Fleas and Ticks can be more of a nuisance than many other critters, as they are challenging to get rid of and can cause unpleasant side effects, like itching, rashes, and even spreading disease. The effects can be an annoyance not only to animals but also to their humans they share their home with. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of and keep fleas and ticks away, but these methods require dedication and time. Let us review some of these methods:
1. Topical flea treatments like Frontline Plus
Topical treatments are applied between the shoulder blades of a dog, and they last anywhere from 30-90 days, depending on the brand, as well as where your pet lives (inside or outside) and how often they get a bath. More baths will decrease the length of effective treatment. Many pet owners prefer these topical treatments because they are easy to apply and do not have to be done often. Some dogs have had side effects from these topical treatments, including rashes, occasional seizures, and personality changes.
2. Flea baths
These treatments consist of a monthly or bi-monthly bath in a flea- and tick-killing and repelling shampoo. These baths work well to get rid of fleas and ticks but are not the most effective prevention option. Owners who prefer these baths often like them because, of all medicinal options, they are the least likely to cause a significant reaction. Since dog owners typically bathe their dogs anyway, this eliminates an extra step.
3. Dish soap
Using dish soap to get rid of fleas and ticks does not work overtime as a preventative but is an excellent option for initial treatment. Dawn Blue soap is known to kill live fleas and ticks on contact and to prevent eggs from hatching after use. This is a gentle alternative for initial treatment.
4. Baking soda
Using baking soda is a newer alternative to flea and tick treatment for those owners wanting a more natural approach. By being sprinkled on a dog or cat, it will essentially suffocate any live fleas or ticks. By having a light dusting in their fur, infestations of more fleas and ticks will also be discouraged.
5. Diatomaceous earth
For a real all-natural solution for home and garden, dichotomous earth is a fabulous option. You can sprinkle this non-toxic powder in grass or flower beds, and while it will not hurt wildlife, it will internally kill fleas and ticks. You can also use it topically on cats and dogs or bedding to kill any present fleas and ticks.
6. Flea repelling plants
Yet another popular solution some people swear by is using plants, like rosemary, lavender, catnip, chamomile, eucalyptus, etc., to repel fleas and ticks. This method is the most inconsistent, as to be effective, there has to be an abundance of the plants at all locations where fleas and ticks might like to reside. However, several pet owners plant these close to doorways and front porches to deter fleas and ticks from entering the home.