Fleas can be a great nuisance and they are unavoidable when you have pets at home. The parasites can spread to the surroundings and also to human beings and can cause severe itching and infections. It is therefore very necessary for the fleas to be removed from the pets itself in order to prevent infestation in human beings. Here are some quick ways to remove fleas from your home.
Home Remedies For Flea Infestation
The antibacterial and repulsive odour of garlic can help destroy and eliminate fleas from the house and the body of human beings as well as pets. Crush some garlic to form a paste and add some water to this. This can be sprayed on the body of the pet and surrounding area. It is also important to add garlic to the diet of pets as well as human beings to destroy and repel fleas. Take 4-5 cloves of garlic every day until the fleas infestation is completely taken care of. Spraying of garlic must be continued as well until all the fleas are destroyed.
Sulphur is known to be a great remedy for destroying fleas. Burning sulphur in the surroundings and inside of your home is known to take care of fleas completely.
Sulphur has to be burnt in certain strategic spots at home and outside to take care of all the fleas. If all the fleas are not destroyed with one session, you may want to repeat the procedure again. Sulphur can also be given internally to curb the infestation and also to prevent it.
Black Walnut Hulls
Black walnut hulls are known to repel fleas and ticks. Black walnut capsules can be administered to your pets to repel the fleas as per the dosage suggested by your veterinarian. This will help destroy the fleas on your pet’s body and stop the spread as well.
Tea Tree Oil
This very strong anti vital essential oil can be applied on the pet’s body and also sprayed on the surroundings and inside your house if the infestation is very severe. It can also be used for application on your body to control the itching and scratching and also to repel the fleas.
As tea tree oil is very strong, dilute it with equal amounts of water before applying on your body. For spraying inside the house, you can use a strong and undiluted version of tea tree oil. Continue application until all the fleas are taken care of.
Aloe Vera has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties and also helps in keeping the skin away from scars and redness while it heals. Scar formation on the affected site is another great problems with flea infestation. Apply aloe gel as often as possible to prevent itching, scratching and burning sensation on the wound.
Fennel seeds too can help in treating flea infestation. Take some fennel seeds and grind to form a paste with water. Apply on the skin for eliminating the fleas.
Fennel seeds can be crushed and the water sprinkled indoors and outdoors and also on the fur of your pet to get the same effect. Fennel seeds can also be used along with other home remedies like aloe Vera, garlic, tea tree oil etc.
Applying lavender essential oil on the skin helps to soothe and heal the skin after a flea infestation. Lavender essential oil can help in controlling the itching and burning sensation that comes as a result of scratching the skin. It will also help in healing the skin that could have peeled off due to the scratching. A few drops of the oil can be added to your bathing water or tub and you can soak your body for twenty minutes every day to take care of the itching and pain. Lavender can be used for bathing the body of your pet as well.
Rosemary is one of the best herbs that can be used for treating flea infestation. Rosemary seeds can be ground into powder form and this can be sprinkled on the infected areas and also on the body of the dog.
Rosemary essential oil can be used as a soak for human beings as well as pets. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to a warm bath and soak for twenty minutes every day. This will help in reducing the scratching and skin irritation as well.
Eucalyptus has a strong smell and is also antibacterial in nature. This helps in treating flea infestations and also in discouraging the fleas too. A few drops of the oil can be added to wintergreen and mixed with a cup of water. Sprinkling this around the house and surroundings where there are fleas will help in removing them completely. Eucalyptus leaves and branches too can be kept in the house and areas where your pet resides. The oil can be diluted and used on your body as well in order to repel the fleas.
Another essential oil that can be applied on the skin for distracting the fleas, lemongrass oil can be sprayed and smeared on the body of your pet as well as human beings to keep the fleas away. You may also sprinkle the oil in areas that are infested.
Just like lemongrass, peppermint can also be sprayed inside the house and also used on the body to prevent fleas from biting your and spreading. The strong smell of the oil will keep the fleas away and help treat the problem.
Another simple and great remedy for treating flea infestation, bay leaves can be kept where your pet resides and inside the house to prevent fleas. It can also be sprinkled on top of your bedding and upholstery to destroy the fleas which reside there.
Citrus fruits have a distinct pungent smell that can repel the fleas. For making a potent spray with citrus juice. Use the juice of three lemons and add a pot of water to this. Boil the water and simmer for ten minutes. Cool and use it for spraying inside the house and outside as well. It can also be sprayed on the fur of your pet to control the infection and also prevent itching of the skin.