The last few days have been beautiful – warm, sunny Spring days. Although here in Southeast North Carolina with temperatures topping 88 degrees, some of us feel we have just sprung into summer! These beautiful days you want to spend as much time outside as possible. Unfortunately, nice warm days also bring the summer bugs. I got my first mosquito bite yesterday while spending some time enjoying the weather.
Of course, in our house, we are far more concerned with how the bugs affect our four-legged fuzzy children than we are with how they bother us. Spring weather means fleas. If you haven’t read the story about our fight against the flea, check it out here and here. We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas will all natural products. Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment. This is our battle plan:
First, we use an all natural soap to bathe our boys regularly. Franklyn’s is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas. The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites. Roxy’s is also very effective at fighting fleas. If you can’t decide, you can always get a sample stack which includes a one ounce bar of each of our dog soaps.
To get rid of any fleas in the house, we use Borax. It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent. We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc., rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours. Then just vacuum it up. Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.
For the outside, we use food grade diatomaceous earth. It is very important to buy the food grade material and not what you find at a pool store. The diatomaceous earth at the pool store contains silica which makes the dust harmful if inhaled. We sprinkle it all over the yard. The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them. It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.
We have been using this approach for the past year and a half and have had less problems with fleas then ever before. We encourage you to fight fleas all naturally this year. You, your pet and your environment will be better off. In our next post we will discuss the options for dealing with the pesky bugs which are out to bite you.
On another note, it is time to announce the winner of our Soap on the Run contest. Congratulations to Amy whose comment was “I bought my first soap at the WB marathon expo and I love it. I am a walker not a runner so I will walk (but very fast) away from the soaps I have been currently using. Thank you for producing a product that I can buy locally.” Send us an e-mail Amy with your address so we can get you your Soap in the Run. Thanks to everyone who entered – be on the lookout for our next contest coming soon.