One of the most common pests found in the United States is the cat flea. Aside from attacking the fur of cats and dogs, they are also to blame for diseases like tapeworm, the plague and typhus. Not to mention, fleas multiply rapidly, quickly growing into an infestation.
Using organic forms of cat flea control may seem counterintuitive if you’re worried about them spreading, but it can offer a more natural form of extermination that doesn’t leave behind the harmful residue of conventional pesticides.
Go organic by trying out the following methods:
Lemon juice is often used as an after-shampoo rinse to keep fleas from latching onto pets. It may also work as a repellent that can be applied to pet bedding.
Combine the juice of one lemon with a quart of water and sponge the mixture onto your pet after bathing. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it in areas pets frequent: it will act as a temporary repellent between deep house cleanings.
Diatomaceous earth, a chalky substance dusted onto surfaces where pests are found, acts as a desiccant to dehydrate fleas upon contact. The silica found in diatomaceous earth is generally safe for use around humans and pets, but avoid breathing it in. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging carefully.
Pyrethrins are naturally-derived insecticides from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrins are a major ingredient in killing fleas and many other pests. They are completely organic and work almost immediately in killing pests by paralyzing them. They are mostly produced in spray bottles that allow you to apply it across multiple surfaces, including on the pets.
Organic Flea Control: Worth It?
Homeowners who wish to use organic treatment for flea will find several options. Combining these methods will increase your odds of eliminating the fleas from your home, all without using harmful chemicals that leave residual effects such as damaged air quality and risk of pet consumption.
However, some flea infestations may be too far ahead for natural methods to act effectively, as natural methods will always take longer than professional products and techniques. For even faster solutions, contact a pest control company for further assistance.