The Flea Season is Upon Us

 

 

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Talking with friends, one of whom is currently dealing with something of a flea problem at home, reminded me of the time one of my young nieces walked across the carpet and her white socks began to receive a cluster of black spots. Fleas!

Don’t judge! Iit can happen to anyone, as my friend will attest. This happened to my family many years ago when flea treatments were pretty basic and very toxic. As I recall, we had to get the house fumigated.

Anyway, it made us ponder, as flea season is about to pounce on us, what modern options are open to us now.

There are 62 different species of the little beasties in the UK, with the cat flea Ctenocephalides Felis, being the most common. What makes it so difficult to treat the problem is that there are four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult flea – which all happens over three to four weeks or, if warm enough, even quicker. A female flea is very productive, laying 20 eggs a day on your pet itself which fall off wherever your pet lies down.

The eggs and larvae are hard to spot and, once hatched, the little lovelies can jump like Olympic athletes on steroids.

While friends were talking,and scratching at the thought of the little visitors, I thought I would have a look at what non-toxic solutions for an infestation are available in 2024.

First, as you would probably expect, the advice is to treat all pets with an appropriate flea treatment and to ensure that all bedding is thoroughly washed. It looks like the heavy-duty chemicals are unavoidable in treating the cat and undoubtedly there are some very strong chemical options for getting rid of the eggs and larvae. You should talk to your vet about the best options in that respect. Fleas infestation is not to be taken lightly.

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While we can’t verify the efficacy of more ‘natural’ treatments, for many who have not reached a desperation state, trying one or more of the following might seems like a good place to start:

Baking soda is one of those things that seems to be almost magical in its uses. It is advised to sprinkle it liberally onto carpets, scrubbed in, left for a day or two and then hoovered up.

Salt can be used in much the same way.

While salt helps to dehydrate the fleas, the acidic nature of lemon spray, another option, will also help apparently.

Recipe for making lemon spray:
1 Place  a slice of lemon into boiling water and leave overnight.

2. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle the following day.

3. Lightly spray any area where you think fleas are hiding.

It is also suggested that fleas are repelled by rosemary, which should also be boiled in water and left overnight. Once it’s drained,  filter the liquid into a spray bottle. It can be used on dogs’ coats to deter fleas, and around the house.

Steamers and hoovering daily are also suggestions.

We hope that helps if you find yourself in the midst of a flea circus. Let us know if any of the above work for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty Parsons

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