Fleas & Ticks
Fleas, like flies, go through a life cycle of egg, larva, and pupa before reaching adulthood. If a dog has fleas, they will commonly be found around the base of the tail, abdomen, and the head. If the dog suffers a major infestation, they can be found anywhere on the body. If your pet has fleas, you can count on flea eggs, larva, and pupa in the environment that has not passed through the various life cycles yet to reach adulthood. These will likely be found in and near the areas your dog rests. It is important to vacuum these areas, and wash the dog’s bedding at least weekly to control any infestation. Thankfully today there are natural, non-toxic options for controlling fleas. Every year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center receives thousands of calls regarding pets being exposed to insecticides which include products used on pets to control fleas, in addition to products for the lawn and home. You can use a food grade diatomaceous earth on the dog’s bedding, floors, rugs and carpet.
An important component of getting rid of fleas is treating the dog. Common flea control products for use on dogs often carry label warning and precautionary statements such as “Hazards To Humans”, “Do Not Use On Cats”. Instead of using a toxic product on your dog look for a natural product. Many of the natural products use natural oils that kill and repel adult fleas, and these products can be safe for use on cats also, unlike the toxic chemical products.
- Step 1 - Check Your Dog
- Step 2 - Clean & Vacuum
- Step 3 - Laundry - Wash dog beds in hot water.
- Step 3 - Dust areas with food grade diatomaceous earth.
- Step 4 - Bath your Dog
The repellent effects of the essential oil of Lavendula angustifolia on adults of Hyalomma marginatum rufipes was studied at concentrations of 5, 10 and 20% v/v. A suitable tick climbing bioassay based on the questing behaviour of ticks was used to test for repellency. High percentage repellency (range 70-100) was shown at all concentrations of the essential oil of L. angustifolia, although at 5% v/v it only persisted for the first 40 minutes compared with 120 minutes at other concentrations (10 and 20% v/v). The repellent strength of L. angustifolia compared well (P > 0.05) with that of DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), a commercial reference repellent, for the 2-hour period of the study.
Flee Bomb Diffusion Blend
This blend is so powerful, that it is recommended that humans, animals, and fish tanks be removed from the rooms (and possibly the home) while administering a "bomb" treatment. If the area to be treated can be confined, some people have been successful in treating one room at a time, moving their diffuser from room to room, and evacuating to a distant part of the home. Diffusion with an AIR STYLE DIFFUSER (also called an atomizing diffuser) is mandatory for this application
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