Many new pet owners wonder what is the best way to get rid of fleas. A popular way of getting rid of fleas today is to use flea spray. Another popular way is to use flea powders. Nevertheless, some pet owners will opt for the more convenient method of pills and tablets. Finally, there is the old reliable method that has been around forever. This is the flea collar. Whichever method a pet owner prefers, the animal is sure to live a longer and happier life when they are free from bloodsucking parasites.
Another method for controlling fleas that is gaining in popularity today are natural insecticides. Take for instance garlic powder. It is said to repel common parasites that can infest domestic animals. Likewise, common brewer yeast is also effective. Both can be applied externally as well as ingested.
Veterinarians that have studied nutrition say the first line of defense against fleas is proper nutrition. They point out that a lack of B vitamins, zinc, selenium and antioxidants in the bloodstream contribute immensely to the pets’ susceptibility to parasites. They also say if you must feed your pet commercially processed food then back it up with supplementation and vitamins.
Another approach is seldom known. Dr. Cindy Engles, Ph.D. writes in her book about how animals will roll in clay mud. This is to heal themselves and to repel insects. She documents the results of her study in a book titled Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them. As a substitution, the pet owner can use bentonite or Red Desert clay. Both can be purchased on the internet.
Finally, biting insects can also affect the home. For every one flea that is living on your pet, you can be assured 30 more are living in your home. A natural product called by diatomaceous earth can help here.