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Natural Flea Control

Last Modified on Mar 20, 2015

Did you know that a flea could jump 100 times its own height? Did you also know that just one female flea will produce 20,000 eggs in a period of only three months? Lastly, did you know that it can take anywhere from three to six weeks for flea eggs to hatch? Now that's definitely some eye opening, yet frightening flea trivia!

The pests in question are tiny, brown, wingless insects that survive on the blood of your pet. Unfortunately once they have found that food source they are very difficult to get rid of. Any of you who have been faced with the regrettable task of dealing with fleas truly know how trying it can be, and how incredibly quickly the problem can spread to other pets and to your home. 

All Natural Flea Treatment

So first let's talk about a couple of ways in which we can prevent flea problems for our pets altogether. The addition of Garlic to every one of our dog's meals will help to keep them free of fleas, as will the addition of Sulphur to their diet on a once a week basis. You can also try giving your pet Black Walnut Hulls that come in a capsule form at many health food stores which will repel not only fleas but also, ticks and mosquitoes. Also check out our page on the apple cider vinegar flea treatment for dogs! Keep in mind that none of these solutions will work overnight and may take about four to six weeks before they are effective.

If you suspect that your pet does have a flea infestation examine the animal closely by separating the hair on the animals back or flank area.  You want to be able to view the skin of the animal as well as possible and it will always be easier to detect fleas on those pets that have a lighter skin tone.  During your search you might actually be able to see a flea scurrying by, but more likely you will see the evidence that the flea has left behind.  Flea dirt (or feces) will appear as small, black pebbles in the fur and on the skin.  To determine whether or not what you see is actually flea dirt, take some wet paper towel and wipe it over areas where the dirt is most prominent.  If the dirt on the wet paper towel has dissolved into red blood then you can bet that you are indeed dealing with a flea problem.

Now let's get down to bathing your flea infested friend.  Use an herbal shampoo that contains a combination of any of pine cedar, bergamot, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium.  Before you wet down your pet here's a handy trick to ensure that you are successful in killing all of those nasty fleas.  Know going into this process that as soon as you wet the animal down, those fleas are going to run for higher and dryer ground; this means they will flea (no pun intended) to the head area.  You should never douse your pet's head with water and certainly not soap, so in order to prevent the fleas from escaping make sure that you first pour a thick layer of the shampoo all around the head and neck area; as close to the top of the head and underneath the chin area as you can get. Pour small amounts of water with your hand onto the soapy area and spend some time building up a thick, soapy barrier that will kill the fleas that attempt to pass through it.  Proceed by wetting down and lathering up the rest of the animal's body while frequently returning to massage and re-lather the neck area. Fleas are very difficult to kill and it is better for your pet if you can handle the problem with one good bath rather than several of them, so be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least 15 minutes or more while continuing to massage the soap deep into the animal's fur. Rinse the animal thoroughly and dry it off well, especially during cold weather.

If you are also dealing with a house infestation of fleas, here's a great way to get rid of the problem. Mix together 1 1/2 pounds of diatomaceous earth, 1 1/2 pounds of natural borax and 1 cup of salt. (Don't use the earth and borax that you can purchase at a pool store, rather use the products that you can get from your local garden store.)  The diatomaceous earth works because it contains very tiny particles that have sharp spines, which puncture the exoskeleton of the flea, killing it.  The borax and salt work by absorbing the moisture of the flea and make all of those cracks and small areas that they might find to live in your home much more undesirable.  You can use the mixture by sprinkling it throughout your home onto carpets and into those harder to reach areas.  Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of days and then vacuum it up.  Although these powders are not poisonous it's never a good idea for you or your pet to breathe it continually for days so if it's possible to go elsewhere while it sits then that's definitely an option you should use.  Alternatively, if you prefer not to douse the house with the mixture, you can always pour it into your vacuum cleaner bag and vacuum everything thoroughly so that any of the sucked up fleas will die inside the bag.  Keep in mind that this solution will not kill the un-hatched flea eggs and therefore the process may need to be repeated several times depending on the severity of your problem."

[WARNING!] 08/17/2009: Doglover-gsd from Morganton, Nc Burke writes: "diatomaceous earth - is a poisonous vapor producing substance."

[WARNING!] 04/17/2007: Valeria from Athens, GA writes: "I have been reading all of the suggestions and am planning to try some. I don't have a question or remedy to offer, but felt I must let you know about a dangerous option.

I've used Diatomacious Earth for years, I even used it to get rid of a horrific flea infestation in my asthmatic boyfriends house with no bad effects. It works against all insects and parasites. The IMPORTANT thing to note is that POOL GRADE D.E. IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND CAN CAUSE SILICOSIS (scarring of the lungs similar to asbestos poisoning) The only safe D.E. to use is natural pulvarized or ground D.E. that can be found in plant nurseries and food storage shops. This D.E. has NOT been superheated, a process which creates fine threads of silocone glass which makes it a better filtering product, but makes it dangerous to handle or breath. Flour grade D.E. is meant to be used in graineries as a bug and egg deterrant is fine enough to mix with flour. The Regular D.E. can be spread on carpets, or the cracks between wooden floors. Plan on not vacuuming for a while(like a week) in order to allow the D.E. to cut up and dry up the little buggers, and be prepared for a little dust to be produced for a short while as you walk on it. I've even heard of it being used a a coat powder and mixed in feed (for horses, cats,and dogs) but I've never tried that personally. I sprinked it in the carpets and brushed it in with the broom and let it sit for couple of weeks, them vacuumed and reapplied. This with Advantage treatment took care of all the fleas and there were none for the rest of the year.

Well I'm off to try an ear mite treatment on my new cat. Thanks for all the suggestions!"

 [WARNING!] 08/13/2008: Paul from Oakland, CA replies: "Hi, I was just about to buy garden grade DE to put in my vacuum bag... when this clerk told me to "get away from there, sir", saying the stuff is leaking out of the boxes... (you can see fine white powder on the outside of the boxes.) Then this helpful clerk told me to go outside and meet him...I thought he gonna sell me drugs or something, but he told me that he worked in Pest Control in the past and that if you put DE in your vacuum... that it's gonna come out and you are going to breath it. So in any case---I didn't get the DE. The clerk was very pro having your house "bombed" professionally etc... P"

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Tea Tree Oil and Cats   0  0   

Posted by Sherry (Columbus, Ohio) on 12/26/2008

While researching tea tree oil as a skin healer, I noted that tea tree oil can be very toxic to cats. A couple of comments here mention tea tree oil use for cats to help prevent fleas. Thought I should just mention it.

Replied by Beth
Marshall, Missouri

I have used tea tree oil shampoo on my cats multiple times, however I use it sparingly and only on one of them. My cat Brok will sometimes rub himself raw on a spot on his back. He is overweight so he cannot groom certain areas on his back properly. I will give him a bath with regular cat shampoo, then treat the balding area with a dime size of tea tree shampoo. He never got sick or showed any symptoms that I read about over the internet. I believe as long as you use it sparingly, and make sure to completly rinse the area you used it on, you won't have a problem. Don't use straight oil either, you can pick up tea tree shampoo from a health food store. I have also used this to prevent a mange break out on three previous cats of mine with no ill effects. I think as long as you use it sparingly (ie. bald spots or mange) then it will be fine. but do keep the other health warnings in mind, such as not using it on open sores, or on a cat that was recently shaved."

02/03/2011: Tanya from West Palm Beach, Fl replies: "I read the other comments about D. E. And wanted to share that there are different "grades". If you go to a holistic pet supply store, they should have FOOD GRADE DE which is safe to feed and apply to the pets body. I have been using it for roughly 4 weeks and the infestation is much less. The cats have shown no negative effects from daily dosing except an occassional sneeze. However, the claim from the saleswoman that it would take only a week was incorrect. It seems to take 4 to 6 weeks for total flea destruction. Also, wash your hands after handling it. The powder is very fine, but can irritate your hands & feet (if you sprinkle the carpet. ) It felt to me like itchy dry skin hands, so wash alot!"

04/13/2011: Peg M from Prescott, Michigan replies: "Try Seven Dust that you use on your fruit and veggies in the garden. Works just like a flea powder but much safer. do keep away for pets face and eyes.

Replied by Swhit
Los Angeles, Ca

You need Food Grade DE. You can also eat it besides use it for fleas for animals, it is very beneficial. All it is is crushed oyster shells. I put it on my garden to get the snails and slugs, they will not cross it.
Replied by Kitty Cat
Knoxville, Tn

In regards to swhit's comment, DE is NOT crushed up oyster shell. It is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.
Replied by Keith
Hendersonville, Tn

D.E. IS NOT POISONOUS in ANY sense of the word!! I read on here where someone said DE produces a poisonous vapor... THAT IS FALSE!!!!
Replied by Corey
Columbus, Oh

The guy who put D.E releases a poisonous vapor just was right he just didn't use the correct english. He meant it produces a dust in the air that you can breathe and it can damage both your lungs and your pets. It is true, I knew someone who accidently killed their cat by using too much on them. Diatomaceus earth is like a very fine glass. It kills the bugs by cutting them and getting in between their exoskeleton. Breathing it in is similar to breathing in asbestos!
Replied by Joanna
Santa Fe, Nm

Be more careful with cats than dogs due to what their livers can't clear out of their systems. When using tea tree oil look for a medical grade oil so you know it's high enough quality for a cat. Tea tree is an oil that cats can be more sensitive to and a poor quality oil may be dangerous to their health.

As far as diatamaceous earth, food grade is the way to go, can be applied to an animal with a cloth or cotton ball to keep the dust down for both you and your animal.

Replied by Susanna
Portland, Or

Just saw a suggestion for using Sevin dust on your pets for fleas. This is poison. Never, never use this on your pet!
Replied by Steve
Indiana, US

So many people believe that chemicals are a better choice than natural. There have been several studies on the number of chemicals in our bodies. Everyone has a chemical load in them, even unborn babies. Chemicals are killing us, and I am sure our pets too. Many of the chemicals are older and have not been fully tested, plus no one knows what happens when these chemicals mix together in a person or animal. With the cancer rate what it is, I try to stay away from as many chemicals as possible.

Advice for Flea Infestations   6  0   

Posted by Karen (Russiaville, Indiana, United States) on 05/30/2013

Things to remember: every pet is different! Every flea season different too. Some pets can be allergic to chemical and/or natural treatments. I've found that natural prevention works better than natural treatment. Once you have an infestation, its very hard to rid naturally! Few years ago there was a mutant infestion in my area of Indiana. Chemicals were even having a hard time with the fleas. Know your area and possible infestation season. Know your pets and their possible allergies. Try new remedies in small doses first. Communicate with your vet! Prevention is easier than treatment. Good luck

Replied by Petlore

For those trying the amethyst just in case this might apply, in using stones to help in healing, every so often you have to recharge the stone, to do so set it outside all night in a full moon. Myself I don't understand it all but the moon has been proven to be like a strong magnet. The energy in stones can become depleted so give it a try won't cost you anything but the time to walk outside.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

I spoke with a witchy healer I know and she said the same; recharge the stones. It may be that the cases where the stones did not work at all simply needed to be charged before use!
Replied by Diamond
Mass., US

[YEA]   I just make a big batch of small amount of peppermint oil, a drop of tea tree oil and lemon juice then fill a spray bottle with water.... fleas and ticks fall right off my pets.

Posted by Pamela (Huron, South Dakota) on 11/13/2012

We discovered, after fighting fleas from June until November, that our DRYER WAS HALF THE PROBLEM! We were dragging back in loads of folded, clean laundry full of clean, fresh, healthy fleas every time we washed bedding, towels, clothing, robes, blankets, pillows, you name it. CHECK YOUR LINT TRAP TO SEE IF THEY'RE ALIVE. Ours were.

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa

All the more reason to remove ALL lint from the lint trap after using the dryer each and every time! And, one could also clean the lint trap in white vinegar. I also have been adding Eucalyptus liquid soap to my wash which kills fleas. And, it smells good! (The smell does not stay on the clothes).
Replied by Chuck
Jacksonville, Fl

In our former home, we were totally infested with fleas brought in by our two indoor/outdoor cats. We spread non-toxic borax powder on our carpets and rugs, broomed it in, left for a few days and then vacuumed. In about a week... No more fleas ever! Not in the house, not on the cats, not in the furniture. We treat it yearly and have had no fleas for ten years. The cats still go in and out but neither one has had any fleas since. This product is not boric acid which can be toxic. Borax powder is available in many pet stores.

Posted by Lynne (Shady Valley, Tennessee) on 02/22/2011

[YEA]  When we first moved to Tennessee, our "new" house had wall-to-wall carpet upstairs, our bedroom shared by the dog of course. We noticed that where the sun hit the rug, there were fleas hatching into yucky little worms. By hit or miss, we came up with a simple and very cheap solution! Get a dinner or sandwich plate (light color like yellow or white) put one drop of dish soap and fill with water. Then place the dish on the floor under a desk light that you put on the floor and aim the light at the dish. In a few hours the warmth of the light attracts the fleas and they jump in the water and drown! How simple and safe!

Replied by Jennifer
Gainesville, Fl

I've read that you can use the desk lamp and dish wtih soap but I modified this to be more successful at least in my case. I have found that CLEAR containers work much better than opaque. Fleas seem to be attracted to white so under each clear container I have placed either a white paper towel or a white piece of printer paper. The best light source has actually proven to be an LED battery powered lantern (dorcy) and I have placed a small bowl in the clear container with the lantern sitting in it. Then put water in the clear container with a few drops of dish soap. The separate bowl for the lantern keeps it from getting wet but attracts the fleas quite well. I have also had luck with the clear dish and soap with white paper under when I have just used a glow bracelet or stick. Pink or red sticks don't seem to work but those that are white or green attract them like crazy. Using the above methods I have caught around 200 fleas in the last 3 days since I started setting these traps--I set two with lanterns and 3 with glow sticks/bracelets. I am hesitant to use an actual lamp or anythign with a cord since my cats tend to knock things over which could prove quite dangerous. The battery powered LED lanters work better than the glow sticks but the glow sticks are nice in that you can just toss them in the water and they work without risk of damage.
Replied by Sheila
Marengo, Iowa

I have set 2 to the "flea traps" in my house and am having some very good success with them. The fleas seem to be drawn to them more during the night then the day. I am using a clamp on lamp. It is clamped on to an end table in my living room and one in the bed room... That is where my dogs spend most of their time. I have used the chmicals with no success. I have been putting frotline on my dogs like recommended and my dogs are missereable. I am putting apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. And have tried to put it on them after their baths. They hated it on them. My beagle basset mix howled the whole time it was on her. So I am open for any more suggestions. I did give them a bath with rosemary mint shampoo and that did give them relief for a short time but that is it. HELP
Replied by Kat
Youngstown, Oh

Frontline doesn't work on some animals, try advantage
Replied by Melissa
Vancouver, Bc

[YEA]   I find that diatomaceous earth works well for flea control. I have used it on my cat and both my dogs and have not had any problems since!

It is all natural, easy to use and much less expensive than other alternatives.

Just sprinkle the DE throughout your animal's fur, especially on their backbone. The diatomaceous earth will kill the fleas by lacerating their exoskeletons and dehydrating them.

Both pure DE and brands containing calcium bentonite or montmorillonite will have the same effect.

Replied by Nettie
Albany, Oregon, Usa

My cat seems to be highly allergic to the frontline and advantage flea control drops. Massive "bumps" all over her, and the itching drives her nuts. I love the trap with the light suggestion and will try it. We've had massive fleas in the carpet, beds, and other furniture. Has anyone ever used boric acid sprinkled in the carpet? We used to use that; I bought some and it may as well have had a skull and crossbones on it for all the poison warnings.
Replied by Pest Control
Atlanta, Usa

You can try using Dawn Pure Essentials dish soap on your pets and around the house for pest control

For Pets:

-Get a flea comb:

-Fill a large bowl with hot water and some dawn dish soap

-Dip the flea comb in the water solution and brush through pet

-Dip the flea comb back into the water;continue this pattern

For house infestations:

-Leave a few bowls with hot water and dawn dish doap around ares such as beds, couches, carpet for a few hours. The fleas will be attracted to the warm water and the soap will stick to them making them stuck in the water. They will die.

Hope this helps!

Replied by Alanna
Brisbane, Qld Australia

The entire onion family (including garlic) is poisonous to dogs. Please amend the article so you're not giving advice that encourages people to slowly kill their dogs. It also doesn't work.
Replied by Msmoneypenny
New Haven, Ct

Garlic is indeed healthy for dogs in moderation. Many high-end dog foods have it as an ingredient, holistic veterinarians recommend it. Just don't overdo.
Replied by Mrsbark
Erie, Mi

Garlic has been listed as a potential cause of immune mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs. This is an incureable, debilitating disease in which the immune system attacks the blood cells. Our imha dog had to have weekly bloodtests, could not be expsed to any potential irritants to her immune system, and had to go onto a steroid regimen that may have cost her her life. I know garlic is in many high quality foods and holistic remedies but the risk, I feel, is too great.
Replied by Erin

I have 2 cats that both became infested with fleas. I put frontline on them a little more than a week ago. It did not work. They still had fleas, much to my astonishment, being as frontline is supposed to be good stuff... Not to mention, expensive! I just got done giving them both dawn dish soap baths. Got them wet, lathered them up very good, head toe, very good and thoroughly. Then let them sit for a few minutes in the lather. I almost immediately saw all the fleas dropping off, dead. Rinsed them down the drain and now I have a huge weight off my shoulders!
Replied by Supertigertv
San Francisco, California

[YEA]   I was really surprised to have a FLEA TRAP I learned about on this website work GREAT! Those critters die EASILY in just a little bit of soapy water! I set up a flat dish with HOT water and a few drops of dish soap then arranged for a hot desk lamp to stay focused over the soapy water and all other lights in this attic room OUT. In the morning the plate was SO FULL OF DEAD FLEAS I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! I did it two more nights and then NOTHING. THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC! You just want the room to be quiet and uninhabited while you do this of course so the light also can't be knocked over because the plate really needs to be on the FLOOR.

Posted by T.j. (Ramsey, Il, Us) on 08/18/2010

We have been inundated with fleas for about a month now. We live in a very large building (it used to be a Masonic Temple) and we use the big room upstairs for storage, and for the past year or so, to house my daughter's cats. We have 2 dogs that live in the downstairs with us. The room upstairs is very large, it's 30x50 feet, with a 16 foot ceiling. I seldom go up there, so I wasn't aware that there was a flea problem until about a month ago when my granddaughter went up there looking for something and came down covered in fleas. I went up there and within less than 3 minutes I had about 100 fleas on my feet and lower legs. I was freaked out by this, because even with 2 English Bulldogs sleeping in my bed I have never seen fleas like this before. Because I have a 13 month old and a 2 month old grandsons and a 16 year old granddaughter living here I wanted to be careful with what I used. I sent them away for the day, put the cats in a pet crate outside, and used 3 bug bombs upstairs. Then I gave the dogs flea baths and put them in my camper while I covered my floors and furniture with a popular powdered laundry booster (borax) that is mentioned on this site. I let that sit for several hours and then swept, mopped, and vaccumed it all up. I also sprayed a flea spray on the only room with carpet (my bedroom), and in the crate that my female likes to lay in. I put flea collars on the dogs too. I used an entire big box of the laundry booster on the carpet of the big room upstairs and worked it in with a broom. We bathed the cats with a flea shampoo made for cats, put flea collars on them, and then put them in an old rabbit hutch in our big storage building. I have retreated the dogs as well. We had planned on bombing upstairs again before moving the cats back up there, but didn't really think we would have any more problems. We also treated our yard for fleas.

Two days ago my female started going nuts trying to scratch her butt. She was spinning in circles, crying, and because of the way bullies are built she can't even reach her butt to scratch or chew. I thought maybe she needed her anal glands expressed, which my vet has to do internally. I didn't see any fleas at that time so I didn't think that was the problem. Then, the night before last she woke me up crying and spinning. It was 3 am, so I got up and checked both dogs, and found fleas. I was exhausted and had no flea spray so I didn't want to get up and bathe them without treating the rest of the house. What I ended up doing was mixing apple cider vinegar with a popular dish soap, about half and half, and rubbing it all over her butt. I was able to leave it on and go back to bed. She stopped itching and was able to rest. Last night I went and got more bombs, more spray, and more laundry booster. I bathed the dogs with flea shampoo and treated the furniture. Now I have to re-treat the house and all. What else can I do to stop these damn fleas? My feet and ankles have bites that are just healing, and even the babies have some bites, which makes me feel terrible. I don't want to use a bunch of toxic chemicals downstairs where we live, but I also don't want to have this keep happening, especially with it driving my dogs crazy and exposing the babies to fleas. Any ideas will be appreciated.

Replied by Daphne
Wheeling, West Virgina

I too have been feeling the stress of this on my children. It is been so bad my 3yr old plays with are dogs and he has bites all over him! I have done everything but get rid of my pets. But thy are my family. But money is very tight do to everything sir. You are a great grandfather and your pets are lucky. Just thought you should hear it.
Replied by Nancy
Boca Raton, Fl

I know the answer: After a long and tough battle with the fleas. I have two dogs and my guy is visiting for two months with his two dogs. Four dogs. We brought the dogs to the dog park and we walk the dogs around a property with lots of grass, trees and a lake. Plus I live across from a Preserve. So, it could be from the community I live or the Dog park.. Not being treated for fleas. Wherever they came from they were extremely hard to get rid of.

I live in South Florida (hot and humid) which does not help. We tried everything. Flea shampoo, washing linens; dogs beds, toys, plus the dogs... Cutting their fur short, vacuuming and cleaning out the vacuum, brewers yeast pills and garlic pills, etc. Finally we did all of the above.. And then I read online... Take Borax, boric acid and sprinkle all over the floor, base boards, etc. Then wash everything in Borax or Chlorox... In hot water. Then leave the sprinkle down mixture down for 1/2 hour or longer. Clean out the vacuum... Then sprinkle mixture inside vacuum bag/compartment..(where the dirt goes). Put pets in an area away from this. Open windows and doors to the room if you can. Then vacuum it up. Cleaning out the vacuum thoroughly when it is done. Then bath dogs, bedding, toys (in hot water if you can) etc. Let shampoo stay on for 20 minutes then rinse. Then spray raid (indoor/outdoor) automatic (in gray bottle) flea and roach spray on your outside property and all along your baseboards of your home( everywhere). Keep pets out of rooms you spray for a half hour. Then vacuum again and air out room during process.. Spray window and outside sliding glass door perimeters as well. Spray dogs with Adam's flea treatment (blue bottle) Douse their fur (do not get near head, eyes, etc. ) Get into skin.. They will not like it but.. For it to work get them somewhat wet.. not soaking just enough so it get them. Bathe again in 3 days or 4 days. Make sure you shower after the whole thing to and wash you clothes and towels in hot borax mixture. Get borax mule 57 or something. It is only about $2.49. Ok, I hope this helps. Bye for now, Nancy;)

Replied by Sublimeamiga
Clarksville, Tn

Have you tried a spray called Knockout? It is sold from my vet for $20 and lasts up to 7 months. It prevents the fleas from infesting your home and creating a community of fleas. I use it every summer and seems to work great. I also treat my animals with Advantix once a month.
Replied by Jb
Atlanta, Ga, Usa

Two products from Cedarcide, out of Texas, work well. PCO to spray in the yard & Best Yet spray not only for your pets but, yourself & children.

It is cedar oil based & works wonderfully.

Replied by Jb
Atlanta, Ga, usa

I forgot to mention that Cedarcide's Best Yet spray can be used on carpets, flooring, furniture. It does not stain. However, I do not think I would use it on silk or fine damask. I used it in a room with a 75 gallon salt aquarium, making sure the spray did not go into tank & nothing was harmed. The aroma of cedar does not linger for long.
Replied by Crystal At

Grind salt in a blender or food processor until its a powder and sprinkle everywhere even on pets. You will see the fleas jump up and then die! Wonderful, fast & cheap! Good luck. I just sprinkled my whole apt. I have 4 month old twins & a 7 yr old and we tried advantage, vacuuming & knockout. When I found out salt worked I had to try it and I watched those blood suckers die lol. They have bitten me all over my body and have started biting my 7 yr old. I was desperate and frustrated. I was about to give up my cat. I wish u the best!
Replied by Nancy
Windsor, Sc

What type of salt did you use ???
Replied by Hkington
Cocoa, Fl

[YEA]   Using the 20 mule team borax from the laundry section works well for carpet, but you must work it into the carpet with a broom and let it sit for at least 2 weeks without vacuuming. This is done to kill the eggs, if you vacuumed after a couple of hours and do not reapply it will NOT stop the cycle. The key is to let it sit for 2 weeks then reapply every time you have vacuumed during flea season..This was told to me by my vet years ago, and it works great!!!!!!
Replied by Paul
Jacksonville, Florida

Rub your pets with waxed mrytle leaves, then throw some small branchs of leaves behind furniture and in front of your return air handler. Fleas, mosqitoes and ticks do not like the smell and will find their way out of your place. It is a wild evergreen that can grow to 18-20 foot. Some people will have a skin rash if they touch it. It has a light evergreen smell but does not look like an evergreen tree it has leaves. It grows along ditchs and in dry areas. If you crush the leaf in your hand and it smells evergreen you found it.

Posted by Salome (New York, NY, USA) on 01/19/2010

[YEA]  OMG, all this talk about DE, borax etc etc for flea infestation. The flea lives in your home. It feeds off your animal, lays eggs..dies.. these eggs hatch and develop ---the life cycle is about 20 days from bite to laying the eggs,eggs hatch,develop and grow into adult fleas. Why are people putting stuff on your floors and carpets and going nuts? All indoor living pets should get bathed and then confined in an area you already thoroughly vacuumed and damp's CLEAN and flea free for now.

While they're drying, someone HELPING is running the washer/dryer or goes to the laudramat with their bedding etc and someone is also thoroughly vacuuming the house, sofas, chairs etc etc.while the CLEAN pets remain confined in the CLEAN ROOM.

You DON'T SPRAY r@id,bl@ck j@ck,whatever,etc.....use the ACV or red cedar oil/nontoxic kind-IF it makes you feel better. remember that vacuuming will remove them,their eggs and developing @#$%!!!!s. You eradicate THEM and your animals remain flea free. YOU SHOULD CONTINUE to vacuum every day for at least a month and then find out that THIS is now your habit-- you vacuum your home everyday, damp mop too- Your dogs / cats get checked via the flea comb weekly- when they need to get baths they get them with whatever soap/shampoo/conditioner doesn't irritate them---the fleas come off simply due to the water, they're not lice adhering to them and don't produce nits sticking on the fur and don't burrow deep down into carpets,mattresses etc---they're fleas.--they dump their eggs on your floor/carpeted areas--and you vacuum them up and throw out the bag. Or what I did was simply put a piece of tape over the vacuum hose to make sure the little sukkkas couldn't get out in-between vacuuming when my house was alive with them.

It's not as bad as it sounds. The daily vacuuming quickly gets things under control. Cover your sofa etc if they go on them but still keep that vacuum going. Their bedding etc needs to get done anyway and you will truly find out that running the vacuum at least once a day keeps your home truly spotless and is not that time consuming either after the one time heavy haul.

Been there, seen it, done it AND going through it again---somehow in this freezing weather......a flea got in--BUT --I haven't HAD to go through this for more than 15 years -- I think 1 dog brought them in from the didn't CHECK him-and we have always had at least 2 dogs/2 cats /indoors...and the dogs only needed baths as a routine when summer started and ended.

Replied by Nettie
Albany, Oregon

I tried the light in a bowl of water last night and didn't get a single flea. Maybe that's a good sign. Going to try boric acid from the drugstore. It is finer than the Borax soap stuff. Orange cleaner I used to buy at a fair or trade show or from the guy going door to door, killed fleas instantly. So does 100% natural PURE CITRUS lemon air freshener. (It kills yellow jackets in mid-air). The oiliness of it troubles me about putting on my floor and furniture, and lemon oil can deteriorate surfaces. (it melts rubber). It sure kills fruit flies, too. The lemon or orange liquid cleaner, (not dish soap) kills fleas dead, but can sting bites on animals.

Can't feature vacuuming every single day, got too many other things in my life to do. But, vacuuming is a good thing, Martha, for sure.

Replied by Bonnie
North Bay, Ontario Canada

I recently discovered my 4.6 lb yorkiepoo has fleas and when I bathed her today I saw huge adult fleas as well as little ones. I used to be able to control the fleas by bathing her first then putting DE in her bed and on her, with noneed to reapply the DE. However, this tme my regular routine to get rid of the fleas did not work as my neighbor has 3 dogs that are infested. I am planning on getting some ACV tomorrow for her food water and as a spray/rinse. My question though is, can I add DE to the 50/50 solution of ACV and apply the DE and ACV at the same time? or would I have to apply the DE as a powder?
Replied by Ashley

First of all, I have a flea problem and no pets. Secondly..... Vacuuming the floors daily doesn't help furniture, and beds. These people are giving good advice so please be quiet. Thanks =)
Replied by Cathy
Lakeside, Ca

You can sprinkle 20 mule team borax on carpet (keep pets away and leave an hour.. Or less) then vacuum. The borax will also kill fleas in vacuum bag.

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Posted by Karmala (Templeton, California) on 01/10/2013

[YEA]  First off let me say that Earth Clinic is my "go to" site for getting informaion and answers and help. It is my starting point on whatever questions I might have. - I start here, google what I've found, and end up right back here again. This is an amazing community of people helping people.

I have recently had a bout of fleas on my poor dogs. There were only a few so I didn't know what it was for a couple of weeks. I kept checking them for fleas or mites, but never saw anything. They were miserable, would welt up, then get better. Then the cycle started all over again. After discovering the fleas, I did a test. In small, separate containers I put, hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera juice, white vinegar, and apple cider vinegar. I deposited a few fleas in each container. Surprisingly, they lasted less than 5 seconds in the aloe vera juice! The others took considerably longer... They swam in the white vinegar for about 20 minutes, in the ACV for about 5 minutes, and in the hydrogen peroxide for about 5 minutes. I had a 1 gallon container of organic 100% aloe vera juice so gave both boys a sponge bath in it... Really soaked them down. The welts have diminished quite a bit and they are finally resting comfortably.

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Posted by Mary (Costa Mesa, California) on 05/06/2014

[YEA]  I have successfully treated my home for fleas but every time we went out in neighborhood, new flees to comb out. I put amethyst in water dish, first 1-2 months no change. After 3 mo. No new fleas, skeptical, since winter is low flea time anyway. Now warm flea weather is here & still no new fleas. When I use flea comb also NONE on her at bath time. Fantastic results, just took time for her VIBRATIONS to match the amethyst. We will see as summers flea season builds but normally by now, 80 degree weather, we would have a problem. Love nature.

Posted by Louann (Tennessee) on 08/29/2013

[NAY]  I tried the amethyst stone in my dog's bowl and my cat's bowl. I've had it in there over a month now and it doesn't work at all. My amethysts are large and still part of the rock itself so I know the quality is good. Time to try something else.

Posted by Minkxy (Brooklyn, Ny) on 08/01/2013

[NAY]  I just tried the amethyst stone for fleas. Although a nice idea, 2 weeks in and nothing. Stone bought off of new age store on ebay. 1 inch in width, unpolished in stainless steel bowls.

Posted by Sue (Coos Bay, Oregon) on 06/11/2013

[YEA]  I too was skeptical about amethyst, but thought if I could pick one up on ebay for under 2 bucks, what could it hurt? I have an enameled bowl, probably over metal, I put it in. I won a cheap bid for a beaded necklace, though I bid on several different amethyst pieces... Natural rock, rings, beads... I was pretty amazed that for the last 6 months now, I have not seen one flea... For all the "know it alls" who claim they have a bridge in Arizona for sale, hahaha, you can keep it along with your closed mind!! Or those who say it can't work, you are wrong... I don't believe in fairy tales, or magic or much of anything, but this worked, I don't know how or why, it just worked and my cat is flea free!!

Replied by Savanna
Ottawa Ks

[NAY]   I just got a Kitten and I might not be able to keep her because the fleas are so bad. My friend tried the amethyst stone but it didn't work, I was thinking it might be because she bought it in the wrong stage. What stage did you get yours in?? I really wanna keep her so if you could get back to me asap or email me that would be great. Thank you.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Savanna!

Sue posted in June, so in case she doesn't see your request I will offer some advice.

Amethyst comes in different grades, the highest being a jewelry grade with the deep purple color and clear with no milkiness in the stone. All grades of amethyst *should* work for repelling fleas. That said, out of the responses in this topic I counted 13 - including you - who have tried the remedy; it worked for 8 folks, though did seem to wear off on their dog the second year, and for 5 folks it didn't do a darn thing. It doesn't seem to matter if its the 'raw' chunk of crystals or a nicely polished high grade stone. Drat, I say, for those it didn't work for, as it does seem too good to be true to toss a crystal in your pet's water bowl and be able to forget about fleas!

Now, for your kitten - no need to get rid of your cat because of fleas, just give that kitty a bath!

Extensive directions on how to check for fleas and treat your home for fleas as well as bathe your cat are in this post, if you scroll through it until the end [ignore post title, it covers fleas I promise! ]:

Posted by Diana (Morristown, Tennessee) on 02/19/2012

[YEA]  An amethyst stone put in your pets drinking water will totally eliminate FLEAS! Just drop a stone in the water and no more need for expensive treatments. I don't know why or how it works--it just does. I have used this method for two years and have not seen a single flea. My daughter was using expensive treatments once a month and still having an infestation of fleas, and she was even having to use an exterminator once a month.

She tried the amethyst stone and for a year now she is flea free!!

Try it and you to will be a believer!

Replied by Carol
Clare, Mi 48617

Replied by Peggy Sue
West Tawakoni, Tx

You can buy an amethyst stone at any novelty shop or even go to the flying J truck stops, they sometimes have those "buy stones" little kiosk. have also found that "pickling LIME" put on carpets and you can rub in pet's fur, and put in yard, does help with fleas, as I live less than 500 yds from a lake, I have to do it often but it is very cheap and you can find anywhere you find home canning products.
Replied by Danielle
Hendersonville, Nc

[YEA]   From the research I have done, the amethyst raises the vibration of the water, or anywhere for that matter. Things and creatures that vibrate higher are healthier overall. Science has done studies that have looked into the crytal and mineral kingdom being just as alive and intelligent as we are. In fact, silly to some as it may sound, your crystals can guide you in things and you may not even know it was them.

I just put my large grape sized amethyst in my cats and dogs water bowl. My cat, who has the worst fleas, (because they seem harder to treat on cats different systems, ) started acted excited right away, as if I had given him a toy!! I will get 2 more for their 3 water bowls, and also do dish soap (plain) baths as I figure if they use it on animals who have been in ocean oil spills, it makes sense that it does seem to work for a time. Then regular cleaning and D. E. ON THE DOG. CATS HAVE SENSITIVE BLADDERS and they lick themselves constantly.... THANK YOU SO much for the person, people, who suggested the amethyst!!!

Replied by Toby
Lutz, Florida

Does it help with lice in kids also? Its just big concern of mine, my son has long curly kinky hair, and he does not want to cut it, he survied couple times at school of a lice break out... I use natural oils, but I wonder this crystal may work same way with lice?
Replied by Jd

I have always been sucessful using a rinse with apple cider vinegar. Whenever the kids went back to school in the Fall, I always made sure they rinsed their hair the night before with ACV. Works like a charm.

Posted by Cleoppa (Cleburne, Tx) on 08/28/2010

[NAY]  Before trying this, I did a bit of research. Although not a lot of people had commented on their results online, I found that nearly everyone who had cats found this to work and maybe half the people who had dogs did. I thought maybe some other circumstances, such as the size of the amethyst, made a difference. I wanted to get a large amethyst, just in the off-chance it was ingested in the water. I bid on two large (3 inch) amethysts on ebay, expecting to only win one. I ended up winning both. I put them both in my dog's water for some time and saw little, if any difference. So, I'm pretty sure it's not a matter of the amount of the amethyst. Possible there are different types or qualities of amethyst? Or maybe my flea problem was too extreme to it to help? I'm keeping the amethysts in the water and if I do think it makes a difference, I'll post here.

Replied by Sushilvr
Gainesville, Fl

Hello All,

I am going to try it myself. I have four indoor cats and flea control is very expensive. I'm also quite against using chemicals on my pets. I find it amazing that if you get it on your hands the package warns you to wash it off right away, yet it's okay to put on your pets' skin. When I was younger and my cats received it on a monthly basis like clockwork, it seemed no one made it past 7-8 years old; ultimately succumbing to some type of disease or another; renal failure or liver disease. When I've used chemicals on my pets before, three of my cats immediately began to salivate profusely, literally dropping beads of drool from their mouth. As an R.N. I recognize this as a sign of drug toxicity. I do know of a few veterinarians who will not promote these chemical products for these reasons.

I only read one comment where someone stated it didn't work, while others, although sounding pretty surprised, stated this did work.

*** I do wonder what type of bowl people have used; stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic? - for those who have found this method successful and for anyone who has not. ***

Also, concerning the issue of drug toxicity, I've had patients come in with strange behavior and/or symptoms and when I complete a medication history, I find some people have been on the same med for many, many years. I requested a drug screen for such a patient that had been on one particular med for a long time and sure enough, their blood exhibited a toxicity level for that drug. The physician immediately discontinued the patient's prescription for that drug. So, after years and years of putting a PESTICIDE directly on an animals skin, it makes sense to me that in time a toxicity level can begin to build up.

The use of these chemicals are pushed on young and eager to do well veterinary students no differently than the pharmaceutical reps who go to hospitals trying to promote their drug de Jour; which is usually purchased based on what is the most cost effective; not the most health effective.

If you have had success with this treatment, please respond and tell me what type of bowl you are using. I'm currently using a large stainless steel bowl; because it's larger and less heavy to pick up from the floor than a huge ceramic crock. I can't help but wonder if perhaps metal would enhance the mineral release and if plastic might actually absorb any of the mineral properties.

I appreciate any and all replies. Thanks ~~

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

After reading about the amethyst I decided to give it a try. The only thing I had was an old ring with an amethyst stone (polished). I wasn't sure if it would work but decided to try. I put it in a stainless steel (large) bowl that both of my cats and the dog share. It seemed to good to be true, but I had no fleas or ticks all Spring, Summer and Fall. That is a first. Also, in the summer, I was at a gem/jewelry store and the lady's dog was full of fleas. I told her about it and asked her if she could see me an amethyst. She gave me a good chunk of a "raw" stone and I added that to the dish as well. I still have both the ring and the raw stone in there. I'm not about to change anything. It worked for me and I think it's well worth trying. What do you have to lose?
Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi

I'm sorry it took me so long to give feedback. I'm using stainless steel bowls. I have kept the ring and the rough amethyst in the water bowl all year. People are always asking me what the ring is doing in the dog's water bowl... the cats drink out of the same bowl.
Replied by Elaine
Edmond, Ok

To Cleoppa, in Texas: I wonder if you could have been had on the stones? Could they be purple glass? And, yes there are different grades of amethyst. I learned that on Leave it to Beaver, lol. Beaver and Larry found purple rocks in a vacant lot. They thought they were rich. They showed them to the old fireman at the fire house and he told them they were industrial grade and not worth much. I would bet a New Age shop would sell amethysts.

Posted by WestWind (Orlando, FL) on 07/27/2009

[YEA]  Ameythest for fleas. Yea, it really works. Buy a stone from any new age shop for about $1 and put in cat's water dish. That's it. You never need to buy a new one. I first heard of this when my cat Zeus who was all cream color took off on me for almost a week. When he came home he was covered in fleas (being cream, they really showed). A friend told me that one of his friends did just what I am suggesting and her cat never has fleas. I was skeptical, but gave it a try. I don't remember exactly how long it was but it couldn't have been too long because I never remember worrying about fleas on him again (and he was an outdoor/indoor cat in Florida where the fleas are unbearable). I now have 3 other cats, one who used to go outside and two that never do and I never have any problems with fleas. They all get exposed to fleas, however, as I have a Bassett Hound who get them occasionally and brings them in the house. Obviously this doesn't work on dogs however - have no idea why. Just must be a chemistry thing.

Economical, natural and couldn't be easier. Give it a try.

Replied by Xara
Belmont, California

[YEA]   Thank you so much for this remedy! I have 5 cat's, so buying the stuff that you squeeze on the back of their neck can get VERY expensive, not to mention the fact that they HATE it. Last monday morning I was noticing they were all getting pretty itchy again, so I decided to check out the pet section here, and boy am I glad I did! Instaed of spending my usual $100.00, I stopped at a new age bookstore and picked up 4 chunks of amethyst for well under $10.00. By thursday evening they were all itch free,'s amazing! Not sure how or why it works, but it does!
Replied by Loll
Sheffield, England

I'm trying to find a natural flea treatment for my 2 cats. Essential oils are out because they are toxic to cats (but not dogs) so I was interested in reading about the amethyst cure. Trouble is, my cats rarely drink from their water bowl. Is there another way of using the crystal?
Replied by Ivory Coast
Loco, Ca

Replied by Marvin
Portland, Or

Oh my God. I have a bridge over swamp land to sell you. Placing amethyst into water or almost any solution but the strongest known acids will have ZERO effect. What---do you think its channeling power or something? Please consult a high school chemistry book, or speak to a person with common sense.
Replied by Westwind
Orlando, Fl

Reply to Loll - not sure of any other way to use it. Maybe you could add a little fish oil to the water. I think what I would do is to let the amethyst sit in the water for 4 - 12 hours and then add just a little fish oil (not too much, it may change the chemistry) and see if that attacks them to drink it. Or maybe try milk.

Reply to Ivory Coast - I don't believe it helps anything else. As far as side effects go, my cats have been consistantly drinking it for over 4 years and they are all healthy and flea free.

Reply to Marvin - Like I said, I have no idea why it works, it just does. Yea, your right, a high school chemisty book wouldn't explain it and a person with "common sense" would probably dismiss it, but before Columbus discovered America every book on the subject claimed the world was flat and someone with "common sense" would agree... The same is true with all scientific discoveries. Sorry to hear you're so cognitively challenged.

Replied by Blackcat
Istanbul, Turkey

[NAY]   Hi Westwind,

I had put an amethyst stone in my cat's drinking bowl as soon as I came across your posting. I waited almost a week, but did not see a difference, then I started adding apple vinegar to his bowl with the stone still there. Do you think that I should have waited more and that the amethyst still works with vinegar? By the way, it's been weeks since I had started the vinegar but there are still fleas:-( Thank you...

Replied by Carrie
Kingwood, Texas

I was curious if it needs to be raw stone or if tumbled stone works? Sounds interesting to me. I will also be trying the ACV very soon, but this can't hurt to try.
Replied by Carrie
Kingwood, Texas

I was reading about putting the stone in the animals bowl and it sounds interesting. I was curious if the stone needs to be raw/natural? or if it matters if it is polished? I cannot seem to find a new age bookstore anywhere in my area. I will also be trying the ACV very soon, but thought the other would not hurt to try either.

Thanks for your time and consideration and have a happy day!!

Carrie =)

Replied by Mike
Birmingham, Alabama

Who came up with this idea an amethyst stone in water to kill fleas, it had to be the owner of a new age shop that got stuck with a load of the stones. And as far as the blogger that equated dissbelief of this remedy to people once believing the earth is flat COME ON do you own a new age shop? A good remedy for fleas is an owner that takes time to clean an animal and the place that it lives. And if you believe the amethyst cure I have a great bridge in Brooklyn that I want to unload very cheap.
Replied by Kathy
Melbourne, Vic, Australia

[YEA]   Yea - Didn't really believe it would work, but I had tried everything from teatree oil, flea collars, the tubes you squeeze on your dogs back - yet nothing seemed to get rid of my dogs fleas. I read the posts on amethyst and having some amethyst at home, decided to give it a try. I also gave my dog a wash with ACV (only once). I gave my dog a wash a week later, and was shocked to see not one flea. This was months ago now, and have been through the summer months without any more fleas!! My cats also share the same drinking water and they too are thriving without fleas. Can't believe it but it really does work.
Replied by Isabella
Raleigh, Nc

[YEA]   Yes - it sounds bizarre. I didn't think it would work but decided to try an amethyst rock. I definitely don't believe in healing through crystals and I'm not into anything New Age. I bought a tumbled amethyst - about the size of a half dollar - from an ebay shop. It was less than $5 with shipping. I have 5 cats and a dog and usually spend a fortune in the spring/summer/fall on Frontline treating them for fleas. I started using the rock in April. I treated the cats one time in May and that was to kill ear mites. I have not had any problems with fleas or ticks! In addition, I treated my dog only once this year and that was in May. I was skeptical that this would work for cats and amazed that it has worked for my dog. I could not say exactly how long it took before it began "warding off" the fleas. I leave the rock in their water dish all the time - removing it only to clean and refill the dish. I would not claim this would work for everyone. I've tried many things on earthclinic that haven't worked for me but this is one thing I can say has!
Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

[YEA]   You can add me to the YEA list on the amethyst. My homeopathic vet told me under no circumstances to use the flea and tick poison. Having two cats and a dog I was really afraid I was going to get infested with fleas. I had read about the amethyst for fleas a while back on Earth Clinic and decided to try it. All I had was an old amethyst ring (yes, it was polished) and I threw the whole thing in a big bowl that the animals all share. I probably threw it in there around March. It seemed to be working very well and then a friend who has a gem shop gave me some rough amethyst and I threw that in the bowl also. I left the ring in because it was working and I wasn't going to take any chances. They didn't seem to have any problem with it being in there and they drink from it every day. This was a very bad year for fleas and I am thrilled that it worked. I did have to do a lot of explaining about why my ring was in the animal's water dish.
Replied by Dominique
Alpharetta, Ga

That's funny : ) I can imagine your guests taking a "double take" and blinking just before asking you about the ring and amethyst. Glad it works Cheers
Replied by Saoirse
Ny NY, Usa

I'm definitely going to try the amethyst when I can get to the place to buy one. Tired of the expense of that drop stuff and now I'm wondering IF you always need to use it ? House is kept clean, no humans getting bites BUT the cats..... Start up after only about day 21 of the application and 1 dog has reaction to the bites---never had anything like THIS and dealt successfully with the humble flea in the past---thank you for this idea-
Replied by Isabella
Raleigh, Nc

UPDATE: I'm into my second year and flea season using the amethyst. One thing that has definitely changed - it no longer works for my dog. I've had to treat him twice with Frontline this year (other natural remedies have failed for him); however, I have not treated my cats since last spring - they don't need it. I DO see a flea on a cat from time to time but they do not scratch and chew on themselves as a cat does when it's being bitten. I have five cats and they absolutely have no flea problem - despite being indoor/outdoor and living with my dog who does need flea treatment.

The rock I use is a tumbled amethyst I bought from ebay. The cats drink from a ceramic bowl. I remove the rock only to clean and refill the bowl. If you try this, give it time to work. Good luck!

Replied by Sudsy88888
Seattle, Wa Usa

[YEA]   use a pie plate with a few drops of dish soap to discover fleas in the house. I agree with the borax natural treatment to rid the house. Both my cat and dog get a garlic oil supplement vitamin down their throat once a week and absolutely no fleas on their mugs. Hallelujah!!!!
Replied by Bob C.
Seffner, Fl

Dog and Cat fleas are different. Both will bite the animals (and people! ), but only cat fleas can survive on cats, dog fleas on dogs.
Replied by Heather
Portland, Oregon

I haven't tried amethyst, but if crystal quartz powers watches, I'm willing to give it a try. Also, common sense, sometimes is confused with tunnel vision from those whose minds are closed.

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Posted by Wandergirl (West Hartford, Ct) on 08/26/2014

We have 2 cats, older one for 2 years and goes outside on lease daily & never had fleas. Got a cute, little 2nd kitten and have had for almost a month and has fleas, think he had them when he came but I wasn't thinking clearly. I saw little speaks on him and just thought dirt but now think it came from fleas. Needless to say they both have some now but little one has the most.

I try to treat my family and my cats in a holistic way, mainly relying on homeopathy and home remedies. Right now trying apple cider vinegar on their coat, using flea comb. Using coconut oil on their coat, added nutritional yeast to their food.

My question is does anyone know that if cats lick off all the apple cider vinegar off them will that affect their PH. I read somewhere it does so a little concerned.

Any knowledge/help on this matter is much appreciated. Wanda

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Dear Wanda, nice to know you have such a caring attitude towards your cats.

Having had lots of rescues over the years, I have not resorted to chemical means, knowing they are poisoning the blood and host. I always combed them. A big plus is having no rugs.

I use borax a lot to clean floors. Also, in the summer time, they get a sleeping mat only at night if it is cooler. I have combed them daily and when there was an invasion that year, more often. If given ACV over their food, they did not mind and their coats are good. The presence of ACV in the blood makes it unpalatable for fleas. The little one will, over time, raise the immune system with your good care. I find it also very good to add water kefir to their food once a day to counter parasites even though that has to be addressed twice a year IMO . You seem to be holistic inclined enough to do a good job without harming their immune system.

This year is the first year without fleas where I live. What a joy. Love, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Wandergirl!

Om gave you some very excellent advice, and your flea combing protocol is just what I would have ordered, so I will only add that you may wish to use a flea trap in the environment as well. You will need a desk type lamp, a very shallow tray or dinner plate that is white colored, and some dish soap. Set the lamp on the floor in any room you suspect is infested with the fleas. Set the dish down and fill with soapy water. Leave the light on all night long, and then in the morning take a peek at what you have caught. This is an easy, inexpensive and green way to rapidly remove fleas from your home. It may take 2-3 days, or rotating the trap through various rooms until you trap them all, but it works.

Replied by Awesome
Ca, US

Don't put oils on cats, it can be dangerous. Good luck
Replied by Joe
Central Florida, Usa

Modern Cat Flea Control

Unfortunately, the promising agrochemical corporations most effective toxins for insect control, over the last seventy years, of production, has proven to be too toxic to be used indoor in dwellings, on pets and where humans or their food are. Currently, the most effective of these old-style insecticides are banned and outlawed for consumer use [most of which, came out of World War II nerve gas technology]. The few, of the currently and generally available, agrochemical insecticides for consumer use are variants of a few similar but, different formulations of synthetic pyrethrin, insecticides that have currently proven ineffective for rapid reproducing insect pests. Most synthetic pyrethrins are patentable replacements for the less effective tincture from the natural pyrethrin plant. When these insecticides are used, as a ineffective contact poison rather than the more effective use on crops, for killing chewing insects that eat the poison on plants. Basically, insects like fleas out-breed poisons by becoming immune to them through rapid reproduction by the low dosed survivors. It is to the point now that synthetic pyrethrins and other older insecticides are; having no effect or only weakening some of the insect populations for a few days, at most.

Luckily, a new group of insecticides that do not approach insect control the way older poisons did from the agrochemical crop pesticide age of insecticides are becoming available. These new pesticides are products that offer metabolic insect control rather than act, as direct poisons.

Like, "(IGR) Insect Growth Regulator" basically birth-control for insects or more precisely an insect hormone that prevents larva insect stages from transforming into adult insects. And, since only adult insects like fleas bite and feed off blood, larva [very small nearly impossible to see with the human eye, transparent micro slug-like animals] never cause any notable harm. IGR's have no effect on non-insect animals and it is, to these, as if, it was not even there.

Or, the new metabolic wounder kid insecticide, on the block "Spinosad" is a corn fungus derivatization insect control that kills any animal with an exoskeleton, such as, insects, spiders and scorpions along with others AKA: fleas. The fungus feeds off corn and to protect itself from the corn and fungus feeding insects, it evolved this chemical strategy that prevents animals with exoskeletons from replacing their exoskeleton, as they grow and consequently prevents breathing. It is so safe for non-exoskeleton animals that they can safely eat the substance and in rather absurdly high amounts, with no affects what-so-ever. Its one draw back is after exposure to light the chemical is destroyed so, if it is used as a surface applied contact insect control or as an ingested insect control it can lose its kill power. The good part is an unbelievably small amount, kills most insects within its photo-sensitive twenty-four hour effective window.

"Spinosad" comes in two forms an oral drug and a contact spray or spray concentrate. The oral form for pets also, generally comes with a month-long oral repellent/insecticide and in one formulation comes combined with an added heart-worm medication , as well.

The oral pet capsules are in a tuna or beef flavored powder base that you sprinkle into a cat or dog's feed [it is recommended that it is a fatty wet pet food feed, this helps it get into the cat's system quickly] which contains both "Spinoside" and the other active ingredient "Lufenuron" is also used in flea collars and other oral or squeeze-on flea drops. The oral version of "Spinosad" is called "Nitenpyram" and lasts a day but, kills all the active fleas that live off or on your cat during that twenty-four hours. The second ingredient lasts a month and helps to prevent re-infestation.

The spray Spinosad comes, as a concentrate or pre-mix application spray. This is a great product for quick knock-downs of flea populations, as it takes a few life cycles for the "IGR" to completely keep all hatching flea eggs from becoming adult fleas. The spray like, the oral version is completely harmless to mammals and other animals without exoskeletons but, deadly to animals with exoskeletons. Extremely low doses of the nearly odorless spray kills all insects.

Together this combination of modern insect control, is the most effective and least toxic to humans and pets system available. And, if the idea of flea larva living in your carpets, base-boards and furniture bothers you, a good kill for these is to spray your house with straight rubbing alcohol. A smelly and possibly flammable process. [If you cut 70% rubbing alcohol with an equal amount of water and apply with a pump garden sprayer indoors you can cut risks without cutting the kill power.] You will only need to do the alcohol twice, about a week apart to break the cycle. It helps to combine the IGR with the alcohol to save a step. Do not spray wood finishes though, as some wood furniture is sensitive to alcohol. It is best to lock the pets in a room not sprayed, if you go the alcohol route, and spray at night or when you are going to be out, as a rubbing alcohol mixture, will smell for twelve to twenty hours.

The "Spinoside" and water sprays have little to no smell and will not harm your pets even if they walk on the wet spray. You can add perfume, fragrance oil or other sent to any spray, if you want. We add Lysol concentrate, flagrance oils and such with the IGR spray mix [the one once to two gallons of water IGR concentrate is in in a kerosene like oil base and even that little bit does have an insecticide odor, for a few days.

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