If your dog is having flea then it’s really crappy because washing every nook and corner of your house, giving weekly baths to your dog and vacuuming the room daily is itself a headache. Fleas are the small, wingless, creepy insects that basically lives on the blood of mammals. This causes itching which can give you sleepless nights. They lay several eggs while jumping from one place to another. They love to survive on the skin of vertebrates such as your dogs, rabbits, cats, etc. It is a dangerous threat to the well-being of the pets as fleas not only cause itching or rashes but can also transmit diseases like plague and myxomatosis.
How do they grow?
The dirt or other insects attract the eggs of fleas and they can multiply quite quickly. One single flea can lay dozens of eggs in no time which then eventually turn into larvae and finally into the fleas. The most irritating thing about the growth of fleas is that they can remain active for over a year at the same place.
Flea prevention is a whole lot easier process than trying to get rid of them once they’ve taken over because there are countless chemical products available that effectively combat the flea problem and there are also some natural treatment options to go for which can be used to get rid of fleas and keeping them from infesting your home and the pets again.
Let’s discuss some useful tips and home remedies that you can use to get rid of fleas quickly and easily.
Best 5 natural ways to prevent your dog from flies
- It is preferred to use a Flea comb
Using a flea comb is one of the easiest and most effective ways of getting rid of fleas. It keeps the dog happy and really easy to handle. Make sure to buy a good quality product that can easily comb all fleas out of all sizes which include the eggs and larvae too.
Tips to Remember:
- It is preferred to use a flea comb which is having narrow teeth.
- Do make sure that the fur on your dog’s skin is not tangled because it is necessary to avoid the pain when you comb it.
- Make sure to use a high-quality enhanced medicated shampoo
It is preferred to use a high-quality medicated shampoo for your dog but if you can’t afford it then you can make an ordinary dog shampoo at your home to get rid of the fleas. Have a look at the recipe.
- Add half a cup of any good dog shampoo to half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water. It is important to look after the quantity.
- Pour this mixture into a bottle and use it to bathe your dog every next week. For larger breeds, increase the quantities in proportion.
- After giving the bath to your dog, do not let your pet run around in grassy trails or lawns where fleas reside.
- Continue to comb the dog’s fur thoroughly and bag all the fleas.
- Use apple cider vinegar as a remedy to get rid of the fleas
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a preventative measure in order to protect your dogs against the fleas. It will really help as a preventative flea treatment which ultimately makes the things easier to deal with. Pouring a bottle of apple cider vinegar over your dog will not magically make the fleas disappear so don’t try to do it. But there are so many multiple ways from this natural flea repellent can be used: in drinking water, in baths, and as a spray. So, if you choose to use the apple cider vinegar to bathe your dog using a diluted solution then it is best to use.
Adding apple cider vinegar to your dog’s drinking water can be a good option, but it may be a little tricky if you do not care about the quantity. It is better to add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for every quart of water if you are confused that you dog would like it or not. You may have to introduce this to your dog gradually because apple cider vinegar does have a distinct taste which dogs start liking as the time passes.
Add one teaspoon full of fermented apple cider vinegar to a quarter liter of water and let your dog drink this throughout the day. The apple cider vinegar keeps the skin/coat of the dogs slightly acidic which naturally repels fleas and even ticks for that matter. While it is a good idea to keep your pet’s coat slightly acidic, do not directly apply the ACV to the skin since it irritates broken skin. Consult your vet as to how much ACV your pet might safely ingest based on its body weight.
- Washing the bed sheets and using the heat treatment to get rid of the fleas
It is one of the easiest ways to wash all of the bed sheets which are exclusively under the use of your dog and also any other fabric your dog usually likes to lie upon. It may be a surprise for you that by this technique how easily you can get rid of the fleas, eggs, and larvae when you wash the fabric with a strong detergent. Drying with the help of heat treatment is effective too when it comes to killing the eggs, larvae and adult fleas altogether. If the fabric can be put in a dryer, you should dry it in the electric dryer on maximum heat for best results. It is highly effective and recommended in severe conditions as well.
- Using the boric acid powder to get rid of the fleas
Boric acid is one of the oldest home remedy chemical having low-toxicity and harmless inorganic minerals. It’s not only inexpensive but also consists of insecticidal properties and it is one of the core ingredients for many commercial products which are mostly used for the insect and pesticides control. Boric acid is generally known as a desiccant. It also acts as a flea killer by removing the moisture from the insects’ body which ultimately results in causing severe dehydration and eventually the dog’s or person’s death. It’s highly effective in extremely small amount and it’s able to maintain its potency for a longer period of time. It’s odorless usually and non-repellant to insects. This means that insects will still return to the treated areas repeatedly until they are killed.
It is preferred to use the boric acid powder or the Borax to dust those areas that are not exposed to sunlight and areas where the humidity is higher than 50%. Make sure that your dog doesn’t lick off the boric acid powder as some dogs don’t tolerate it and behave complicatedly then. After a couple of days, all the eggs will dry out and get neutralized. The larvae will also suffocate to death even. After this, all you need to do is vacuum away the debris and the boric acid powder for the cleanliness.
In spite of these entire precautions ad tips, you and your family must take care and wear protective clothes to prevent fleas from biting you. Also, it is more important to pay attention, respect, read and understand your dog’s body language as they act clumsy, itchy and irritable when they have fleas on them. If nothing helps then you should take your dog to a vet for proper treatment as fleas pose a great risk to life.