© Frances Michaels
Fleas are parasites of warm-blooded animals and thrive in warm, humid conditions. An adult female lays between
4 to 8 eggs every time she feeds on blood and may lay several hundred eggs in her lifetime. The flea's
lifecycle from egg to larvae, to pupa and then to adult may take as little as 18 days or more than a year if
conditions are unfavourable.
Regularly comb pets with a fine-toothed flea comb, bathe pets regularly and have pets only sleep in one area.
Using the dog as a 'host' can help in control, comb them first, and then let the dog wander around the house
attracting fleas and then comb them again. This will let you know if the numbers are dropping. Remember to
regularly wash anything the dog sleeps on. Constant vacuuming will help but getting the carpets steam-cleaned
would be better. Follow-up with continual vacuuming of carpets and furniture.
Suggested Organic Strategies
DE for Animals
Natra-Kelp Liquid Seaweed For Animals
Neem Pet Pack
Orange Guard Crawling Insect Spray
- Fleas deposit their eggs in less-travelled areas like behind doors and under furniture, also in an
animal's bedding. Regular vacuuming helps and storing the vacuum bag in the freezer between vacuumings will
make sure all the fleas vacuumed are dead, although often the dust kills them. Removing the dust bag from the
vacuum cleaner and sealing the opening with clear sticky tape will let you know if fleas are hatching and
trying to escape.