Homespun Remedies for Fleas

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Learn everything you need to know about fleas, tiny but relentlessly itchy creatures.

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You know you’re in trouble when your carpet starts to hop, sitting on the couch is like acupuncture, and your pets become itching contortionists. Fleas have invaded! The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Home Wisdom has more than one way to flummox a flea!

Homespun Remedies for Fleas

Vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture daily to remove fleas, eggs, and larvae. Fleas spend most of their time away from their hosts and can survive for several weeks without feeding, so keep up the vacuuming diligently for at least a month.

Construct a flea trap that makes use of two basic facts about fleas: They are attracted to light, and they can’t swim. To make the trap, fill a dinner plate or shallow soup bowl with water and a squirt of dishwashing detergent and place it on the floor in an area frequented by your pets. Position a gooseneck lamp over the bowl with the light about 6 inches over the surface of the water. At night, when the rest of the house is dark, turn on the light and leave it on all night. Fleas will leap toward the light and fall into the water. The detergent will have lowered the surface tension of the water so that the fleas will sink and drown.

Your veterinarian can supply you with a non-aerosol flea spray for pets based on the chemical pyrethrum, which is extracted from the dried heads of certain varieties of chrysanthemums. Your vet also may have a rug and upholstery non-aerosol spray that microencapsulates tiny drops of an effective insecticide.

Many pets are made miserable not only by the flea bites themselves but also by an allergic reaction to flea saliva, a persistent condition that is often treated with cortisone-related medicine.

For the most effective control of fleas, start early in the spring and be diligent. With any luck, your fleas will flee.
 

~ By  Almanac Staff

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Homespun Remedies for Fleas

These solutions may have worked in the olden days, a little. today we have Frontline and such. With global warming, fleas are a horrorshow, and will only get worse. We had to have an exterminator in our house 10 years ago because of flea infestation. It is no joke. .... Flea collars and herbal remedies do not work. I know, I know. It's a calculated risk, they might have side effects, they may cause an early death for Fluffy. Listen: pets are not supposed to live to be 20. It's a calculated risk: an earlier death because of modern treatments, or a long unpleasant life of being eaten alive by fleas, and infesting the house with fleas? We humans swallow pills to keep us alive and healthy waaaay past our sell-by date, and end up in nursing homes, senile and incontinent.....Pets deserve the best care we can give them. It's a risk,yes. (oh. and I had a cat who lived until 19, even with 10 years of Frontline to kill the fleas. He was euthanized because, unable to eat/drink/walk. His time had come.)

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