Fighting Fleas Naturally

It’s that time of year and don’t our dogs know it!  An unseasonably warm winter and spring tricked these pests into coming out early

Protect your dogs from fleas, ticks, and other parasites year round with natural alternatives.

and with a vengeance.  Fighting them chemically can make them stronger.  Like many species, they adapt to the chemicals and become stronger each generation.  And boy, do they breed.  In its 90 day lifespan, a single flea can lay over 5,000 eggs!   Instead of going right for the chemical solutions, consider natural alternatives for fighting back.  From food additives to oils and plants, there are solutions for every household.

Keeping on top of fleas is the key.  Regular baths with a pest-repelling soap or shampoo like our Asta Goat’s Milk Dog Soap will remove fleas from your dog without drying their skin.  If you wash them in a tub or kiddie pool, add some salt to the water for the pre-rinse. Salt stops fleas in their tracks.  Between baths, use a flea comb to remove fleas from your furkid.  Dip the comb in soapy water after each pass through its coat to dispose of stragglers.

After the bath, there are a variety of options for repelling pests. Forums at Garden Web and articles on Care 2The Whole Dog, and Mother Earth News provide a wealth of information about natural alternatives.  On Garden Web, members share what worked and failed for them.  One thing the information has in common from these sources is the use of herbs and essential oils as topical solutions.  Herbal flea dips and homemade flea collars have good results in many areas.  For those seeking topical solutions, pet owners report good results from direct essential oil application as a spray used as or directly between the shoulder blades and above the tail.

Food additives repel pests by making your dogs’ blood and skin less attractive to them.  If they don’t smell delicious, the pests are less likely to give a taste.  Commercially-prepared supplements with Brewer’s Yeast and garlic are readily available and generally safe.  Large quantities of raw garlic, however, can lead to tummy problems and should be avoided.

For many dogs, a mix of solutions tend to do the trick.  Before making the final decision on which option to choose, research the alternatives before making the purchase.  The Humane Society of the United States provides an excellent overview of pest control product ingredients and the ASPCA provides a list of foods that are poisonous to dogs.

Here’s to fighting the good fight without the use of toxic chemicals!

For more information about our Asta Dog Soap and benefits of the ingredients we use, visit us at NoirNaturals.com.

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About Noir Naturals

The idea behind Noir Naturals stems from the good ole days as some would say it. We often sit back and remember the days when we were children playing outside all day. Dusk would be approaching and our mothers and grandmothers would call us inside. When inside an old black and white classic of Andy Griffith would be playing on television. Granny would tell us to run out to the garden, get a tomato and bring it in. She’d slice it up and we’d have it for dinner. The memories of those days still permeate our minds and it symbolizes a simple, safe, natural time in our lives. In those days one could leave the doors unlocked at night without worry. Our great grandmothers churned butter, made and cut soap for use at home. That was the norm back then. While Netflix and others do a great job of listing Noir movies for us to relive some of the ole days, we wanted to continue those days in more of a practical way today. In the ole days things were natural and not made with chemicals. We therefore wanted to go back to those times and make products that are not only good for your skin and body, but are also pure, natural, simple and safe, just as the ole days were. Our products are paraben free, not tested on animals and do not contain any artificial dyes or pigments. We invite you to go back in times with us to those good ole days, with our Noir Naturals products, to experience Yesterday Once More. To learn more about Noir Naturals, visit www.NoirNaturals.com or give us a call at 1-985-590-5461. View all posts by Noir Naturals

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