Yikes! I Have What???
These tiny pesky things can jump 30cm high. They have no bark, but ALL bite. The little jumpy things suck blood to what seems like no end and make you incredibly itchy. Moisture is their friend, and they are not picky about where to lay their eggs. They like to lay eggs EVERYWHERE! Females can lay up to 50 eggs in a day. What the woof??? Seriously! The life cycle of a flea takes 21 excruciating long days. They can jump from wild animals to your yard, from other pets to your pet, from your pet to you. Make sure to take a keen look and check your dog’s bedding, your furniture etc. Fleas love catching a ride on animals. They certainly don’t discriminate against any species, whether it be wild animals, rodents, stray dogs or cats, house pets or humans, etc. They’re not picky one bit. Once they jump onto your dog, eggs are laid. As your dog trots around in the yard unknowingly back and forth into your house, some of the eggs will drop off onto your furniture, floor or anywhere else in the house.
Fleas Can Transmit Disease
- Fleas can transmit tapeworms.
- A flea infestation can cause anemia.
- Fleas can cause an allergic reaction.
- Fleas also carry a bacteria that causes Cat Scratch Disease in cats that are transmitted to humans when a cat licks a person’s wound, scratches or bites them. In turn, it can cause a bacterial infection making the human sick with symptoms such as fever, headache, swollen lesions, poor appetite, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. On rare occasions, in people with weak immune systems or young children, it affects internal organs, eyes, brain or heart. Cats get this from fleas and flea feces by grooming themselves and transmitting to other cats and humans. https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/cat-scratch.html
How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Fleas? Check the fur up close and personal to the skin for tiny dark spots. Excessive licking and scratching, skin irritation, and red patches are all indications. Look for flea eggs that look like white specs, and look for flea feces that look like little black particles. Comb the fur with a flea comb. Take a paper towel and gather some of the black particles and put it on the paper towel, wet it, if the colour turns reddish brownish, then it is flea feces. If it stays black, it is just dirt.
What To Do If My Dog Has Fleas
- Give him a bath.
- Wash, wash, wash everything in hot water and tumble dry hot.
- Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.
- Flea comb your dog.
- Might need to do this weekly until the flea infestation is gone, could be a few months.
Make Fleas Flee! Natural Repellents
- Essential oils diluted in water in a spray bottle – Cedar, Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon are just some of the smells that fleas can’t stand.
- Brewers Yeast – Sprinkle on the coat or feed daily. Make sure its food grade. About ¼ teaspoon for a 10-pound dog. ½ teaspoon for a 25-pound dog. 2 teaspoons for a 100-pound dog.
- Garlic – Build up the coat for two weeks so that it produces a natural oil. Don’t bathe the dog; otherwise, you wash it off and will have to start over again. After two weeks of daily use, you can reduce to every few days or twice a week. ⅓ teaspoon for a 10-pound dog. One teaspoon for a 30-pound dog. Don’t feed if your dog is pregnant or if your dog is scheduled for surgery in two weeks. Despite claims that garlic is not good for dogs, in small doses, it is beneficial. You would have to feed an enormous amount of it daily for it to be harmful—more on the myth of feeding garlic in a future article.
- Healthy Dog – If you have a dog with a healthy immune system, generally, they are not attractive to fleas, ticks and parasites.
- Coconut Oil – Contains lauric acid, which is effective. Rub on your dog’s skin or feed 2tsp daily depending on body weight. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Fleas Be Gone! Flea Proof Your Home
- Vacuum – Everything!
- Diatomaceous Earth – Make sure its human-grade in powder form. It contains microscopic fossilized algae skeletons that are harmless to humans and pets but deadly to fleas, parasites and some worms and harmful insects. Sprinkle on the carpet, bedding, anywhere your dog spends time on. Let it sit for at least 24-48 hrs, but preferably longer, then vacuum it up. How does it work? It dries out the flea eggs. It is used as a natural insecticide by some organic farmers because it dehydrates the harmful insects, thus, killing them.
- Wash – Everything!
- Dryer – Put everything in the dryer under hot.
- Tidy Up Your Yard – Keep your yard clean and tidy up by keeping your grass cut. Clear out leaves, woodpiles, brush, or any clutter. Make it undesirable for fleas to want to settle down. Those little things love a place that is dark and damp.
What Do Fleas Hate?
They hate too much sunlight, cold, dryness, a clean home, too much heat, water, certain odours, and what they hate most is a healthy host. I’m not sure, but I guess the taste of blood from a healthy dog is not very tasty. I guess they have low standards.
Thank you for reading this post. If I missed out on other home remedies, please feel free to let me know what you found to be effective in repelling fleas in the comment section below.