Non-toxic solutions for your pet’s flea control

My 2 cats have a fenced in area attached to the house that they can access from the garage and they do love to spend a lot of time outside in it.  The biggest concern for me with the outdoor garden is that they can catch fleas.  This year, I treated the area with a few natural remedies and I think it worked well.  I also flea comb them a few times a day to catch any of the critters that may still be around.

The non-toxic remedies I used were IGR or Insect Growth Regulator and Nematodes.  I followed the directions carefully on the bottles. I also started sprinkling some nutritional yeast on their food.  Fussy eaters..both of them…but they love it!!

Here in Iowa, we had a terrible humid summer and I was pleased with the way these 2 products work.  I’ll use them again next year, but will start earlier in the season.

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The search for natural flea remedies continues: nematodes

As spring is potentially arriving (we are getting about an inch of snow or slush today!), I have been doing more research into natural flea remedies. There seems to be several new products out there.

One is Nematodes..which are actually naturally occurring predators that live under the soil’s surface. They are not harmful to people or animals, or birds, plants and the rest of the environment, and I have read that they kill fleas in the yard or garden.

Nematodes start killing fleas within a day of their application, but it takes about 2 weeks for them to reach their full effect. An application lasts about 90 days and there are specific ways that they should be applied.

Has anyone had any direct experience with Nematodes? I like that each application lasts for 3 months and it seems like a safe way to keep fleas out of my enclosed cat pen in the summer and early fall.

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