We love our pets and we make them a part of the family. But when they drag pesky fleas into our home, it can make us want to get rid of our pets. Many of the options on the market today for getting rid of fleas are full of chemicals and other unsafe and unnatural substances. Instead, consider some of these suggestions for how to get rid of fleas naturally.

How to Identify Fleas on Your Pet

The first sign of fleas is scratching. Fido begins scratching incessantly behind his ears or on his haunches and the next thing you know, your house has fleas. Flea bites are small, round, reddish bumps that might have a pinkish ring around the outside. They can swell and break open from the scratching, potentially causing infection and making your pet, and possibly you, miserable. Because fleas cannot fly but, in fact, jump up to two feet, their bites on humans are typically near to the ground on the lower legs and ankles. Bites on upper parts of the body may not be fleas, but some other kind of insect. Check with your medical professional if you are unsure.

In addition to the actual bites, you may also notice a dirty film on your pet’s coat, indicating the presence of fleas. Fleas will also lay eggs and nest on the floor of your home, particularly in the places where your pet spends a lot of time. You will likely not be able to see the eggs until they are adult fleas, but their presence is no less grievous.

Naturally, Get Rid of Fleas

Your first and most important tool in ridding your home of fleas naturally is your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners kill fleas. The sucking power and the air action cause the fleas and their eggs to dry out, inhibiting their ability to live and reproduce. Vacuum your carpets and upholstered furniture regularly. Even more, if you think you might have fleas. Be sure to empty the vacuum regularly, and empty it outside if at all possible.

Using a borax and salt mixture to sprinkle on your carpets can also help to dry out the potential fleas and their egg nests. This can be left up to two weeks on carpets and then vacuumed well. Placing rock salt on the carpet under the furniture where your pet sleeps can also dry up any potential flea nests of eggs or larvae. Be sure to keep this away from kids.

If you think you might have fleas living in your yard, the same citronella sprays that work for mosquitoes can be a useful tool in getting rid of fleas. The citrus is offensive to the fleas. You could also use citronella essential oils with water to make a spray for your doghouse. Or wash the inside of the dog house with lemon-infused water.

How to Naturally Prevent Flea Infestation

Fleas are not necessarily a sign of a dirty home because any pet can bring them in from outside. However, a clean home does discourage the infestation of fleas and provide a safe haven to removing fleas quickly in case they are brought in.

Sprinkling ground up rosemary leaves on carpets, particularly in places where your pets sleep or hang out, is also an aromatic way to deter fleas from returning. Squeezing several lemons (with their rinds) into a gallon or two of warm water and using this mixture to mop tile or linoleum floors is also a helpful preventative measure for keeping fleas away. The fleas do not like the citrus smell and are naturally inclined to head elsewhere.

Other ways to prevent fleas from returning include using lavender essential oil mixed with water to spray on your dog bed or the favorite place on the carpet where your cat spends time lounging in the sun. Placing a few lavender, eucalyptus, or citronella essential oil drops on your pet collar can repel fleas as well. If you can get your pet to eat it this way, including fresh garlic in your pet’s diet (mixing it with food regularly) will build up a flea-offensive flavor and deter pests from choosing your pet as a victim.

Fleas are a hassle and should be handled immediately upon discovery. But before heading to the pet store, hardware store, or online for a chemically infused flea bomb that makes you leave your house for several days, consider these ideas on how to get rid of fleas naturally. For more info about fleas, call Flea Control Brisbane professionals.

Author's Bio: 

Hi, I am Adler Conway. I am professional writer and info graphic designer by hobby and always love to share carpet cleaning tips and pest control benefits post's.