Summertime means tasty barbecues, relaxing hammocks and scenic camping trips. But sultry dog days also mean larger populations of tiny household pests, such as fleas. Thankfully, there are effective non-toxic countermeasures you can easily employ.
There are 2,000 known species of fleas worldwide. But the cat flea, which bites cats, dogs and humans, is the most infamous indoor troublemaker. For every flea found on your animal, there are approximately 30 more in your home.
Most chemical flea control products target only 5 percent of the flea population — the adults. Because fleas become stronger and more immune to chemicals with each generation, toxic chemicals must be repeatedly applied. And, although a product may claim to be natural, some natural ingredients may cause allergic reactions or have toxic effects in animals. Visit eartheasy’s Natural Flea Control page for details.
Here are natural, easy tips to prevent fleas from entering your home:
Follow these tips to safely manage flea populations indoors:
Also, healthy animals are less susceptible to fleas. By feeding your animals a high-quality, natural diet free of additives and preservatives, you improve their health and dramatically increase their protection from fleas. Nutritional supplements can help too.
FYI: As research suggests, it’s best to begin preparing in March or April before fleas have a chance to run the house. Share your flea-fighting strategies by posting a comment below.
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