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Natural Flea Prevention and Treatment

IN YOUR HOME:
Floor/carpet treatments such as diatomaceous earth (the fossilized shells of one-celled organisms called diatoms) and boric acid–derived powders will kill flea larvae, primarily through dessication (drying). Exterminators use borates; you can either hire professionals to treat your home or do it yourself. For a serious flea problem, it may be worth paying a professional since their work is guaranteed.

Vacuuming is very effective against flea eggs and might even catch a few adults. To keep the eggs from hatching or the fleas from escaping, discard the bag immediately or use an herbal flea spray in the vacuum bag or container, either before or right after you vacuum.

IN THE YARD:
Beneficial nematodes eat flea eggs and will help control flea populations outdoors.

Garden-grade diatomaceous earth is very effective outdoors as well. Concentrate on areas under shrubs and decks and other cool shady spots where animals (such as rodents, raccoons, and outdoor and feral cats) have access.

It takes patience, diligence, and persistence, but you can win the war against fleas!

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.

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9:12AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Good article. Natural is always best.

1:37PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

great! ty!

2:29PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

ty

1:58PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing!

5:50AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thanks

4:59PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thank you.

4:29PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks

12:37AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

Okay!

8:56PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

TU, Always want to use natural!

10:50AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

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