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    All-Natural, Effective Flea Control for your Cat


    All-Natural, Effective Flea Control for your Cat


    The best approach for flea control is to start with less toxic and more natural options and to use more stringent measures only if reasonable control is not achieved. As a prerequisite for any flea control program, I recommend maximizing your pet's health and resistance through a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Along with this, it is important to practice sanitation and deep cleansing.


    Understanding the life cycle of the chip clearly shows why cleaning is so important. Adult fleas live around three to four months. During this time, they regularly put small white eggs on your pet that look like dandruff or salt crystals. Flea eggs hatch into larvae that live in cracks and crevices in carpets, upholstery, blankets, floors, sand, dirt, etc.

    Because these tiny larvae can not jump or travel very far (less than an inch), they feed on black spots of dried blood ('flea dust') that fall with the eggs during grooming and scraping. After one or two weeks, the larvae pass through a cocoon phase (nymph). A week or two later, they hatch like little fleas that jump over the warmest body that passes (usually your pet, sometimes you!). They sting you for a blood meal and then start the whole process again. This cycle lasts 2 to 20 weeks, depending on the temperature of the house or the environment. In summer, flea season, the complete cycle usually lasts only 2 weeks. That's why chips increase so quickly at that time.

    The bad news is that, no matter how many adult fleas you kill, at the same time many future chips grow in the environment. The good news is that these eggs, larvae, nymphs, and fleas that feed can be vacuumed or washed in clothes. And since the development chips are so quiet, they are more concentrated where your pet sleeps, so you know where to focus your efforts.


     


    Your essential ally in the fight against fleas is cleanliness, both for your pet and for your home, especially in the areas where your pet sleeps. Regular cleaning interrupts the life cycle of fleas and dramatically reduces the number of adult fleas found on your pet, especially if it acts before the start of the flea season. So start your program with these non-toxic steps. Steam your carpets early in the flea season (or as soon as you start your flea control program). Although it costs a bit expensive, steam cleaning is effective to kill flea eggs.


    Wash your pet's bedding with hot water and soap at least once a week. Dry to the maximum heat. The heat will kill all stages of the flea's life, including eggs. Remember that flea eggs are very slippery and fall off easily from bedding or blankets. Carefully wrap the sheets on the bed to keep all the flea eggs that are on the way to the washing machine. Use a non-toxic shampoo, as recommended above, like one that contains d-limonene (only for dogs).



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