For every flea found on your animal, there are approximately 30 more in your home. Adult fleas will spend most of their time on your pet. However, they will lay eggs in places like the carpet, sofa, pet bedding, yard etc. This is why it is vital to address and treat both your pet and their indoor/outdoor environment. |
Understanding the flea life cycle helps us understand how to treat & control flea populations in our homes. Thankfully, there are effective non-toxic countermeasures you can easily employ.
It is also very important to realize that the pupal stage of the life cycle is resistant to most flea control products. It takes 5-14 days for pupae to mature to adulthood within their cocoon. Once mature, they can either emerge as adults or remain "resting" in the pupal stage for several months until they detect the presence of a potential blood source, (i.e. vibration, heat, pressure, noise.) This is why it is crucial to follow up with repetitive flea treatments, especially during flea season.
Most chemical flea control products target only 5 percent of the flea population — the adults. Because fleas become stronger and more immune to chemicals with each generation, toxic chemicals must be repeatedly applied. And, although a product may claim to be natural, some natural ingredients may cause allergic reactions or have toxic effects in animals.
Natural Treatment Methods
There are three major areas of focus to treating your pet naturally and effectively for fleas: your pet's internal health, topical control and environmental control. As believers in living a socially conscious and non-toxic lifestyle, we would like to encourage and educate pet owners on how to address each of these areas in a safe, healthful and effective way.
The most important part to the fight against fleas is maintaining the good overall health of your animal. A high quality, balanced diet for your pet is essential. Fleas are attracted to animals with compromised health & healthy animals do not taste/smell as good to fleas.
It is crucial to the fight against fleas to treat both your pet and your pet's environment. For minor flea problems, treatment may be accomplished simply through diligent vacuuming, mopping, laundering of bedding & general cleanliness. For more serious infestations there are safe, nontoxic products and services that are very effective. Products like boric acid crystals and diatomaceous earth are powders that can be applied to carpets, floorboards & furniture bi-monthly in order to kill off newly hatching pupae. There is also a professional flea control service guaranteed to last up to one year.
Controlling fleas in your yard can be more challenging depending on the amount of area there is to cover. Natural options include the use of diatomaceous earth, pyrethrum dust & beneficial nematodes. When used on a regular basis and in conjunction with each other, these nontoxic natural methods are very effective in controlling flea populations on your pet and in your pet's environment.
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