For such tiny critters, fleas can do a whole lot of harm to both pets and pet owners. Aside from being plain annoying and gross, they can also cause anemia in small animals and allergic reactions in humans and their furry friends alike. And with adult female fleas laying 40 to 50 eggs per day, you could have an infestation on your hands within the week. So what’s an animal lover to do? Many of us are understandably hesitant when it comes to harsh chemical medications and bug bombs, so here’s a list of natural options for preventing and killing fleas.
Conquer the Laundry
When you choose to avoid strong chemicals to get rid of fleas, many of your options will involve a little more labor than applying medicine or setting off a bomb. To keep your home flea-free, you need to handle the places fleas hide and breed. Piles of laundry are a huge culprit, which means you have no choice but to get them done. The great thing about this method is that as long as you use hot water and soap, you’ll kill any fleas or flea eggs hiding in the clothes and linens—bringing you one step closer to a pest-free environment. To be sure you’ve eradicated the fleas, wash clothes in water that’s at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or more. Then use the highest, hottest setting on your dryer that’s safe for your laundry.
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