9. Cedar Wood Chips
To control and prevent fleas from infesting your yard, cedar wood chips are the best solution. Fleas hate the smell of cedar wood chips. Plus, they are all-natural and are not harmful for nearby plants or your pets.
- Purchase cedar wood chips from the market. Spread them over the affected areas in your yard, as well as under the porch, dog bedding and outdoor furniture.
- You can even place cedar chips in a cotton cloth and place it in the dog bed to keep it pest-free.
10. Wash Your Pet’s Belongings
As fleas enter your house via your pets, it is important to keep a close eye on your pets and their belongings. In fact, always check your pets for fleas before bringing them in the house.
- Use hot water to wash lived-in areas and other items used by your pet.
- Wash your pet’s clothes and bedding in the washing machine using hot water and dry them under the sun.
- It is also important to wash and clean anything that your pet likes to regularly lie or sleep on.
- If some of your pet’s items are not salvageable or extremely dirty, it’s best to throw them out and purchase new ones.
- As soon as you notice your dog or cat scratching a lot, take it as a warning sign before your house is heavily infested.
- Your vacuum cleaner is your #1 weapon in the war against fleas. Vacuum every suspected area in your house and be sure to empty the vacuum bag immediately.
- You can give your pet a bath with a flea shampoo. Always choose a flea shampoo carefully after consulting your vet.
- Some people have even reported success in getting rid of fleas from pets with garlic. However, as garlic can be toxic to pets, it is important to consult a vet before trying it.
- Brewer’s yeast supplement can also be given to pets, but under the guidance of your vet.
- Frequently comb your pet’s fur using a fine-toothed comb specifically designed to remove fleas.
- As fleas thrive in moist places, avoid overwatering your lawn, which will create a flea-friendly breeding ground.
- Prune foliage and trim grass in your garden or backyard to expose flea larvae to sunlight.
- Plant flea-repelling plants in your garden, like lavender, rosemary, penny royal, and chrysanthemum.
- Use a dehumidifier in your room. Fleas require higher relative humidity and cannot survive for long without it.
- You can also buy sticky flea pads and electronic traps.
- In case of heavy flea infestation, get professional help.