Fleas are one of the most annoying parasites that can affect your home that is isn’t even easy to get rid of. They can infest your puppies and dogs anytime as long as the conditions for fleas to live present.
Seeing a single flea leaping or crawling on your dog can be a signal that more fleas are on their way to infest your dog. While they are known to be difficult to get rid of, you can now quickly get rid of fleas on puppy with the following home remedies you can make using some ingredients you can see in your home.
What causes for fleas to infest your home?
Fleas are practically everywhere; even you don’t have any pet. That is because fleas can be on your carpets, soil, grass, beddings and other inhabitable places. That is at least when they see any animal that can be their perfect host.
You can easily spot a flea with their dark brown and tiny body. Fleas can also jump from a host to another, but they cannot fly, contrary to the popular superstition.
While they can live even in freezing environments, fleas usually become more active during the summer season. That is because fleas love humidity and heat. The warmth and moisture make it easier for them to breed and multiply.
Signs and symptoms of flea infestation
It is easy to identify if your dogs are infested with fleas. Signs and symptoms flea infestation in dogs include:
- Extreme itching
- Skin redness
- Hair loss
- Irritated, dry skin
- flea dirt
It is essential for you to know that fleas do bite humans as well. If you are experiencing these symptoms, most probably that fleas are present inside your home or on your puppy. Signs and symptoms of flea infestation in humans include:
- Extreme itching
- Numerous tiny red bumps in groups of three. They turn white when they are touched
- Appearance of hives
- Development of rashes
- Bite marks present on skin folds
Home remedies to get rid of fleas on puppy
Home remedies for fleas medications for your puppies and dogs can be beneficial when you are looking for ways to get rid of them as well as prevent them from multiplying and reinfecting your dog. These home remedies are very effective to put a stop to your dog’s or puppy’s suffering, at the same time avoiding the use of chemicals that kill fleas as they can be harsh to your pets, especially to puppies who still have sensitive skins or furs.
1. Dish soap
This home remedy for fleas enables you to create a flea trap out of some dish soap and some water. You only have to fill a plate or a bowl with dish soap and warm water, mix them together, and put it in places on your home where you deem to have the most flea presence.
This home remedy works like glue or a fly trap that traps the fleas because of the viscosity and the stickiness of the mixture. Replacing your flea trap every day is important.
Implementing this home remedy is best done by night as fleas are known to be nocturnal, or more active during the night.
2. Natural flea spray
One of the quickest ways to get rid of fleas on puppy is to use a natural flea spray. This home remedy is a hundred percent made of non-toxic ingredients that can be easily found around your home, thus making it very safe to use for your pets especially the young ones.
To prepare this natural flea spray, you only have to mix below ingredients and place it on a spray bottle:
- 4 liters of vinegar
- 2 liters of water
- Half a liter of lemon juice, and
- A quarter liter of witch hazel.
Make this natural flea spray more effective to use by first vacuuming your home thoroughly, empty its contents into a bin outside your home, and wash your beddings or cushions that is probably infested. After doing such, spray the natural flea mixture around your home, especially to things that are very attractive to fleas like carpets, furniture, beddings, floors and window sills.
3. Baking Soda
Vacuuming is so far the most effective way to get rid of fleas as you are removing it from their homes: your carpets and furniture. But the good things is you can even make vacuuming more effective by using baking soda.
Make use of this home remedy by laying down baking soda along with your furniture and carpets and rub it on its surface using a hard brush. Vacuum your home thoroughly after doing that and empty its contents on a bag outside your home.
Salt is also a great home remedy for fleas that also works like the baking soda mentioned above. It dehydrates your carpets and furniture which reduces moisture, making it more difficult for fleas to thrive and breed.
Get rid of fleas using salt by sprinkling some salt all over your carpets and furniture all over your home, leave it for a couple of days and vacuum your home thoroughly.
5. Lemon or citrus spray
There are so many uses of lemons around your home, and one of them is being a good home remedy for fleas. You only have to make a flea spray out of lemons by slicing a lemon thinly, mix it with a pint of water and boil it. Let the boiled mixture sit overnight and place it on a spray bottle. You can now spray this citrus solution all over the infested areas of your home. But remember, just dampen it and do not soak.
Rosemary is a great way to repel or prevent your pets from getting infested with fleas. Make an herbal flea powder out of rosemary by grinding it together with rue, wormwood, peppermint, and fennel using a mortar and pestle. Sprinkle the powder all over your carpets, beddings, furniture and other flea infested areas.
Fleas are one of the most annoying pests that can bring suffering in your home especially on your dogs and puppies. Get free of fleas now using natural methods with the help of the things mentioned above.