Substances that repel fleas include lavender, lemon balm, catnip, citronella and peppermint. Growing these plants near windows and doors or keeping them as houseplants repels fleas, mosquitoes and other biting insects. Essential oils from these plants are also effective insect repellents.Know More
To repel fleas with peppermint, lavender or lemon balm essential oils, mix several drops of oil in a clean spray bottle filled with tepid distilled water. Spray the mixture on clothing, bed linens, pet beds, carpets, drapes and other textiles. Add more oil for a stronger fragrance.
Cedar oil is a powerful flea repellent that is particularly effective when infused into homemade dog collars. Mix a few tablespoons of warm filtered water with three or four drops of cedar oil then use an eyedropper to dribble the solution over a clean dog collar or a bandanna. Place the bandanna or collar on the dog's neck, and refresh the oil once a week. For extra protection, mix together one tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of lavender or cedar oil. Apply two or three drops at the base of the dog's tail once a day.
Marigolds are also effective flea repellents. These bright blossoms also add pops of color to gardens and window boxes.Learn more about Fleas & Bedbugs
Killing fleas in a home, in a garden or on a pet requires multiple tactics, from combing the pet to watering the yard with a specially formulated flea killer. The entire process can take months, according to Elizabeth Weintraub of About Home, but the results are a flea-free environment that remains such as long as no new fleas are introduced.Full Answer >
Fleas can live up to eight days on short-haired animals and even longer on animals with long hair. When adult fleas have no host to feed upon, they can survive from a few days to a couple of weeks.Full Answer >
People who are not vision impaired can see fleas if they show themselves. Fleas are fast and don't stay visible for long. Fleas are one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch long and hide in fur, and flea eggs are even smaller, about one-fiftieth of an inch, and harder to see.Full Answer >
Spiders, ants, ground beetles, frogs, lizards and snakes all eat fleas. Nematodes, also called roundworms, eat flea larvae, which are fleas before they become adults.Full Answer >