It’s that unfortunate time of year again. Fleas are itchy, they’re unhygienic and you don’t want them landing on your children to wreak havoc on them too. Often, traditional medical responses contain chemicals you are advised not to touch. If you shouldn’t touch them yourself, it doesn’t sit well with many that your dog should have to come into contact with such chemicals either! But, you also don’t want weeks of straining your eyes for the tiniest flicker through the air and nobody wants to be on edge each time their dog gives goes for an itch. However, fear not, below are some of the most effective, safe, and natural treatment options have been collated.
Fight the Fleas With Juice
It may seem a peculiar flea deterrent, but there is an increasing amount of research to show that citrus is an effective way to keep fleas at bay. A paper written by the International Research Journal of Pharmacy highlighted the many benefits that can be taken from oranges, one of which, is its flea fighting capabilities! It is the limonene, taken from the oil extracted from the rind that contains the insect repellant you require.
Simply, squeeze fresh orange or lemon juice into a container and then gently rub the juice onto the fur of your dog. This will act as an immediate barrier to fleas. If for any reason your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction to the juice, stop its use immediately, and of course take your dog to a vet if you have any concerns or would like further advice.
Prevent Them With Nematodes
It is widely accepted that the most effective way to control the flea problem is to prevent the infestation all together. Donato Traversa wrote a compelling article outlining the threat of fleas and advocating the use of nematodes to fight the problem. When soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees for at least two to three weeks of the year, in the summer, spring, and fall, this is the perfect time to use nematodes.
Nematodes are minute wormlike animals found in soil. Why do they work? They eat fleas! You just add water to the package they come in and apply them to your lawn with a watering can. They can be bought from most garden stores and remain one of the most effective, safe and natural preventative measures, you as an owner can take.
Do Battle With Garlic
You may be thinking “Oh no, my dog smells bad enough without garlic”, or “Isn’t garlic harmful to dogs?” You would be right, too much garlic can be harmful to dogs. However, you have to use a very large amount, 75 cloves for a 75 pound dog. But, small amounts are a safe, affordable and effective measure in fighting fleas. You can safely give your dog ¼ clove of garlic for each 10 pounds they weigh. Avoid garlic supplements; use fresh garlic only. Victoria Meekins has undertaken substantial research to demonstrate the efficacy of garlic, providing owners with a safe and affordable tool to add to the flea prevention arsenal.
One month before flea season starts,start to feed your dog a small amount of freshly chopped garlic each day and you will find, by the time flea season comes, that the fleas would sooner fly a mile around your dog than come into contact with any garlic!
Now You’re Armed With the Knowledge
Fleas are a nightmare problem that bring hassle and discomfort to both dogs and owners. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer in silence and you don’t have to risk exposing your dog to harsh chemicals to remedy the problem. The three solutions mentioned above are all, safe, affordable and straightforward to administer. You can now relax knowing you’re equipped with all the knowledge necessary to win the flea battle this year.