Method to prevent fleas on cats

Flea Comb
This is very similar to the flea comb for dogs, and while some cats may find the scent of citrus unappealing, the way this is prepared can lessen the intensity of the smell to their sensitive noses (but not to the fleas) because you don’t use straight lemon juice. Fleas hate the overwhelming smell of lemon, and it seems to help deter them.

Combining the lemon with a flea comb-it can be either a regular comb, although the super fine toothed ones sold in stores are optimum-does twice as good a job. You get the pests out with the comb, while leaving a lingering scent of lemon that will keep them from coming back.

cat flea comb

You will need…
-A fine toothed comb or flea comb
-2-3 lemons
-3 cups of water
-A spray bottle
-A pot

Directions
Pour 3 cups of water into a pot and add in 3 lemons that have been chopped up. Bring this to a boil, and then remove from heat before letting the lemons steep in the water for 3 hours (3 is the magic number here it seems.) After it is done steeping strain the lemons and their particles from the liquid and pour into a spray bottle. You can than lightly mist your cat and go through their fur with the comb. Alternatively you can pour the liquid into a bowl and soak your flea comb directly in the solution and then go over your cat. Do this at least twice a day. You can also mist their bedding down, if they don’t seem to mind the smell. Remember, if your cat seems to think the lemon is unpleasant, try something else. You wouldn’t want to have to live covered in a smell you didn’t like either.

Personally: I have started using glass spray bottles when it comes to anything acidic like lemon juice, vinegar, etc., rather than plastic. Whether or not there is anything to chemicals leaching from the plastic, it puts my mind at ease.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath or Spray
Would you want to chomp onto something that smelled overwhelmingly foul to you? Probably not. The same thing is true of fleas and vinegar-even apple cider vinegar, which I actually like the smell of. Applying this during a bath or as a spray does not change a cats internal Ph. levels, and is a good way to naturally remove fleas, especially on kittens.

flea spray

You will need…
-A spray bottle
-Several cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
-Some very mild shampoo that is safe for cats (optional)

Directions
Fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar, apply directly to coat, and leave on. Alternatively you can carefully bathe your cat, either with just ACV or ACV and mild shampoo mixed together. If you are using just ACV spray a generous amount onto the fur and let it sit on your cat for 5 minutes before rinsing it off and following the bath with a flea comb. I prefer the shampoo route personally. If you do use it, use a half and half shampoo to vinegar ratio, and suds the cats head first-when you place the cat in water, the first thing fleas will do is run up to the head. Work the shampoo blend into their fur well and let it sit for 5 minutes, rinsing out thoroughly and follow treatment with a flea comb. If your cat will not tolerate a bath, use the spray bottle option, or gently pour cups of water of it instead of setting it in standing water (submersion may make the experience that much more scary to your cat.)

3. Dry D.E. Shampoo
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock that is made up of the fossilized remains of ancient hard shelled algae (called diatoms, hence the name.) Easily crumbled into a fine powder, DE is an effective and safe means of repelling fleas. While harmless to humans or pets, it is lethal to fleas because of its tiny but incredibly sharp edges that can slice right through the pest’s tough, waxy, exoskeleton. The fleas then die of dehydration. It is important that you only use food grade diatomaceous earth-any other kind is not approved for use on animals or humans, not to mention it will be too finely ground to kill the fleas. Food grade can be safely used externally and internally in both humans and animals, which means that when your cat goes to lick itself off, DE won’t hurt it.

The biggest thing you want to avoid is breathing it in-you don’t want those little particles in your throat. This can be avoided by wearing a mask when using it in large quantities (if you are dusting the cats bedding down, for example) and by not going overboard when putting it on your pet.

diatamaceous earth flea remedy

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Home remedy to get rid of roaches

Visible roaches – If you spot a roach, it is almost certain that you have a cockroach infestation. They breed so fast that the likelihood that this is a solitary individual is near zero.

Musty odor – a severe roach infestation will lead to a pungent almost ‘rotting’ smell in and around your home. The smell is particularly strong in humid climates.

Egg casings – Where roaches like to hide, they often leave behind the shell casing for their eggs. However, if their food source becomes scarce, ironically roaches will ‘clean up’ by eating the egg shells.

 

Cockroach feces – Roach feces can often be found behind units or in cupboards etc. The feces look similar to coffee grounds and as is the case with roach egg casing, are often consumed when food is scarce.

Dead roaches – With any large insect population, dead individuals will soon become apparent. As with egg casings, and feces, roaches will eat the dead bodies when food is scarce.

Scratching sounds – Roaches are more active at night and with the background noise reduced, you can often hear them scuttling around.

Stomach upsets – If you or your children experience perpetual upset stomachs and diarrhea, this may also be a sign of a roach infestation. The roaches carry a cocktail of harmful bacteria that they will leave behind on kitchen work surfaces, making your family ill.

How to prevent cockroaches
It goes without saying that prevention is better than cure.

As with any living creature, the cockroach will breed and multiply according to its environment.

If you want to know how to prevent cockroaches at home, then you need to think what attracts cockroaches: water, food, and shelter. Cockroaches like damp and humidity, like to hide in tight spaces and will eat almost anything.

These cockroach prevention home remedies will stop roaches from entering the home.

Water

First of all, you need to make sure your house is free from damp and mold.

If there is one thing what attracts cockroaches, it is damp. Cockroaches use a waxy surface on their exoskeleton to help prevent moisture loss but still need a steady supply of water.

They can get water from their food but they will congregate in any moist and enclosed area to guarantee their supply. You must check all pipes, small leaks, and broken drains.

Cold water pipes will attract condensation in warm weather which is sufficient to sustain the roaches. Consider insulating your pipes if this is the case.

Food

If you want to know what do roaches eat, they will eat almost any organic matter. Getting rid of pest food sources is essential. While a home may appear superficially clean, a cockroach will have a totally different viewpoint.

Pet hair, crumbs, grease spots, dirty clothes and dead insects are all staple fare for the roach.

Juveniles will gorge on the feces of adults and when food is scarce, adults will eat their young and egg cases.

It goes without saying that all food must be stored in sealed plastic or glass containers. Nothing must be left open overnight.

Sealing food will also keep out other pantry pests such as weevils and drugstore beetles, so it really is a must.

If you have cockroaches you must not just clean, but conduct the deepest clean you can imagine. Clean inside cabinets, behind fridges, under units.

Wipe down everything to eliminate accumulated grease.