Toxic chemical pesticides have been known to cause immediate health crises in some dogs and cats, and perhaps worse, these chemicals can circulate and accumulate in our pets' bodies, doing unseen damage to vital organs that may go undetected for years. And then there is the damage these chemical residues can do to our children, ourselves, and the environment. There are natural alternatives to the harsh and harmful chemical based flea and tick repellents.
Unfortunately, fleas can infest even the most spotless home. Fleas usually enter the house on your pets, but they can also hitch a ride on clothing, and have even been seen to jump right into the house on their own. Fleas can live in the cracks and around the edges of wood, laminate, or tile floors. They can also take refuge in furniture, bedding, and area rugs. If you live in an area with fleas, it is important to protect your pets at all times.
Finally, to prevent further problems, don’t forget environmental control. Cut the grass in the yard short to expose ticks to sunlight to kill them. Remove wood piles, a favorite hiding place for ticks, from the yard. Spraying the yard with beneficial nematodes, natural pyrethrum, or applying food grade diatomaceous earth are great natural approaches to killing ticks and other insects.