Keep Your Pet Flea-Free Without Harmful Chemicals

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You love your pets – they really are a part of your family! So why don’t they deserve the same consideration when it comes to keeping your home and family safe from harmful chemicals? Here are some tips for keeping your pets healthy and naturally flea-free.

There are loads of flea and tick control products on the market today. But while these may work great for keeping your pets free of pesky biting insects, they also are usually full of chemicals that your pet can ingest or absorb through his or her skin. These chemicals are often can sometimes have harmful effects on Fido’s health over time. If you’re trying to live a greener lifestyle, it’s time to get your pet on the bandwagon!

Try these natural methods to keep your pets healthy and flea-free, and save the chemical stuff for a last resort only if absolutely necessary.

Few creatures are as prolific as the ubiquitous flea—and they couldn’t be less popular. These blood sucking buggers not only make life miserable for pets, but their owners, too….

The bad news: For every flea found on a pet, there could be 30 more lurking in the shadows. And they’re not necessarily all living in the your pet’s fur—most of them are  living in carpets, bedding, corners, cracks, and crevices. And man, can they multiply. A single flea can lay as many as 60 eggs each day. These eggs can even lay dormant for up to a year without feeding—so come next summer, they’re back in full force.

And while there are lots of chemical options on the market aimed at protecting your pet from pests, most of them contain dangerous substances. They’re basically pesticides, and not only can they be deadly to pets at high doses, but they’re typically applied right at that spot at the back of the neck that people—kids included—just love to pet. (Now imagine a toddler’s poison-infused hand going straight from puppy to mouth.)

The best way to ensure that fleas don’t turn your home into a war zone is to strike preemptively. Here’s the game plan:

Prevention

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Want to really get ahead of fleas? Keep grass cut short and grab some nematodes (microscopic roundworms that come in the form of a spray) from the local pet store and spray them all over the lawn, in moist, shady spots…, they’ll devour all the flea larvae surrounding the house.

Getting rid of fleas once they’ve moved in

If the fleas manage to infiltrate the house, place a dish of soapy water under a night light near the pet bed. The tiny bugs will be drawn to the light like a moth to a flame and end up drowning in the process….

…Fleas despise the acidic taste of ACV, so try adding a little of this vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water….

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Of course, there’s no more qualified expert than your vet, so if flea problems persist, it’s probably time to call in the big guns.  Hopefully, however, these natural prevention and treatment methods—will do the trick!

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