One of the worst parts about the summer is your pet’s inevitable flea and tick problem. With many pet owners expressing concern over chemical treatments, there are luckily many natural home remedies to try.
- Citrus Juice
Fleas are known to be repelled by citrus. The juice from a freshly squeezed orange or lemon can be lightly rubbed onto your pet’s fur to ward off the pests.
- Bath Time
An easy way to get rid of fleas is a quick bath! The fleas fall off in the water and drown, eliminating most of the parasites. Using a gentle pet shampoo or a little bit of regular dish liquid, along with a thorough brushing (an outdoor brushing is best), will go a long way toward ridding your pet’s body of fleas.
- Keep Your Home Clean
Around the house, laundering pet beds and furniture covers, and vacuuming and disinfecting the floors will help to control the population of fleas. Do this all over your house, not just in your pet’s living spaces.
- Bring In Predators
If your yard has a lot of fleas, introduce a natural predator to ward off the pests. Nematoads and lady bugs both feed on fleas, making them a no-brainer to add to your lawn! Both are easy to find at garden stores or pet shops.
If you continue to have problems with fleas, bring your pet to one of our veterinarians for professional care.