Fleas are a common pest problem that almost all households with beloved pets have encountered at least once. There is no way you are going to get rid of your pet just to eliminate your flea problem, right? Some people may even hesitate to expose themselves and family members to the carcinogens, tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur, present in flea collars and powders. Fortunately, there are still organic ways to practice flea control and flea prevention before calling a pest control professional. With these healthy and chemical free methods, you can be your own organic flea control expert.
Common Organic Flea Control Tricks
If you suspect that your home may be infested with fleas, a simple test can help to verify your suspicions. Fill a plate with soapy water. Then shine a light into the water from a lamp or even a chemical glow stick. Leave this trap in the affected area for 2 days. Because fleas are attracted to warmth and humidity, they will be attracted to the soapy water - which doubles as a weak insecticide. If you see that the plate is full of dead fleas, your suspicions were indeed correct. This method in and of itself can be used as a flea trap to kill off adult fleas. In addition, try one of the following methods of organic flea control for dogs, but be sure to repeat weekly to kill hatched eggs. Also, be prepared to stick with the process for a while.
Fleas dislike citrus-scented oils and the strong scent of herbs such as cedar, thyme, basil, and mint. Use a drop of one of these essential oils and put it in your pet's sleeping and/or play area to deter fleas. Another option is to mix 4 ounces of vinegar or alcohol with about 24 ounces of soapy water. Spray the solution on the carpet, let it dry, and vacuum and dispose of the bag immediately. You can add a boost by adding herbal oils or infusions.
Diatoms are microscopic algae that tear into insects but are harmless to humans. You can purchase this in many gardening or pet stores. Sprinkle a small amount onto the carpet and follow the instructions carefully. When you vacuum the powder, dispose of the bag.
Preventing Flea Infestations
One method of flea control is actually active and constant flea prevention. Wash your pet in soapy water and comb him or her down with a fine tooth comb. It may also help to keep your pet's fur short to discourage fleas. Another flea prevention method is to make sure your pet has a balanced diet. Fleas are attracted to sick ""bad"" blood instead of healthy ""good"" blood - both of which are linked to pet diet.
When Nature vs. Nature Is Not Enough
If none of your attempts at organic flea control for dogs seem to work, your pest control provider can help to eliminate the flea problem. While most do indeed use chemicals to absolve pest problems, they are knowledgeable in safe chemical use and monitor chemical levels to insure that it is not toxic. Flea bites are painful, and your pest control exterminator can efficiently alleviate your problem and make your home pest free.
Call now if you've discovered any level of flea infestation to solve the problem quickly. If you have an outdoor pet or frequent outdoor wanderer the chances of flea contamination are higher.