Whenever you are housecleaning, few things are more disconcerting than finding a flea in your upholstery or bed linen. Fleas are parasites that most often feed on animals and pets, but every once in a while they do enjoy taking a bite out of a human as well. How to get rid of fleas in your home? What are some good house cleaning tips to help rid you of these unwanted pests? This article will tell you and get you well on your way.
Fleas are parasitic insects that come from the Siphonaptera family. Fleas do not have wings, but they can jump very high, and their mouths are perfectly-adapted for penetrating into skin so they can siphon out blood. There are specific fleas for cats, dogs, birds, and other animals. Although most flea bites are harmless, fleas can occasionally carry diseases and are best known for the spread of the black plaque in the Middle Ages. Fleas prefer feeding on animals, but are not averse to humans. In fact, there are certain humans that they are attracted to. Do you know someone who seems very prone to flea bites? If there’s a flea within a 5 mile radius, it somehow seems to find, and bite, this person? Then that person might have a unique chemical makeup that causes him or her to emit a high level of carbon dioxide gas. This specific chemical informs the flea that there is a good source of food nearby. Another reason why some people suffer from flea bites more than others could be that their skin is simply more sensitive to the chemicals fleas release through their saliva when biting.
Once fleas take hold in your home, it can be very difficult to get rid of them, no matter how much house cleaning you do, or house cleaning hacks you use. The first thing you need to do is take care of your pets, if you have them, to ensure they receive the proper flea treatment. The best way to do this is to prevent your pets from ever getting fleas in the first place, and you will want to do this in the most natural way possible. There are certain natural supplements you can give your cats and dogs that will repel fleas – for example, small amounts of cooked garlic in their food or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in their fresh drinking water each day – if they will drink it. You can also make your dog a natural flea collar using your dog’s regular collar or a bandana, a few drops of lavender essential oil, and a few tablespoons of water. Simply dilute the oil in the water and add a few drops – not too many, as your dog has a very keen sense of smell – onto the collar. Put the collar on the dog and repeat the procedure once a week. After you’ve treated your dog’s head area, you will also want to treat the dog’s tail end. To do this, just dilute a few more drops of lavender oil in a few tablespoons of olive oil and then put a few drops of this mixture on the dog’s tail. This should help keep fleas at bay. If you do find yourself with fleas, however, you’ll want to give your pets a full body wash using a natural anti-flea shampoo. You can also make an all-natural flea powder for your dogs and cats using 100% food grade diatomaceous earth, eucalyptus oil, and neem oil. If you are looking for more natural flea repellents for your pet, be sure to research these natural home remedies online to see all the possibilities and to find what will work best for you.
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