5 Natural Ways to Prevent & Get Rid of Fleas on Cats - Everyday Roots
Hey Michelle! Congrats on purchasing your first home, I am also in the market and looking forward to having a place of my own. Anyway, it seems that your flea problem is getting a bit out of hand and I am sorry to hear that. While you don’t have any carpets, remember that fleas can jump and lay their eggs on many other suitable places around your home (like your couches, etc). While I always prefer natural methods, after you have tried the ones in this article I recommend getting a flea bomb (you may need a couple, depending on the size of your house) that has insect growth repellents. This will kill the fleas and stop their eggs from hatching. Keep your pets and family out the house for a couple hours and make sure to mop up and wipe down all surfaces when its finished. Take this opportunity to ensure that your cats are completely flea free before they are allowed back into the house.
Fleas are irritating pests to deal with, and treating an infestation usually involves double duty: treating your pets and your home or yard. Fleas prefer cats and dogs and other animals, but they’ll take a nibble on you as well. Good sanitation, pet treatment, and area treatment are all key aspects of a successful flea treatment, but spraying chemicals on your pets and in your home may not sound like the best option for you. We carry a wide variety of natural flea repellent products that will treat your flea infestation successfully while keeping your family and pets healthy and safe.
The diatomaceous earth (DE) shampoo is prepared from the fine powder of the naturally occurring rock, diatomaceous earth. This rock is made up of fossilized remains of ancient hard-shelled algae, diatoms, and is a powerful flea repellant. When the shampoo is applied on cats, it penetrates through the tough, waxy exoskeleton of the fleas causing dehydration and eventually killing the fleas. DE shampoo is safe for humans and pets, but it is recommended that you use approved food-grade DE that does not affect cats even if they lick it. DE can be sprinkled on cat’s hair and rubbed thoroughly or dusted on the cat’s furniture and bedding, but make sure to wear gloves and a face mask to avoid direct contact with it.Aloe Vera juice is a powerful flea repellant and an effective way to get rid of fleas on cats fast and naturally. The most effective use of Aloe Vera juice involves combining it with cayenne pepper, mixing thoroughly and adding into a spray bottle to be used as anti-flea spray. The other option is mixing Aloe Vera with a relevant essential oil in the ratio of one drop of oil to one cup of Aloe Vera juice, and applying the solution topically.This dishwashing liquid is a powerful flea repellant that can help you to get rid of fleas fast and naturally. Application of the blue-colored dishwashing liquid involves adding a few drops of the liquid into the cat’s regular bathing water. When the cat is bathed in the water, fleas will be killed immediately and your cat will be relieved. However, you need to rinse the liquid thoroughly to prevent possible irritation of your cat’s skin.Give your pet brewer's yeast biscuits to make their skin scent repel fleas. B-vitamins in brewer's yeast make the skin unpleasant to habitat on for fleas. They each also have immune building properties that nourish your pet. Never give raw garlic to an animal. It can be fatal.
To catch fleas even as you sleep, put a dish of water with a few drops of soap in it under a light at night on the floor and the pests will be attracted, hop in and not be able to get out. Flush the insect-peppered water in the toilet to dispose.
To make a natural flea collar-use a bandanna or similar sized piece of cloth make a knot in the cloth at a point where the article still can slip over the animal's head. At the knot, dab on a blend or simple of essential oil of orange, citronella, eucalyptus, lemon, cedar, peppermint, rosemary or lavender. You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to spray your pet's bed.
Fleas also cannot survive hot temperatures over 90 degrees. Closing up the whole house on a hot summer day can kill all the fleas you have inside your home.
Using salt is very effective. You can use kosher, rock, powered, table, sea salt. You can tie rock salt in pantyhose and put it around areas affected or sprinkle straight onto floors. Give it a try! It's easy! Use it right out of the shaker onto any surface. It works.
Kill source of fleas by salting carpets and furniture.
Vacuum regularly to remove fleas and flea eggs from household.
Keep pet bedding laundered.
Use flea comb to comb out pets.
Use repellents such as essential oil collars and sprays on pets & bedding.
Be diligent & persistent in your approach for complete success.
It's so easy and you can start right now! Get shaking!