are tiny, brown, wingless insect that survive by drinking the blood of
pets. These pests are a stubborn species and are very difficult and
time-consuming to get rid of. Female fleas will lay about 2,000 eggs in
life span of 10 months, i.e. about 27 to 45 eggs a day. Fleas can wait
long as 8 months while finding a host to live on.
might bring viral and bacterial infections and other diseases to your
and to you as well. They are the culprits for the spreading of the flea
which causes anemia, allergic reactions and excessive scratching. Once
pets have fleas' problem, it is important for you to eliminate these
thoroughly before they spread to other pets. Besides cleaning your
pets, you also have to destroy all fleas hidden around your home and
prevent this problem from recurring.
Cider Vinegar: This
is among the most recommended remedies for treating fleas for pets and
preventing human from flea bites.
treating pets: Pour apple
cider vinegar into a spray bottle and dilute with water in 1:1 ratio.
Bathe you pets in baby shampoo first before spraying the solution on
them. Keep on rubbing their skin while spraying. Do this every other
day for 2 weeks. At the same time, add 3 tbsp of the vinegar to each
gallon of their drinking water. However, if the dog has open sores,
don’t spray it with vinegar as it burns so bad.
preventing human from flea bites: Wet a
washcloth in vinegar and wipe the whole body. Let it dry and get
dressed, you may also apply Benadryl and calamine lotion. At the same
time, mix 1 tbsp of vinegar with 8 oz. of water and drink once a day.
It takes about 3 weeks to see the result.
Dish Soap Lemon/citrus:
Use the Dawn to bathe the cats or dogs as it will kill
the fleas effectively. First, put the soap on a washcloth and clean the
around the eyes, nose, mouth, chin and ears carefully (don’t
apply soap too
near the sensitive areas). Then, continue down to the neck area,
tail and legs. Lastly, wash the rest of the pet’s body in any
order using a
flea comb. The suds barrier will prevent the fleas from escaping. This
effective method for killing fleas.
mule team Borax: Fleas--Now
is the time to rid your house
with natural products. Save a bundle. Mostly, be kind to your animals.
dry 20 Mule team Borax, about 1 and a half to 2 cups per average size
room. That is where the fleas live and breed in your house.
for 2 weeks
without vacuuming so the cycle covers eggs, larvae and adults. You will
eliminated your household fleas for at least a year and a half. If you
few freezes, your yard should be pretty well rid of them as well.
careful in warmer
weather what pets may bring in from a drop in. Your yard could become
reinfested. Visitors arrive with a dog with fleas? Keep your yard flea
asking them to contain their dog (safely, not in hot car).
your animals flea
allergy with Willards water xxx and watch the quick healing. Also a
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Your pets will be so much better off and comfortable.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth-Borax:
The diatomaceous earth
and borax should be purchased from local garden store. Mix together the
and borax, 1 1/2 lbs each with a cup of salt. Sprinkle the mixture
your home (e.g. carpets and harder to reach areas). Leave it for a few
before vacuuming it up. However, if your have children at home, you may
use an alternative way. You can pour the mixture into the vacuum
and then thoroughly vacuum the house. All the fleas that have been
then die inside the bag. This solution is good for killing fleas but
un-hatched eggs. Therefore, you might need to repeat the process.
Soap Bath plus Heating Pad: This
method is good for small pets such
as kitten. It involves 3 steps, i.e. bathing, tweezing and heating pad
Bathing: Fill a
tub half way with lukewarm water and add in some vinegar (any type).
Then, put the kitten in the vinegar solution (except for its head).
Then, take it out and apply the dish soap on the body and massage
gently (the fleas will be running towards its head). To kill the fleas
on the head, wash with baby shampoo (be very careful not to
get into its eyes). After that, rinse the fur entirely with the vinegar
Tweezing: After the
vinegar-dish soap bath, tweeze off all of the fleas slowly using a pair
of tweezers. When it is done, put the kitten in the vinegar solution
again. After that, rinse off with lukewarm water and then towel dry.
Pad Fleas-hunting: Place a
blanket on a heating pad and set on LOW (not too hot). Put the clean
kitten on it and do the fleas-hunting once again. When it is done,
towel dried them very well.
Soap-Lamp Flea Trap: In
a light colored bowl (preferably white), fill in
some water and add a few drops of dishwashing soap to make a solution.
bowl under a switched-on lamp. The light colored bowl allows more light
absorbed, attracting the fleas. The soap covers the fleas and makes
and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
or Oatmeal Shampoo with Essential Oil:
Bath your pets using shampoo added with
two drops of essential oils is an excellent way to kill fleas. Leave
on your pet for a few minutes before rinsing it off very well.
Prevention Diet: Add
garlic and sulphur to your dog's diet once a week will help preventing
Giving Black Walnut Hulls (the capsule form can be found at many health
stores) to the dogs will also help repelling fleas. It may take about 4
weeks for these solutions to be effective.
Skin So Soft:
Rub your dog's coat with it as it repels fleas. But don’t apply
too much as it
will make the pet’s fur a little greasy.
Did you know that a
flea could jump 100 times its own height? Did you also know that just
female flea will produce 20,000 eggs in a period of only three months?'
did you know that it can take anywhere from three to six weeks for flea
hatch? Now that's definitely some eye opening, yet frightening flea
The pests in question
are tiny, brown, wingless insects that survive on the blood of your
Unfortunately once they have found that food source they are very
get rid of. Any of you who have been faced with the regrettable task of
with fleas truly know how trying it can be, and how incredibly quickly
can spread to other pets and to your home.
So first let's talk
about a couple of ways in which we can prevent flea problems for our
altogether. The addition of Garlic to every one of our
will help to keep them free of fleas, as will the addition of Sulphur
their diet on a once a week basis. You can also try giving your pet Black
Walnut Hulls that come in a capsule form at many health food stores
will repel not only fleas but also, ticks and mosquitoes. Keep in
that none of these solutions will work overnight and may take about
four to six
weeks before they are effective.
If you suspect that
your pet does have a flea infestation examine the animal closely by
the hair on the animals back or flank area. You want to be able
the skin of the animal as well as possible and it will always be easier
detect fleas on those pets that have a lighter skin tone. During
search you might actually be able to see a flea scurrying by, but more
you will see the evidence that the flea has left behind. Flea
feces) will appear as small, black pebbles in the fur and on the
determine whether or not what you see is actually flea dirt, take some
paper towel and wipe it over areas where the dirt is most
the dirt on the wet paper towel has dissolved into red blood then you
that you are indeed dealing with a flea problem.
Now let's get down to
bathing your flea infested friend. Use an herbal shampoo
contains a combination of any of pine cedar, bergamot, rosemary,
eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium. Before you wet
pet here's a handy trick to ensure that you are successful in killing
those nasty fleas. Know going into this process that as soon as
the animal down, those fleas are going to run for higher and dryer
means they will flea (no pun intended) to the head area. You
douse your pet's head with water and certainly not soap, so in order to
the fleas from escaping make sure that you first pour a thick layer of
shampoo all around the head and neck area; as close to the top of the
underneath the chin area as you can get. Pour small amounts of
your hand onto the soapy area and spend some time building up a thick,
barrier that will kill the fleas that attempt to pass through it.
by wetting down and lathering up the rest of the animal's body while
returning to massage and re-lather the neck area. Fleas are very
difficult to kill and it is better for your pet if you can handle the
with one good bath rather than several of them, so be sure to leave the
on for at least 15 minutes or more while continuing to massage the soap
into the animal's fur. Rinse the animal thoroughly and dry it off
especially during cold weather.
If you are also dealing
with a house infestation of fleas, here's a great way to get rid of the
problem. Mix together 1 1/2 pounds of diatomaceous earth,
pounds of natural borax and 1 cup of salt. (Don't use the earth and
you can purchase at a pool store, rather use the products that you can
your local garden store.) The diatomaceous earth works because it
contains very tiny particles that have sharp spines, which puncture the
exoskeleton of the flea, killing it. The borax and salt work by
the moisture of the flea and make all of those cracks and small areas
might find to live in your home much more undesirable. You can
mixture by sprinkling it throughout your home onto carpets and into
harder to reach areas. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of
then vacuum it up. Although these powders are not poisonous it's
good idea for you or your pet to breathe it continually for days so if
possible to go elsewhere while it sits then that's definitely an option
should use. Alternatively, if you prefer not to douse the house
mixture, you can always pour it into your vacuum cleaner bag and vacuum
everything thoroughly so that any of the sucked up fleas will die
bag. Keep in mind that this solution will not kill the un-hatched
eggs and therefore the process may need to be repeated several times
the severity of your problem."
Some breeders have used
Diatomacious Earth for years. It works against all insects and
IMPORTANT thing to note is that POOL GRADE D.E. IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
CAUSE SILICOSIS (scarring of the lungs similar to asbestos poisoning)
safe D.E. to use is natural pulvarized or ground D.E. that can be found
plant nurseries and food storage shops. This D.E. has NOT been
process which creates fine threads of silocone glass which makes it a
filtering product, but makes it dangerous to handle or breath. Flour
is meant to be used in graineries as a bug and egg deterrant is fine
mix with flour. The Regular D.E. can be spread on carpets, or the
between wooden floors. Plan on not vacuuming for a while(like a week)
to allow the D.E. to cut up and dry up the little buggers, and be
a little dust to be produced for a short while as you walk on it. I've
heard of it being used a a coat powder and mixed in feed (for horses,
dogs) but I've never tried that personally. I sprinked it in the
brushed it in with the broom and let it sit for couple of weeks, them
and reapplied. This with Advantage treatment took care of all the fleas
there were none for the rest of the year.
* We offer information and opinions on
Bloodline Bully Pitbulls, not as a substitute for professional
prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your
before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any
suggested by Flores Bullys on this site. Only your Veterinarian can
with advice on what is safe and effective for your pet's unique needs
diagnose your pet's particular medical history.