easy to make and is extremely effective. You probably don’t have lemongrass or cedarwood oil laying around the house but they are both very inexpensive. They also have many other wonderful health and pest control benefits. I always like to keep a bottle of each around my home.
Note: It is critical that you only use 100% therapeutic grade oil. If you are not sure what kind to use or where to get it, check out the video above for more details.
Natural Flea Spray for Dogs:
1. Add 4 ounces of purified water to a spray bottle
2. Add 5ml of cedarwood essential oil
3. Add 4 drops of lemongrass oil.
4. You can increase the ingredients proportionately for larger breeds of dogs.
Directions for Killing Fleas on an Animal
1. Brush your dog’s hair against the grain to expose their skin
2. Use your natural flea spray to mist their entire body. Avoid spraying the face or ears.
3. Apply some of the solution to your hands and carefully apply to your dog’s face and ears. Be careful to keep it out of their eyes because essential oils will irritate them.
4. You can repeat these steps until you kill every flea on your dog. This natural recipe is milder than toxic chemicals so it is safe to apply as many times as needed.
5. Spray you dog 1-2 times a week to keep them away permanently.
Controlling Fleas in Your Yard
In some cases, you may need to treat your yard before you are able to get rid of fleas on your dog. This is a very simple process. All you need is cedarwood oil (in a larger quantity) and a sprayer that attaches to the end of your garden hose. There are a few different brands that you can purchase in larger containers. Again, just refer to the video above if you need help finding the right stuff. Just apply a light layer of cedarwood oil to your grass, shrubs and other vegetation around your home. I treat my yard every summer to get rid of fleas, ticks and mosquitos.
Question or Comments?
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