Now is the Time to Prep for Flea and Tick Season
Sure, some of us still have snow on the ground and you can still see your breath during your morning walk with Fido, but that doesn’t mean that fleas and ticks aren’t secretly plotting an attack on your favorite furry friend.
We know that fleas and ticks pose a threat to pets year-round, but they become most active during the warmer months, starting as early as March in some areas of the United States. 2017 was predicted to be one of the worst flea seasons on record and 2018 has a similar forecast due the warmer-than-average winter most of us just experienced. So it’s time to gear up.
At Only Natural Pet, we clearly believe flea and tick control should be both highly effective and safe for you and your pets. There are multiple, natural ways to protect your pets and homes from fleas and ticks.
Parasites not welcome
The best defense is a good offense. Good overall pet health and immunity is your best bet against fleas and ticks. Like other parasites, fleas target less healthy hosts, as well as puppies and kittens with undeveloped immune systems. Diet and exercise, like interactive toys, are the foundation of pet health, so make sure your pets have the basics covered.
Flea combs are the best method to discover if fleas are present. Pay close attention to the tummy and tail areas, and drown any captured fleas in soapy water. Daily flea combing may be tedious, but it’s highly effective.
Repelling the pests
For dogs, essential oil-based, non-chemical products work very well to help keep fleas away. Sprays, wipes and shampoos with essential oils, like geraniol, not only help repel fleas, they’re also safe and feature no synthetic pesticides. Herbal Defense Oil Blend is a great repellent for dogs. You can put a drop on the collar, and dilute it into a spray to mist your dog. Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Squeeze-On is another effective, safe and long lasting option for your dog.
For cats, EasyDefense Flea & Tick Wipes are easy to use. Oils with geraniol are safe for use with cats. The repelling power of geraniol is effective for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and it is a great, long lasting flea repellant option.
Also, there are some natural flea collars and flea and tick tags that are great for a holistic approach.
On the homefront
Most of the flea population lives in your house and yard, not on your pet. Treating the environment is essential if you want to win this war. Remember to either vacuum some Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy or an herbal flea powder into the vacuum bag to kill any fleas in the bag. Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy can be used on carpeting, on pet bedding, on furniture and on hard floors. It can also be applied to grass to kill fleas in the yard by sprinkling the powder or applying with a hose sprayer.
We understand that using natural methods can take more effort than using chemicals and pesticides on your cat or dog. But as natural pet parents, we want our pets, our homes and our environment to be healthier! For more information on natural flea control products, view our Flea & Tick Control Products for dogs and cats.