Natural ways to help keep your dog flee free
The time has come to question the chemical cocktails that people pour onto their dogs and into their houses. For years, people have been talking about flee bombing their homes to eradicate the little black devils known as dog fleas. A flea bomb is an aerosolized canister that spews chemicals that should kill fleas. Should being the key word here. Fleas are very resilient, and have developed a resistance to some very potent concoctions. Flea killing is a huge business. A company that sells you toxins to take out fleas really doesn’t care if your house is flea free. All they care about is that your money hits the cash register so their retailers will buy more and more of their product. Flea bombing does not guarantee that your house will be rid of all its flee problems. Especially if your house has egg laying fleas in all, or multiple rooms. Then you probably have a real problem, and then you probably think, we’ll now I just need to buy more chemicals to treat more fleas. But again, there exists no guarantee of total flea destruction. Prevention is the key to the flea game, and it does not require the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals.
Fleas are in your house because they live near you and have access to your pets. The fact that your animal has fleas does not mean you are a bad owner. Flea infestation is a naturally occurring fact of pet ownership, and the animal kingdom. Attempting to control the problem with chemicals is not good for your pet, you, or your environment. Other animals living around your dog will bring fleas to it, even if you are super careful, there is no way to control every animal that lives around your pet. You just can’t do it. There are steps you can take, using natural products from the earth, that will help keep fleas at bay. What do you think people used to cut down on fleas before we had modern manipulations of chemicals? Did they just submit to all fleas, and die; I don’t think so. They searched around for some leaves or branches or some other product of the earth to fight the nearly invincible little critters.
What did they find in their searches over all these centuries that helped to prevent flea infestation? Well many things that have nothing to do with modern chemical advances. The most interesting is actually the earth itself. Yes, that’s right, the earth itself. Diatomaceous earth to be more precise. Diatomaceous earth is actually earth that is composed of dead fossilized particles. These particles, when they come in contact with a flea, will dry the flea’s skin out, causing it to dehydrate and die. Pretty interesting stuff. You can buy this product in various forms, make sure you find some that is ok for use on your pets. So what other types of naturally occurring substances can help keep fleas away? Well, there is cedar, which fleas do not like. So you could find a cedar shampoo and use it on your dogs. Or you may be able to fill a dog bed with some cedar chips. Do not let your dog eat these chips though. Additionally, if you have a dog house, you can have it made out of cedar. Or you could choose to get cedar floors in your house as opposed to carpet. Fleas will have quite a difficult time laying eggs on a cedar floor. And I haven’t even begun to discuss the various plants that can be planted around your house to keep fleas away.