Warm weather brings a lot of good. So much good, in fact, that you can overlook the allergies, heat, and harsh sunlight. But one thing that is hard to overlook is the fleas and ticks. This is especially a concern for families with pets. Fleas and ticks love furry animals because they can hide more easily, and the environment near the skin tends to stay warm, humid, and offers an ample blood supply.
Once your furry pet comes inside, they will bring the uninvited fleas and ticks with them. While a concern for pets, both can also prove troublesome to humans too.
The best way to prevent fleas or ticks from becoming a problem this spring and summer is to start prevention and planning now.
How to Defend Against Fleas and Ticks Hatching in the Spring
If you’re dealing with a flea infestation, the easiest time to kill them is right after they hatch. Here are the steps you need to take to start:
- Thoroughly vacuum your entire house, top to bottom. It doesn’t matter whether you have carpet, rugs, wood floors, or laminate.
- Empty the vacuum bag immediately outside in a sealed bag or container.
- Immediately repeat this process: vacuum the entire house again, and immediately empty the vacuum bags outside and in something you can seal.
- Wash all human and pet bedding. If you have removable couch or cushion covers that can be thrown in the washing machine, wash them as well.
- Vacuum all furniture (following the same disposal rules above).
- If you have a pet, bathe them. You don’t need something harsh or ridden with chemicals. Even a mild dish soap is fine.
- After shampooing your pet, comb their fur with a fine-toothed flea comb. Rinse them off, and repeat.
- After that, if your vet has given you a recommended treatment product for your pet, use it.
Because of the life cycles of ticks and fleas, you will need to continue vacuuming, combing, and cleaning bedding, linen, and furniture for the next two weeks.
After two weeks, you need to do another deep clean of the whole house again. Otherwise, you’re just two weeks away from a brand new infestation.
If you’d like to avoid all of this pain and hassle, preventing a flea infestation before it starts is your best bet. That means using a prevention treatment on your pets and on your yard that is safe and non-toxic for both animals and humans. These all-natural products from Wondercide and Pet Naturals of Vermont are a great first step in preventing fleas from ever taking hold in your household.
Flea & Tick Yard Garden Ready to Use by Wondercide
Using Flea & Tick Yard Garden Ready to Use from Wondercide couldn’t be easier. Just attach the container to your hose and spray. This ready-to-use product kills adult pests, eggs and larva, and is safe for lawns, and patios and kennels. Unlike traditional yard products, Wondercide is suitable for children, pets, plants, bees, and beneficial insects, even when wet! Like all Wondercide products, it’s 100% naturally derived and free of artificial colors, fragrances, and synthetic pesticides.
Flea & Tick Control for Pets and Home by Wondercide
Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home is another safe, all-natural pesticide from Wondercide. With a fresh lemongrass scent, Fleak and Tick Control for Pets + Home is specifically made for indoor use: it’s just as effective and safe for bedding, upholstery, and carpet, as it is for dogs and cats of all ages, including senior pets. It’s strong enough that it kills and repels adults, eggs, and larvae life cycle stages, but is still safe for use around pregnant mothers, nursing women, and children.
Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs and Cats of All Sizes — Pet Naturals of Vermont
If you’re desperate to keep fleas and ticks off of your beloved pets this summer, but don’t want to spray them with toxic chemicals, then try Flea + Tick Spray for Dogs and Cats of All Sizes from Pet Naturals of Vermont. Flea + Tick Spray for Pets from Pet Naturals of Vermont uses a blend of specially formulated Brazilian oils, including lemongrass, cinnamon, sesame, and castor oils. These oils protect against ticks and fleas and may repel mosquitoes and flies. Since there are no synthetic chemicals, you don’t need to worry about your cat or dog experiencing potential toxic effects from licking or cleaning themselves. It’s completely safe to apply to pet grooming tools, collars, and bedding.
And if you’re dealing with serious side effects from a recent or past bite from one of these pests, then consider the Bartonella Series from DesBio.
Bartonella Series 1M and Bartonella Series 10M by DesBio
Bartonella Series 1M from DesBio is a homeopathic support formula that contains seven strains of Bartonella, a bacteria in the genus Bartonellaceae, a family of intracellular parasites, which can be introduced to humans following bites from certain ticks, fleas, lice, or sandflies. When taken as instructed by our on-staff certified nutritionist, this formula may provide temporary relief from occasional pain and fever, disruptions to normal sleep patterns and cognition. It may support a healthy cardiovascular system and joints and may also promote a healthy tolerance to harmless substances and environmental challenges.
This supplement uses the system of medicine known as homeopathy that follows the belief that introducing a diluted form of a natural or environmental challenge into the body may promote a healthy immune response that creates an ideal outcome. The Bartonella Series 1M contains one part of the seven strains of Bartonella diluted in one million parts distilled water and 25% ethanol. Bartonella Series 10M is the same, except that the 10M formula contains 10 vials of Bartonella in 10M dilution. Consultation is required for these products.
How do you defend against fleas and ticks hatching in the spring?