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We live in an age of instant access to information. In many ways, this has made learning easier. All you have to do is pick a topic, get on the world wide web, and start learning. You don't have to take a class or invest in a periodical. All the information you need is available through your computer. But the information you get on the internet isn't always trustworthy, and the stuff that is trustworthy can also lead you astray because something that works for one person may not work for another. Each home is different and each problem is different. This is why natural remedies tend to fail. It isn't that they don't work, it is that they are usually not implemented properly. Today, we're going to give a few examples as they relate to flea infestations in New Jersey.

The Old Flea Light Trick

Do you know that you can place a plate of soapy water under a desk lamp and kill fleas? Yup. We're not pulling your leg. If you lay a plate on the floor, put soapy water in it and set a lamp over it, fleas will jump toward the heat and fall into the soapy water and drown. But you can place a hundred of these traps around your home and never stop a flea infestation. This is because you're only killing adult fleas and you're not immediately killing them. Before those fleas die, they lay eggs in your home—lots and lots of eggs. This creates an endless cycle. Sure, you can kill some fleas with the old flea light trick, but there is little to no chance that this natural remedy will arrest your infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth vs. Fleas

This is an often-prescribed flea control solution. It is 100% natural when you use a food-grade diatomaceous earth. The idea is that you sprinkle a layer of this powder in areas of infestation, wait about two days and then vacuum it up. This will work to dehydrate the fleas and kill them off. Here are a few problems with this method:
  • You have to cover every inch of infested areas.
  • You have to repeat the process to get fleas that hatch from their eggs.
  • Diatomaceous earth can irritate your lungs and it is suggested that you wear a mask for the two days of application.
  • If your dog or cat is getting more fleas to replace the fleas you're killing, this will become an endless cycle.

Natural Flea Repellents

There are many organic smells, like rosemary and lemon, that can drive fleas away. But ask yourself, "Where are those fleas going to go?" If you spray or powder your entire home with something fleas don't like the smell of, they're not going to leave. They didn't hop into your home and they're not going to hop out. They'll just make the best of a stinky situation.

Plants That Drive Fleas Away

This is more of an outside flea prevention remedy but some people have these plants inside their homes to prevent fleas. Some examples are catnip, citronella, lavender, chrysanthemums and eucalyptus. Here's the problem:
  • These plants need to be touched in order to activate the scents that repel fleas. So unless you like to stroll around your home all the time, rubbing your plants, this method isn't going to work.
  • If you have these plants inside your home, you'll have to ask the same question as someone using natural flea repellents. "Where are the fleas going to go?"

2 Natural Remedies That Can Help

There are two things you can do that may have an impact on a flea infestation in your home if the infestation just got started. Clean your pets bedding and vacuum your rugs repeatedly. In conjunction with this, make sure you visit your veterinarian and have your pet treated for fleas or purchase a flea bath product and a flea collar for each of your pets. Together, these can stop and infestation that is just starting to take root.
We understand why you would want to use natural remedies. You want your pets and your family to be safe. But New Jersey fleas are potentially dangerous and very persistent pests that reproduce quickly and survive quite well in homes. For fast relief, reach out to Arrow Pest Control. We use EPA-approved, least-toxic products to break the cycle of a flea infestation. And we can guide you in figuring out how those fleas are getting into your home in the first place. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.

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