Here in Florida, flea and tick season is year round. However, in most areas these buggers arrive in the spring and summer months.
In addition to your preventative of choice, here are some must-have items to help you and your companion survive the season.
These are an extra layer to your prevention.
We like to use Wondercide's Flea & Tick repellent for pet's and home. Before going on a walk you can use this to keep even the mosquitoes away.
You can even use a diluted spray of 50/50 apple cider vinegar to water. We personally prefer Wondercide since it smells better.
Or better yet, you could use both if your pup allows it!
Dr. Bonner's Citrus Castle Soap is great to have on deck in case you suspect fleas on your dog, but can't quite catch them. It's safe on pets and kills fleas!
It's a less toxic version of a typical flea and tick shampoo.
Here is what they say on their website, "Bronner's will kill fleas on your dog, but only while you're washing your dog. The castile soap also won't kill flea eggs. This means it won't have a long-lasting effect like a flea medicine would. Along with washing your dog when he has fleas, you should also throw his bedding in the laundry."
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Flea & Tick Comb:
These combs have teeth that are very finely spaced to help catch fleas, larvae and eggs. *gross*!
Diatomaceous Earth Dust: People rave about this product and sprinkle it around their home where their dogs like to sleep and hang out. It dries out the exoskeleton of adult insects and causes them to die. After 72 hours, all you do is vaccum it up.
This is not effective against flea eggs or pupae but will kill adult fleas and may kill some larvae.
You can use Diatomaceous earth as well as Wondercide if you suspect fleas in your home.
Baking Soda: This helps increase the effectiveness of vacuuming.
How to use:
Sprinkle on your carpet and furniture
Using a hard brush or rag, rub it into the fabric
Vacuum all areas very well
Empty the contents of the vacuum into a plastic bag and throw it away in an outside garbage.
In The Yard:
Wondercide also has a repellent and killer for the yard that is safe for your pup.
We haven't used this yet since we live in an apartment, but it's something we will definitely purchase once we have a home.
We love to use Witch Hazel with Aloe as a way to ease Lido's flea bites when he get's them. This also works for any other type of itchy wound or skin infection!
To apply, get a piece of toilet paper or paper towel to pour the witch hazel onto. Then, apply and rub this into the itchy and red area for relief.