Chemically based flea and tick treatments have been around for years, and there is a reason for that – they work, and they work well. Not only are these types of pest treatments effective, but they can be easily picked up at the vet’s office or cheaply at many discount pet meds stores online. However, not everyone is okay with the thought of putting chemicals on their pets, and some can’t simply due to sensitive skin and age.
So how do you effectively treat fleas and ticks without the use of chemicals? Easy. With one, or a combination, of the following options:
There are several dietary supplements for both humans and dogs that help us keep pests at bay. For your dog, mixing in garlic and brewer’s yeast, as well as zinc and barley grass concentrations can help them naturally keep pest off their coats.
During the warmer months, you need to regularly brush your dog anyway to help them with their shedding process. However, by also choosing to brush daily with a fine tooth flea comb, you can help keep your pet pest free naturally. Simply brush, and if you find any fleas, drop them into a bucket of soapy water to kill them.
Herbal Flea Collars and Spray
If you don’t want to use chemically based drops or colors, there are several herbal based brands that you can use instead. Most are easily found at local pet retailers or big box stores, and are relatively inexpensive.
Herbal sprays aren’t the only topical remedies for fleas and ticks. Using natural oils, such as citronella, tea tree, wintergreen, and eucalyptus, will help keep your pet pest free and will also keep them smelling good all summer season long.
Regular bathing is also good
Of the the biggest issues pet owners face when dealing with pest, fleas in particular, is re-infestation. Even those that use chemical pest treatments have issues with flea eggs. To prevent infestation or a re-infestation, make sure to clean your pet’s favorite or regularly used bedding in hot water on a regular basis. This will kill the eggs, and help keep your pet and home pest free.
You don’t always have to choose a chemically based flea and tick treatment when trying to keep your pet pest free. There are several other alternative options that are just as effective, and are generally safer for your pet and the environment. So the next time you think about picking up some flea and tick treatment at the local vet, consider giving some of the above a try first.
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