Terri Bennett – a national speaker, eco-expert and author of “Do Your Part: A Practical Guide for Everyday Green Living” – offers these alternatives to chemical pesticides for flea prevention and control.
Prevent fleas by giving your pet(s) regular baths with natural flea fighting shampoos that contain essential oils such as lemongrass, cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary or thyme.
If there’s already evidence of fleas, all natural borax will help kill them on carpets and rugs. Sprinkle some on and let sit for an hour before vacuuming. Of course, keep pets and children away from the area during treatment.
If you find that you need a stronger solution, ask your vet about oral medication to treat fleas.
Greenpaws.org provides a thorough guide where you can type in a flea or tick product to find out just how safe – or unsafe – it really is.