I used to have a dog that was allergic to fleas. I also rented places to live in. Most places that allow pets have some sort of flea problem. One placed I lived in had fleas really bad in the basement. I couldn’t seem to get rid of them and my dog had to stay at someone else’s house until I could get rid of them.
I learned well before this house with fleas in the basement that fleas like dirt. Regular cleaning like dusting, vacuuming and keeping boxes and clothes away from walls will help keep fleas away. Most fleas are actually cat fleas. Meaning they come from cats and prefer cats, but if there are no cats around they will infest a dog. This is also reason why you will find places that allow cats have a worse flea problem than those that allow strictly dogs. One of the reasons may simply be because people don’t bath their cats as regularly as they do dogs and there are so many stray cats.
In order to get rid of the fleas out of the basement of this particular house I had to call in the professionals. They came out once every other month to spray. It took 2 applications to just get rid of the fleas. However having him come out I learned about some home remedies I could use to keep fleas away.
You can make a great repellent with citrus. Cut lemon into quarters and place in boiling water. Let it steep over night. Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle and spray pet bedding, base boards, furniture, pet toys and even your pet.
Also use lemon or citrus smelling cleaning products when you clean such as orange glo or pine-sol for hardwood floors, old English for wood furniture, base boards and moldings and stair rails. Use dish soap with citrus and dishwasher soap with citrus.
Use aromatherapy to repel fleas. Place cedar chips in or under your pet’s bed, in corners of rooms and in closets. When the cedar smell starts to fade, simply replace it. Cedar chips in your garden beds outside will also provide great mulch plants thrive on and keep fleas away from the yard.
Spray your pet’s collars and clothing with lavender oils, eucalyptus oil, tea oil, citronella or geranium. This will help repel fleas when you go for a walk or take your pet to places where there might be fleas so you don’t bring them home.
Also add a few drops of these oils to your pet’s bath or use dawn or Palmolive citrus dish soap to bath your animals.
Feeding your dog garlic in each meal and natural apple cider vinegar will help make your dog’s skin undesirable to fleas and ticks.
Sprinkling your yard with Twenty Mule Team Borax soap will help deter fleas from your yard and improve your grass.
If you have a kennel consider planting an herb called pennyroyal or tansy around the kennel to help repel fleas from the kennel area.
For more information on home remedies for flea control visit http://www.grandmashomeremedies.com/fleas.html and http://www.stopthefleas.com/natural-flea-remedies.html . Remember, sometimes the infestation is so severe that you may need to call professionals, but if you use these simple inexpensive home tips you can help repel fleas from getting to the point of needing a professional.