Sunday, July 27, 2008

Problem With Fleas? - There Are Natural Solutions!

We are in the middle of summer and alot of our pets have a flea problem. They say if you see one flea on your pet, there are a hundred more in the home. It takes consistant and persistent work to keep them away.

The first and most important thing is to feed your pet the best food available. Animals in poorest health attract the most fleas. Our pets health is weakened by poor food. Also, excessive use of vaccines, antibiotics and cortisone-like drugs has created severe allergy problems so that many pets cannot tolerate fleas at all. The overuse of flea products that contain poisons further weaken their immune systems.

The second important thing to do is to seam clean your carpets, that will kill flea eggs. The next is to bathe your pets with a natural shampoo, that will kill the fleas on the animal. Thoroughly vacuum and clean floors and furniture at least once a week to pick up flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. Dispose of the vacuum bag in the trash. Wash your pets bedding in hot water once a week. Use a flea comb to trap and kill fleas that are on your pet. Mow and water your lawn regularly (short grass allows sunlight to penetrate and warm the soil, which kills larvae. Watering drowns the developing fleas). Encourage ants! (They love to eat flea eggs and larvae). Besides, pesticides and insecticides are harmful to everyone, especially children and pets.

Feed your pet garlic and brewer's yeast. Both exude odors or tastes that discourage fleas. Use 1/4 minced clove garlic for each 10 pounds of weight. Add to their dinner. Garlic is good for general health and longevity. Add a tablespoon of brewer's yeast (half a tablespoon for small dogs and for cats). Every day or two, also sprinkle brewer's yeast on your pet's coat, working it in with your hands. Be sure to do this outside, since the fleas will jump off.

There are herbal powders and even herbal flea collars. These are not poisons and are non-toxic. The fleas do not like the smell and leave the pets alone.

Try a natural skin tonic. Thinly slice a whole lemon, including the peel. Add it to 1 pint of near-boiling water and let it seep overnight. The next day, sponge the solution onto the animal's skin and let it dry. You can use this daily for severe skin problems involving fleas. It is a source of natural flea-killing substances such as d-limonene and other healing ingredients found in the whole lemon.

Earth Animal's Herbal Internal Powder - This powder has all natural ingredients: garlic, alfalfa, wormwood, yellowdock and pennyroyal. Sprinkle on pets food. It repels fleas without hurting your pet. Earth Animal also has herbal flea collars and more. Go to

You can also call Fleabusters. They use Borax Powder in your carpet. It is guaranteed for 1 year.