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FAREWELL TO FLEAS
By Frances | 8 Jun 2017 08:00:00
Are you worried about the effects of chemicals on your pets?
Why not make your own safe, non toxic flea repellents?
CITRUS REPELLENT: Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog or cat remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail (once again keep away from delicate bits) and under their 'armpits'.
AROMATHERAPY REPELLENT. Using 10 ml. of sweet almond oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of cedarwood. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.
A FLEA COLLAR can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium. Don't forget to do this weekly. We now stock a product that makes this easy for you. Scratch is a combination of Neem & grapeseed oil, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Sage, and Lavender essential oils.
YOUR HOME: Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your pet or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your pet's bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming. The salt will desiccate and kill the fleas without you or your family and pets having to breathe in any toxic chemicals! Don't forget to empty your vacuum bag.
Or try our new GET RID powder, suitable for use both in your home and on your pet.
BATHING: A badly infested animal really needs to be bathed so use your favourite dog shampoo. Rinse your pet off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil (don't use Tea Tree on cats) or Lavender oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon (8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over your pet until it's saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.
INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS: Garlic may not be your favourite cologne and it's not the flea's favourite smell either. When your dog or cat eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the skin making them less likely to be the fleas' next meal. In case you think you might need to give your pet a breath freshener along with the garlic, my own dogs eat a garlic clove every day and I don't find their breath smells from it at all. Brewer's yeast tablets will also help to make your pet less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin. Adding a dessertspoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your pets don't fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent.
FAREWELL FLEAZ is a new max strength herbal flea and tick repellent made exclusively for us and taken daily with a few drops on their dinner.
CATANDOGS DISC is an easy way to help keep your pet flea and tick free. Dogs and cats wear it 24/7.
Finally don't forget that if your pet has fleas then they will probably also need worming as the flea and the tapeworm have an interdependent life cycle. You could try our herbal Wormwood Complex.