Commercial flea collars, sprays, dips, powders, spot treatments, and shampoos are often loaded with harsh pesticides and insecticides that poison many animals and can be toxic to your kids. In addition, the chemicals used for conventional flea treatments break down when exposed to sunlight and moisture. This means outdoor dogs and cats that have been recently treated with flea medication can spread chemicals to wildlife, water sources, and soil, where they harm or kill beneficial insects, aquatic life, and plants.
It's no wonder that most vets have moved away from such flea control systems and now tend to focus on newer-generation products like Advantage and Revolution. But while veterinarians and product managers insist these less toxic products are safe for your pet, some owners might want to know the natural treatment and prevention options available to them, just to be on the safe and eco-friendly side.
GREEN FLEA CONTROL OPTIONS FOR YOUR PET
- Look for an all-natural pet shampoo made without unpronounceable or synthetic chemicals. Try Halo Pets or Aubrey Organics.
- Bathe your pet in mild, soapy water to drown any existing fleas.
- Or sprinkle your pet with all-natural diatomaceous earth – fine, white, powdery, fossilized algae that grinds away at the fleas' exoskeletons – every few days. Keep in mind this method can be quite drying and the find powder can be irritating to inhale.
- Also consider applying natural flea powders made from citronella, eucalyptus, or other aromatic herbs.
- Try dipping your pet's comb in Natural Ginesis Keen Green, an enzyme-based solution, before brushing them. You can even use the diluted product to clean your home and bathe your pet.
- Or use a fine-tooth, metal comb that removes fleas (you'll have to drown the fleas in water removal).
- Buy a natural, cotton flea collar you can apply with flea-repelling herbal oil such as citronella.
- Wash your pet's bedding often in hot, soapy water.
- Vacuum your house thoroughly and often, even daily, to remove eggs, larvae, and adult fleas. Don't forget to vacuum furniture, baseboards, cracks, and crevices.
- Put some diatomaceous earth powder in your vacuum bag to kill any eggs, and sprinkle some under your rugs and furniture too.
- If you want to be even more thorough, consider steam-cleaning your carpets.
- More natural flea-repelling shampoos, diatomaceous earth powder, and other remedies are available online at OnlyNaturalPet.com.