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    A natural way of preventing fleas is to weekly dust your pet with
    diatomaceous earth.

    When ever applying any products for fleas, always start at the head
    and work back. Place products around the neck as well and simply work
    back. This way you will not drive the fleas into the ears or eyes of
    your pet.

    I always spray and powder out doors, or in the bath tub. That way if
    one jumps you still have control. In the North East of the USA, the
    flea season starts when early fall arrives, and ends after several
    killing frosts. Once fleas have a foot hold indoors they will survive
    and prosper all winter. Feeding on your pet and you.



    BATHING FOR FLEAS:


    Wet the pets head and neck first then apply the shampoo, then wet the
    balance and lather up. Keep the pet in lather for at least 10 to 15
    minutes so the product has time to work.

    Regular shampoo will kill fleas without insecticide. The shampoo
    breaks the water tension and allows the water to enter the fleas
    breathing holes.

    When rinsing, rinse well and re-rinse, shampoo left on your pets skin
    has a drying effect and will cause more scratching. Use a good quality
    pet shampoo as they are pH balanced. Human shampoo should not be used!
    Over bathing removes natural oils and also causes flaky itchy skin.

    Borax can be used indoors to kill fleas in carpeting. Always start on
    the perimeter and work in to the center. Be sure to apply products
    under furniture before doing central areas fleas will run if given the
    chance. In areas of heavy traffic in the house re-application will be
    required, as the product will be picked up on shoes and not be
    effective as long.

    Another way to detect if you have fleas in the home is to place a
    dinner plate on the floor place water in it and a few drops of dish
    detergent. Then place a light over the plate. The fleas jump towards
    the light and heat, fall into the water and drown. (unfortunately this
    isn't a good way to rid the home of fleas).

    CAUTION!
    When using any insecticide product keep an eye on your pet. Never use
    more than one product at a time on cats as they are far more
    susceptible to poisoning than dogs.
    Symptoms of poisoning: Heavy salivation, vomiting, seizures, and death.



    FLEA FACTS:



    An adult flea can live 2 years without eating.
    The black dirt you see on your pet is flea droppings not eggs.

    Fleas can cause tapeworms in pets.
    Flea bites are like mosquito bites they itch for a time after the bite.
    Flea bites can have allergic reactions with some pets
    Fleas are thermal sensitive, and live in small colonies about the size
    of a wash tub,
    when your pet or "you" walk near or through they jump on knowing that
    they will have a warm winter.
    Flea eggs are opaque in color.
    Fleas can live on any surface, carpet, tile, hardwood floors.
    Most shampoos and sprays only kill for that application. The next day
    the fleas can be back as usual.
    Fleas are not always in one spot, this year it may be on your property
    and next year on a neighbor.
    The key to proper flea control is to protect early, and continue
    throughout the flea season in your area.
    You do not have to have a pet to have a flea infestation in your home.
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    Diatomaceous earth, also known as diatomite, kieselguhr, kieselgur, and Celite, is a naturally occurring, soft, chalk-like, sedimentary rock mineral that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. This powder has an abrasive feeling similar to pumice powder and is very light-weight due to its high porosity. It is made primarily of silica and consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.

    Diatomaceous earth is also used as an insecticide due to its abrasive properties. The fine powder causes small cuts in the waxy outer layer of insects, causing them to dehydrate.

    There are 2 different kinds, cleaner grade and food grade. It is commonly sold in hardware and garden stores as an "organic pesticide" and is available from a number of storage food dealers. (People use it to prevent bugs in their grains.)
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    My godmother swears by 10 drops of tea tree oil to a full squirt bottle of water sprayed on the animal and furniture does the trick.She also add 6 drops of tea tree oil to her flea shampoo. I haven't tried this though so I can't swear buy it. I do know it works for lice and I watched her kill those asian beetles invading her porch.Wal-mart sells tea tree oil for around $5 a bottle. Emmy in Iowa
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    When we got fleas in our house, we cut small branches off of black walnut trees and tucked them in out of the way places (under beds mostly) - it's a little slow, but it works.

    I have also heard that if you soak a string in pennyroyal and tie it to the collar of the animal, that it will help get rid of the fleas. You might want to check some other sources, or the pet gurus out there, have not tried this one.

    Hope this helps,

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    I live in the Southwest & this has always been effective for me (although we
    don't have a big flea problem here.)You Can give the animals brewer's yeast &
    garlic tablets and you can also treat the animals and the house with seven dust.
    It takes awhile (and alot of vaccuming) but with diligence and perseverence,you
    can get rid of the little pests! Good Luck!
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    Veterinarians call it the "poor man's penicillin". It is an essential part of the daily diet of some of the world's most highly prized racehorses. You guessed it The Stinkin Rose, the natural way to keep your pets at their best.
    David Smith,DVM, of North Hills, CA, commonly prescribes garlic as part of his flea prevention program and for treating and preventing allergy flare-ups. He also believes it may help prevent certain cancers in pets. Researchers at California's Loma Linda University School of Medicine attribute garlic's ability to control parasites to its powerful antibacterial action. They say it controls the growth of microorganisms.

    Top priced thoroughbreds at the famous Newmarket racing stables in England consume buckets of the Stinkin Rose everyday. According to Professor John Heinerman, a world authority on herbs and herbal medicines, breeders found that modern medicines were not always effective against the various diseases that used to cripple horses. Lord John Fitzgerald was the first of the local trainers to experiment with the garlic. He used it to prevent viruses, eliminate worms and keep the blood thin, which protects the heart.

    Garlic has had its brush with celebrity pets, as well. When actress June Lockhart started losing the battle with her dog Tony's fleas, she was told to mix garlic extract with his food. " The flea problem just disappeared," she said. In fact Lockhart, who became a spokesperson for International Hearing Dog Inc., after staring in the Lassie TV series, was so excited by garlic's power that she arranged for the extract to be sent out with every newly trained dog.

    Although you should try to use fresh garlic, granulated or extracts will suffice if you have no choice. Just grate or mince a little into your pet's food at every meal. About 1/2 to 3 cloves depending on the size of your pet.
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    What worked for us was a product called the Enforcer, it's got a red
    label and is available at either LOwes or Home Depot...can't remember
    which one. A jug about the size of a gallon is around $10.00. We had a
    terrible infestation and I wound up using a combination of Borax (it
    dries them up) and the Enforcer stuff. I also vacuumed the heck out of
    everything and threw away the vacuum bag immediately. We haven't have
    fleas in 2 yrears. I did't do anything for the animals so I can't help
    you there.

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    -I have heard but not tried pouring salt on the carpet and leaving
    overnight.

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