How To Tuesday – Control Fleas

As the weather is getting warmer, the flowers and plants are waking from their winter sleep, and so are the bugs.  At our house, the most prevalent crawling thing this season has been spiders.  They seem to be everywhere.

All Natural Flea Treatment

Pesticide Free Flea Treatment

Some of you might be experiencing troubles from other, more obnoxious pests – like fleas.  A flea infestation can be annoying and dangerous.  But the  current treatments are also dangerous because they are full of pesticides.

We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas with all natural products.  Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment.  This is what we do:

For the outside (lawn and garden), 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.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.  At our house, it’s kept in an old ketchup bottle, which makes it easier for spreading under the deck and in other hard to reach places.

On our pets , we use an all natural soap to bathe regularly.   Franklyn’s is a good choice for dogs 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 and can also be used on cats. For dogs we also make Fido Fresh which can not only be sprayed directly on a dog but can also be sprayed on bedding or other places where your dog likes to hang out.

If we get fleas in the house, we use Borax.  It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  To use we recommend this process:

  • Locate carpeted areas where fleas are most likely to nest. Pay particular attention to areas where your pet spends a lot of time.
  • Conduct a spot-test on your carpet by spreading a small amount of borax on a small section of carpet and allowing it to sit for a short period of time. Check the carpet for a change of color or any other damage; if the borax appears to alter your carpet in any way, do not use it.
  • Apply a light layer of borax over the area you would like to treat.
  • Work the borax into the carpet with a broom or brush, making sure it works down between the fibers, where fleas and their eggs are.
  • Allow the borax to sit for at least 3 hours
  • Vacuum the treated area several times and empty the canister or replace the bag.

The Borax process should be repeated in three weeks because this is the gestation period for fleas and any eggs that were missed will be starting to hatch and you don’t want another infestation.

We have been using this approach for the past two years 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.

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Why Every Small Business Owner Should Be Ready

Last night we decided, on a whim, to go out to dinner.  As we were waiting for our table a man asked us if we owned a business and if we were at the farmers market in Carolina Beach.  We answered “Yes” to both questions and Gayle went on to add that our business was all natural soaps, lotions, lip balm and scrubs.  The woman that was with our new friend asked if our products were for people or dogs.  We naturally said, “Both” and  she mentioned that that is what her partner had said, but she didn’t believe him.

She then told us about her dog with a skin condition and we recommended Roxy Soap for her.  Gayle pulled out a business card and gave it to them, with the promise that we would happily bring them soap if they would give us a call.  As the conversation progressed, we discovered that we live not far from each other (probably less than 2 miles) and had a mutual friend.  It was a nice, spontaneous chat.

It also reminded me of a few things that, as small business owners, we should be aware of all the time.

  • We are always in the public eye.  Just because no one may mention that they have seen us at the farmers market or another festival doesn’t mean that they aren’t thinking it.  We are representing our business everywhere we go.
  • We should always be ready.  You never know when the opportunity to talk about your business might present itself.
  • Always carry business cards (at least).  There have been times when we are out and someone asks us for a card and we don’t have any available.  That is a lost opportunity.  We have gotten in the habit of always having some with us, just in case.

We are very fortunate to receive tons of positive feedback from our customers.  Just yesterday we received an order for Spearmint and Tea Tree Lip Balm followed by this tweet:

lauracogginsFeb 23, 11:26am via WebJust ordered another supply of @glynnesoaps lip balm. Their spearmint & tea tree oil is seriously the best, y’all.

We also received a call from a woman who swears by our Franklyn soap for her dog.  We met her in a church parking lot and delivered her some soap.

All this to say, we have the best customers in the world!  Thank you all for your support, we wouldn’t be where we are without it.  As another thank you we are offering a 15% customer appreciation discount.  Order from our website between now and the end of February and use coupon code THEGREATEST to receive your discount.

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Love a Pet Fair – Wrigley’s TV Debut

The entire staff of Glynne’s Soaps was out of the office on Monday to attend the 2nd annual Love A Pet Fair put on by New Hanover County Animal Control.  The purpose of the event was to bring pet lovers together with groups that can help them care for their pets in the best way possible.  And of course we were there warning pet owners of the dangers of topical pesticide flea treatments and offering an all natural alternative.

Without a doubt, Wrigley was a hit.  We enjoyed being able to see him on the news that night in his television debut.  He can also be seen in this video created by Tom Grady who writes the Cape Fear Critters blog for the Wilmington Star News.

It is never to early to start thinking about summer and flea season. This year, protect your pet with Franklyn’s All Natural Dog Soap instead of harmful pesticides. It will be safer for your entire family.

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Spring has Sprung

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.

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