Fleas are 1/8-inch-long brown or black bugs. They eat animal blood. Fleas can jump from pet to pet in your home or neighbourhood.
Optimal HealthThe best way to keep your pets from getting fleas is to optimize their health so flea infestations are less likely to occur. A healthy body is more able to fend off fleas.
Use a Flea CombA flea comb has teeth that are closely spaced so it can remove fleas from your pet. This is helpful to begin the process of getting rid of fleas but can also be helpful in identifying how infested your pet really is.
Give Them a BathAfter your pet is combed, a bath is the next step. As with most parasites, fleas don’t like clean hosts as much as dirty ones. So bathing your pet can help. The soapy water will also help remove and drown fleas.
Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar (ACV) is a go-to in my home for everything from food poisoning to dandruff. But ACV is also helpful in pets. ACV is thought to help balance the pH in your pet’s body, which helps repel fleas.
Essential OilsThere are a number of essential oils that help deter bugs including ticks and fleas.
Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth (DE) is a finely powdered natural fossilized form of diatoms (a type of algae). Because of its microscopic rough edges, it can cut through the exoskeleton of the flea, killing it.
If you don’t get rid of the fleas and flea eggs in your home, your pets are likely to get reinfested. Here’s what you need to do:Vacuum everythingWash all beddingUse DECreate a flea trap