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Buying our Western red cedar dog house is the first step, of course ;)
Plain ordinary salt will have fleas digging their own graves!
Yes you read that right. No toxins or poisons to inhale or linger. This is a cheap and economical, natural solution to ridding your home of flea infestation. It works by irritating their external body cavities causing open sores where the salt can enter, thus dehydrating and killing them.
1.) Purchase large amounts of table salt in accordance with how many carpets/floors you plan to treat. (Maybe 1 gallon per room?) You can buy in bulk at your local wholesale club. Make sure it is not
rock salt, and it must be finely ground as in table salt or even better if powdery form for more even distribution. If weather is humid or air is moist, add an equal amount of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate*) since salt must be "dry" to be effective on fleas. *Note: Another benefit of adding baking soda is to help neutralize any old stale carpet smells and urine stain odors.
2.) Remove pets from designated treatment areas for 24-48 hours. You may need to treat one closed-off room at a time.
3.) With a shaker top container preferably, sprinkle contents on flea infested carpets and pet bedding (that won't be slept-in during treatment).
4.) Brush or sweep gently to distribute the salt mixture to get it deeper into fibers where fleas hide.
5.) After treatment time allowed, simply vacuum to remove the salt mixture with the dead fleas and larvae. Dispose vacuum contents outdoors.
Pets should be kept out of the treated area for duration until floor and bedding is vacuumed. (Salt can cause dry itchy skin on pets.)
>>> For Dogs (some ingredients not recommended for cats)
Regular bathing with an all natural dog shampoo can prevent flea infestation on your pets and keep them safe from harmful chemicals. Regular inspection and use of a fine tooth comb will also help remove fleas.
This all natural and safe DIY anti-flea castile shampoo recipe below is easy and economical.
You can make this very effective flea formula for bathing your dog and to also wash your dog's bedding.
It stores for months!
In a Spray Bottle Combine:
1/3 cup pure organic Eaucalyptus castile liquid soap (smooth and moisturizing w/ rich emollient lather) Can also use Baby-Mild unscented or Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree scents.
1/2 cup water (preferably distilled or purified)
1 tsp olive oil, almond oil or jajoba oil
20 drops of pure essential oil or combination (10 rosemary and 10 peppermint works well. Also lavender, tea tree etc.)
Shake mixture well before each use.Caution: Never let your pet ingest essential oils since their stomach cannot digest them and their liver cannot detox them.
QUICK & EASY
Apply 3 drops of essential oils to your dog's collar or a bandanna with which you can wrap loosely around your dog's neck. Re-apply once a week or as often as needed. Of course we recommend you use either cedar or lavender oil for mild but potent repellents.Caution: Never let your pet ingest essential oils since their stomach cannot digest them and their liver cannot detox them.