Everyone hates being annoyed by mosquitoes, flies and other insects. I don’t know about you, but I hate spraying things on my skin that I don’t know what the ingredients are.
I’m an avid organic gardener, I love the beach and I live in South Australia – we’re currently experiencing 40+ degrees C all this week (that’s 104+ F) and I choose not to even wear sunscreen. This is because our skin in the largest and most absorbent organ of our body and I choose not to deliberately poisen myself or my family members.
Of course I pick my times when I’m outside in such extreme temperatures. I water my garden in the evening and do all other outside chores in the early morning, so I can get away with just wearing a hat for protection from the sun. However, this doesn’t protect me from flies or mosquitoes and if you’ve ever visited South Australia in the summer you’ll understand just how bad the flies can be!! And unfortunately that lovely time of the day (dusk) when the flies dissappear, the mozzies take over!
So I found myself looking for a cheap, effective alternative to shop bought bottles or sprays of chemicals to combat these pesky, flying annoyances. I wanted a natural fly repellent that is easy and cheap to make.
Did you know that there are over 2,400 species of fleas? They are quite difficult to control for a variety of reasons: One female flea can produce 25,000 offspring in one month. An unfed adult can live for several months. The chemicals used to eradicate adult dog fleas usually have no effect on the eggs.
What’s worse is that fleas can be quite distressing for dogs! They can cause allergic dermatitis, tapeworms, and anaemia. Most of the eggs are not laid on the dog but in the dog’s bedding, in the rug, and on the furniture. It is extremely difficult to eradicate fleas completely. The most you can hope for is to control them and to keep your dog reasonably comfortable during the warm, moist flea season.
Some dogs are bothered more by the use of pesticides than they are by fleas. Flea collars, sprays, powders, and shampoos are all loaded with pesticides and can be very expensive. So it is far better to use a natural solution to get rid of those fleas.
If you’ve had a flea collar on your dog, take it off your dog and put it, or a moth crystal, into your vacuum cleaner bag to kill any vacuumed adult fleas. Groom him daily with a flea comb. Do not be surprised if you occasionally find a flea on him. He will bring them in from outside. Remember, you may not be able to totally get rid of them, only control them. But using the method described on the video above is one of the best home remedies for fleas on dogs.