We have had a long cold winter. There have been jokes, cartoons and grumblings all related to the extraordinary weather.
It seems that things are making a change toward spring. The weather has been glorious here this week (high 70′s)! The sun is shining, folks are pulling their shorts out of storage (including us – white legs are everywhere) and the beach is calling. Unfortunately, the warm weather brings with it fleas and all their associated problems.
Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts by biting them. Aside from being annoying, they also can cause skin irritation, dermatitis, and anemia. They can also give their hosts tapeworms. Different pets react differently to the saliva of the flea, and bites can cause severe reactions in some pets.
The bad news is that chemical flea treatments can be worse than the fleas themselves. Tweet This.
They are full of toxic chemicals that will kill the fleas, but will also damage your pet and possibly your children or yourself. These treatments kill thousands of pets each year.
It happened to us, and you can read our story here … but to make a long story short, Frontline killed our dog, Franklyn. This is the reason we started Glynne’s Soaps.
In addition, they can have adverse affects on humans, especially children. Because children are more likely to pet the dog, or touch toys, floors or furniture where there might be residue and then put their hands in their mouths, they are more likely to suffer effects from the toxins.
So, what can you do to keep the fleas away?
Because of our experience, we have developed an all natural three step process for fighting fleas.
Use All Natural Soap and Fido Fresh on your dog. Franklyn’s Soap 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. Fido Fresh contains a blend of essential oils that can keep the fleas at bay. Spray it on your dog after they have been outside to keep them (and you) flea free.
- Treat your yard with food-grade diatomaceous earth. 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.
- If you get fleas in your house, treat with 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.
By using these all natural methods to fight fleas, you can keep your whole family safe this spring.
To celebrate the coming of spring, we are currently offering a special deal on our website. You can purchase a bar of dog soap and a Fido Fresh for $16. That’s a savings of over 10% off the regular price! Just use the coupon code SpringIsHere at checkout to get your savings.