Home Remedies To Keep Fleas Away
Fleas are a nasty presence that can bother us all, including our pets, of course. Children are the easiest prey for the tiny creatures that can still be kept under control by means of some easy solutions. Here are some home remedies to keep fleas away, coming via Rd.com
Place a plate on the floor in each room of your home and fill each with water. Add about a capful of dish soap to each plate and place a lit tea candle in the middle of the plates. Fleas will be attracted to the light of the candle, but the plate’s soapy liquid will trap and kill the fleas. The safest way to do this is to tackle a new room each night, and stay awake while the candle burns as a safety precaution. It also works fine if you place the plate under a lamp.
Avoid using harsh chemicals and instead opt for this herbal spray to rid your home of fleas. Mix one gallon of vinegar, a half-gallon of water, 16 ounces of lemon juice, and 8 ounces of witch hazel to create your solution, then vigorously vacuum your home to try and rid it of errant fleas before spraying. Wash anything that cannot be vacuumed on the hottest setting possible. Then, for a great natural flea remedy, spray the solution all throughout your home and repeat as needed.
Sprinkle finely ground salt over the carpets throughout your home, and then vacuum up after 12 to 48 hours. Although this flea control works on living fleas, it will not kill flea larvae.
Rosemary repels fleas and can be used in oil or powder form. To help get fleas off your dog, a few drops of rosemary oil on the base of his neck should help to deter fleas. You can also wash dogs in rosemary water as a natural flea bath. A powder made of equal parts rosemary, peppermint, fennel, rue, and wormwood can be ground together and sprinkled throughout the house.
Slice up a lemon and add it to a pot of boiling water. After adding the lemons, remove the water from heat and cover the pot. Leave the water overnight, and the next day dip your pet’s comb or brush in the water and run it through their coat. You can also use a sponge for short-haired pets.
Add shine to your pet’s coat with this flea deterrent. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in with a quart of water, then add two to three drops of lavender or cedar oil. Mix thoroughly, then pour into a spray bottle. Gently mist your pet while being careful to avoid their eyes, ears, and nose. If you’re worried about hitting sensitive areas, dampen a cloth with the solution and gently wipe around the neck and behind their ears instead of spraying.