Natural Remedies Aren't Tough Enough On Fleas
September 17, 2019
Many people are turning to holistic and natural solutions for everything, from cleaning products to medicine. While there's nothing wrong with reducing the number of chemicals that we put into our bodies or use in our homes, sometimes the natural route can cause more harm than good. Flea infestations are a prime example of natural remedies not being enough.
Fleas like to hide in moist, dark places so your house may be teaming with them before you even notice. One of the first signs that you might have a flea infestation in your home is finding fleas, or the red or black specks that are flea feces, on your pets. You may also spot them on your carpet or furniture, especially if you have light-colored furnishings. Even though small, they are unique in that they jump to move about, which can help you determine that the pest you see is a flea.
It’s not uncommon for pet owners to want to try inexpensive natural remedies to remove fleas from your pets and your home. A few of the more popular options are:
Coconut oil - The lauric acid in coconut oil is a natural flea repellent, and coconut oil is healthy for your pet’s skin and coat. However, it won’t do much for a flea infestation in your house as you can’t slather all your belongings in coconut oil.
Dish soap - Shallow bowls of water with dish soap will trap fleas that wander in. The problem with this method is that you must change the water and soap solution daily and put it in all the rooms where you have fleas. You might catch some of the insects this way, but likely not all of them, and certainly not their eggs.
Herbal Sprays - A combination of vinegar, witch hazel, and water has been known to repel fleas. The flaw to this method is that you must do a heavy spray of everything in your home, and additionally, wash bedding, furniture, pillows, pet beds, and carpets. Your house will stink, and it won't get rid of the eggs which will hatch and reinfest your home.
When you try natural remedies for flea infestations, you run the risk of prolonging the problem and can make it worse. You also risk your pets getting infested repeatedly causing skin irritation, infections, and even disease. Fleas will also bite humans when looking for a blood meal, and their bites are annoying and itchy.
The best flea control plan is a collaborated effort with your vet and a pest control professional. At Montgomery Exterminating, we are experts at protecting your home from fleas and helping you get rid of infestations properly. Contact us today to discuss flea control options for your Tulsa area home.