One of the biggest fears of pet owners is that their beloved pet has fleas. Having a flea infestation in your home is something no one wants! Sadly, sometimes it just happens and don’t be confused, you can have a very clean house and still have a flea infestation. Fleas don’t care about dirt or messes, they just need a host. But before you go out and buy a toxic flea bomb for your home let’s chat about how we can naturally get rid of the fleas and why flea bombs are not the best option.
Fleas are tiny little, reddish brown, irritating, wingless parasites that actually feed off your cats. Once they find a host (your cat or dog), they begin to make themselves at home and start to lay eggs. One female flea can produce up to 50 eggs a day. Yikes!
Let’s go over the flea life cycle to better understand what is happening. An adult flea searches for a host, and once on the host they begin to lay eggs. These eggs will fall off your pet and fall to the floor, bedding, in the yard, etc. Within 1 to 10 days larvae will come from the eggs. Keep in mind the environment has to be right for this to happen. I have known people that didn’t know they had a flea infestation only to come home after a two week vacation and the vibration of them walking into the house caused all the eggs to hatch. Eggs can lay dormant for a long time just waiting for the right environment to hatch.
If conditions are favorable, the larvae will spin cocoons in about 5-20 days of hatching from their eggs. This leads to the next life stage, called the cocoon or pupae stage. Once in this stage they can stay there for some time and won’t emerge until their potential host is made obvious. From here the cycle starts all over again.
Treating A Flea Infestation Naturally
When people go and get a bug bomb and treat their pooch with a chemical flea treatment, this doesn’t work to break the flea cycle because at best you are just killing the fleas in the adult and larval stage. So how can we stop this?!
We ALWAYS suggest treating with a non toxic natural flea treatment. Our Flea-eX not only kills fleas on our pets and around our home but it also repels them making their host undesirable, hence breaking the flea cycle. However, with a flea infestation, it’s not a once and done treatment with fleas.
We recommend to spray your cat(s) daily and be sure to get the hot spots where fleas like to hang out like the base of the tail and the ear and neck areas. We also recommend you vacuum daily; this plays a huge role in getting the eggs and larvae. After you vacuum, we recommend mixing one ounce of our Flea-ex with 1/2 gallon of water and spraying it around your home especially where the cats hang out. The flea cycle can take up to three months to break. So even after you stop seeing fleas we recommend continuing to treat.
Yes, breaking the flea cycle and getting rid of a flea infestation is a bit of work and it does take some time but it can be done without any harsh toxic chemicals that can be so harmful to our precious babies.